Division of Environmental Geosciences
The division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) was established in 1992, when “the House of Delegates of the Association indicated support for the concept that basic environmental issues be addressed from a geological point of view, thereby transferring the profession’s understanding of geological, geochemical, geophysical, and hydrogeological principles and methodologies to the solutions of environmental problems.”
The purposes of this Division include:
- EDUCATING the membership of AAPG and the general public about important issues that affect petroleum energy minerals exploration and production.
- COMMUNICATING to the general public and government agencies the Association’s commitment to protect the environment while developing the world’s natural resources in a responsible manner.
- APPLYING the expertise developed in the petroleum/energy minerals industries and hydrogeology to resolve environmental problems.
- PROMOTING environmental self-regulation within the petroleum/ energy minerals industries.
- PROVIDING relevant educational opportunities and services for professional development of the AAPG membership through seminars and conferences in environmental geosciences, hydrogeology, and related fields.
DEG seeks to fulfill these purposes in several ways.We develop programs for AAPG annual, sectional, regional, and international meetings that include oral and poster presentations, short courses, panel discussions, and field trips. We also publish the peerreviewed Environmental Geosciences Journal, a quarterly publication that covers petroleum-focused environmental issues as well as a range of other environmental issues.We seek to identify and foster the conduct of research needed to improve understanding of environmentally sound practices related to energy industry activities. We are focused on establishing outreach to new members and offering opportunities for networking, cooperation, coordination and leadership worldwide. We also maintain an online resource and communication site to foster communication and dialog. Activities in all of these areas are supported by the efforts of DEG’s Committees.
Our committees that directly contribute to new programs and publications include:
- Annual Meeting Committee
- Continuing Education Committee
- CO2 Sequestration Committee
- Environmental Geophysics Committee
- Environmental Health and Safety Committee
- Geohazards Committee
- Hydrogeology Committee
- Publications Committee
Please visit our Web site at http://deg.aapg.org/ for more information about our activities, leadership, and committees. We ask that you consider joining DEG in applying geological perspectives to solving environmental problems.