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Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Announces Event - Registration Open

The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society invites you to join the virtual screening of the film Picture a Scientist on October 1st and 2nd, 2020. The screening will serve as a community engagement event and a venue for dialogue on inclusion within the geoscience community. We are excited to discuss challenges and solutions to diversity, equity, and inclusion within our profession as we strive to create a welcoming space for all.  Click here to register for the event.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.


As part of the screening we will host a happy hour to reflect and discuss the screening on October 2nd at 4:30pm PST. Though Picture a Scientist centers on the voices of women in the sciences, the conversation is one that affects all members of the community: either as diverse representatives of the sciences or as allies and advocates. Registration is now open - tickets are limited. For more information please contact [email protected] or visit our website


The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Issues Statement on Social Injustice

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors and key personnel discussed and adopted the following statement:

Acknowledging our duty and ethical commitment to protect public welfare and provide equitable treatment, EEGS fully supports movements that denounce racism in all forms that permeate society today. We acknowledge the pain and trauma that communities of color are experiencing and stand with them in solidarity. As such, EEGS affirms its commitment to serve communities, the profession and our members with the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect. Together, we can make a difference.

The Board also named several members to a task force, which will develop policies and initiatives to further the intent of the statement.

Update on SAGEEP 2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting

The Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting have been rescheduled for March 14-18, 2021 at the Hilton Denver City Center hotel in downtown Denver.  We thank and extend our appreciation to all those involved and everyone who intended to join us at SAGEEP this past March.  We look forward to seeing you in 2021.  Questions and answers about the rescheduled meetings can be viewed here .

JEEG Editor Reports Highest Impact Factor in Publication's History

Editor Dale Rucker, Ph.D., recently announced that according to Scopus, the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) has achieved a Scopus Cite Score of 2.17, the highest rating since the inception of the publication in 2003.  Rucker said the 2019 rating will rise further when the December, 2019 issue (24.4) is published and cited. Scopus is a source-neutral abstract and citation database curated by independent subject matter experts.  

JEEG's Alan Witten Best Paper Award Recipient Named

G. Didem Beskardes, Geophysics Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM has been named as the 2019 Alan Witten Best Paper Award for "Power Density Distribution in Subsurface Fractures Due to an Energized Steel Well-casing Source."  The award ceremony for the 2019 Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics' (JEEG) best paper is typically held at SAGEEP; however, SAGEEP 2020 was postponed and will be rescheduled to March, 2021.  Ms. Beskardes will receive her award at that time.  For more information on EEGS awards, click here

Free Webinar:  "Near Surface Geophysical Consulting

Title of webinar: How to Become the Best and Well-Paid Geophysical Consultant in the Environmental Industry!"
Webinar Date and Time: 28 April 2020 at 10:00 AM Central U.S. time
Please click on the link for registration:

Newly Elected EEGS Board Meetings Begin 2020/21 Term April 23

Customarily, newly elected EEGS Board members assume their roles at the conclusion of SAGEEP each spring. Since SAGEEP 2020 could not be held, those new to the Board will join continuing members at the next Board meeting scheduled for April 23.

Newly elected members are:
Bart Hoekstra, President Elect
Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, VP Pre Elect - SAGEEP
Katherine Grote, VP Elect - Committees
Dan R. Glaser, At-Large Member
Moira Poje, At-Large Member

They will join returning EEGS Board members:

Dale D. Werkema Immediate Past President
Barry Allred, President
David Valintine, Vice President - Committees
Elliot Grunewald, Vice President – SAGEEP
Darren Mortimer, Vice President Elect - SAGEEP
Judith Robinson, At-Large Member
Lia Martinez, At-Large Member
Robert Garfield, At-Large Member

Take a moment to view the new Board roster at of Directors and the Committee Chairs at

President's Message
2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting 3/17/2020

After careful consideration of the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) Board of Directors and SAGEEP 2020 Planning Committee have decided not to hold SAGEEP and the 1st Munitions Response Meeting in Denver, Colorado from March 29 to April 2, 2020.

SAGEEP 2020 / 1st Munitions Response Meeting Planners and our partners, EAGE and NAOC, have worked diligently to monitor the coronavirus situation with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees in mind. Holding our conference is now impossible in light of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s March 16th order prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or greater in Denver, Colorado, through May 11.

Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to address questions arising from this recent announcement. We are working with our stakeholders and venue to address the many details as we move forward.

We will provide additional information via email and on the SAGEEP 2020 web site and ask that you please refrain from calling the EEGS business office at this time as we investigate alternatives and formulated plans relevant to this latest development. In the meantime, we urge those who were planning to attend the conference to modify their travel and accommodation arrangements accordingly.


