Division of Environmental Geosciences
The Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) supports the formation of the proposed Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD). From its beginning, DEG has participated in and supported AAPG’s mission of “advancing the science” and sharing this information with our members. Any of you who are members of other geological societies know that the pipeline for dissemination of information are the “sub-groups’ within those societies. They bring members and scientists with like interests together to discuss and refine ideas and concepts that have led to the breakthroughs that have pushed our profession to its current place. Many of our sister societies have numerous divisions. GSA for example has 17 divisions, and SPE is organized around sub-disciplines (currently six). Both of these organizations have experienced significant growth in the past decade.
The Advisory Board of DEG has discussed the issue of overlap of the proposed new PSGD. While DEG’s role does not have any area of significant overlap, the consensus is that some overlap is healthy and leads to collaboration of new ideas. Each of our disciplines approach problems in a different way and this difference stimulates new ideas and unique ways to address and solve common problems. DEG has a long history of shared areas of interest with EMD and we have worked together on several GTWs and workshops. This cooperation will continue and DEG looks forward to working with the proposed new division. Therefore DEG encourages the members of the House of Delegates to vote in favor of this new division at the upcoming annual meeting in May.