American Geophysical Union Meeting, International Year of Planet Earth
Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) staff members organized and conducted two oral and two poster scientific sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, held December 14-18, 2009, in San Francisco, California. The ISGS sessions were dedicated to assessment of natural and human-caused hazards and groundwater-surface water interaction processes. More than 50 scientific papers from around the world were presented in the ISGS sessions. The ISGS sessions also contributed to the United Nation's International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) effort. The aim of IYPE is to raise worldwide public and political awareness of the vast but underused potential of earth sciences for improving the quality of life and safeguarding the planet and to develop a new generation of such experts to find new resources and to develop land more sustainably. Larry Woodfork, Chair of the Board of Directors and Officers of the IYPE Corporation, presented the keynote address entitled "Geohazards in the IYPE: An Example of a Holistic Approach to Achieving a Vision." The presentation was given as part of the AGU session, Land-Ocean-Atmospheric Processes Associated with Natural and Man-Made Hazards. Participants of the IYPE ISGS Natural Hazards session included Werner Janoschek, IYPE Goodwill Ambassador; Wolfgang Eder, Member of the IYPE Board, Representative of the IYPE for Europe; Larry Woodfork, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Officers Corporation of the IYPE; Yevgeniy Kontar, ISGS; and Laszlo Szarka, IYPE contributor. The session was attended by more than 100 people.