Dale Werkema
EEGS President

Special Issue on Near-Surface Geophysical Software

FastTIMES Volume 24, 5 Special Issue on Geohysics for Geological Mapping (Co-Edited by Bruce Smith) is available for download as a single document (  Shortly we will be moving to segmenting the document to enable better tracking of reader’s interest and to provide improved exposure and value to advertisers. We will update you when that new publishing mode is ready for you to access and to trial.

Coming to the theme of Geophysics for Geological Mapping, with a Foreword from AASG President Richard Ortt, the perspective on this important use of near-surface geophysics for geological and resource mapping, is given contributions from US Geological Survey, Geological Surveys of Canada, Ireland, Iowa and Alaska, Geoscience Australia and from a North Dakota State Water Commission project. Various mapping approaches are also discussed in the Government Geophysics, Hydrogeophysics and Environmental Geophysics, Agricultural Geophysics, Infrastructure and Geotechnical Geophysics, and the Archaeological and Forensic Geophysics regular columns. Industry News, the geoDRONE Report, UXO Community News and updated news on SAGEEP 2020 are also featured.

JEEG Editor Reports Highest Impact Factor in Publication's History

Editor Dale Rucker, Ph.D., recently announced that according to Scopus, the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) has achieved a Scopus Cite Score of 2.17, the highest rating since the inception of the publication in 2003.  Rucker said the 2019 rating will rise further when the December, 2019 issue (24.4) is published and cited. Scopus is a source-neutral abstract and citation database curated by independent subject matter experts.  

2020 EEGS Membership Renewal Underway

Attention EEGS Members & Students:  If your email address on file is out of date, please take a moment to update your profile - membership renewal forms are being prepared for emailing.  To quickly update your email address, click My Profile, then My Profile/Edit Profile) sign in and enter your information.  If you've forgotten your log in information, please follow the online instructions to retrieve.  If you have any issues with updating your membership information, please let us know:

Latest issue of the FastTIMES Published -  US Infrastructure Geophysics

FastTIMES Vol 24, 3: Special Issue is available for download from FastTIMESLatest Issue page.  This issue focuses on examples of how near-surface geophysical and non-destructive testing methods can help in addressing both new and existing infrastructure site investigation, condition assessment and monitoring challenges, with case histories from the US, Norway, UK and Italy.  Associate Editor Professor Nigel Cassidy, Professor of Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Birmingham, School of Engineering who is a passionate advocate for infrastructure geophysics and engineering and who gave a Keynote address as SAGEEP 2018 on the future of infrastructure is the Guest Editor for this Special Issue.

Latest issue of the Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics Published

The September, 2019 issue (Vol. 24.3) of the JEEG has been published  According to Editor Dale Rucker "From my perspective, one of the largest accomplishments of my tenure over the past three years is the growth of the journal. When I talk of growth, I not only mean the number of submissions and articles published, but also in terms of maturity."  Click on the September, 2019 issue link to read more from the editor and to check out the current issue!

Call for Short Course Topics or Offers to Present

Here's your chance to recommend a Short Course or Workshop topic - or volunteer to present a Short Course or Workshop at SAGEEP and its parallel conferences.  The SAGEEP 20/20 Organizing Committee seeks your valuable input on topics or offers to present at SAGEEP or the parallel conference, 1st Munitions Response Meeting (click here for detailed information). This is your chance to influence what happens at the meeting.  If you have topics for future Short Courses/ Workshops, or would like to express interest in presenting a Short Course or Workshop, click here to complete and submit your topics. 

Latest issue of the FastTIMES Published - Managed and Natural Aquifer Recharge Geophysics

FastTIMES Vol 24, 2 (July, 2019): Managed and Natural Aquifer Recharge Geophysics is available for download from FastTIMESLatest Issue page. 

EEGS and EAGE Collaborate to Produce SAGEEP

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) representatives signed a joint agreement at SAGEEP 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee outlining the collaborative efforts which will be used to produce SAGEEP, beginning with SAGEEP 2019 in Portland, Oregon March 17-21, 2019. With a shared intent to provide the near surface geophysics community with the highest quality and most timely solutions possible to geophysical engineering and environmental problems and cutting edge research, the two groups have already begun to target topics and areas of interest across multiple disciplines. The architects of the agreement believe combined efforts will result in an enhanced SAGEEP experience, a wider audience and the growth necessary to sustain this important, unique educational offering in the near surface geophysical marketplace.