Resources & Society: The Role of Geological Surveys

RS17: Geoscience Information Technology for the Next Generation
The session addresses development of geo-information technology for minerals, water, oil & gas, regional energy supply, and deep earth and offshore exploration, including standards and policy for data sharing, and also reviews of 3D/4D modeling, big data, combination of data from industries, etc.

RS18: Preserving Geoscience Data for Decision Making Tomorrow
Preservation and accessibility of data is paramount for use in future applications to society. We explore applications of "old data", issues of mandated preservation, leveraging public-private partnerships, and the challenges of saving data for future use when its original purpose has been served.

RS19: The Future Role of Geological Mapping in Resources and Research
At this session, geological mapping authors and program managers will highlight new geological mapping, long-term planning of geologic mapping programs, and innovations in geologic mapping, including resolution levels from global to urban, seamless compilations, 2D-3D coordination, web accessibility, and applications to resource management and research. The session will be a successor to oral and poster sessions that have attracted international speakers and attendees at GSA every other year for a decade, most recently in Baltimore. This proposal is meant to be coordinated with concurrent or successive sessions on geological surveys, on 3D geological mapping, on urban geology, and on geoscience information, as well as a proposed pre-conference 10th international workshop on 3D Geological Mapping.

RS20: Marine Geoscience and Geospatial Data Crossing Borders
Numerous national seabed mapping programs worldwide have demonstrated the necessity of proper knowledge of the seafloor. Maritime spatial planning, management of marine resources, environmental assessments and forecasting all require good seabed maps. The European EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data network) initiative assembles scattered and partially hidden marine data into continentally harmonized geospatial data products for public benefit. Now in its third phase the project aims at overseas collaboration. This session will bring together representatives from national mapping programmes and other international ocean mapping initiatives to share their expertise in order to discuss not only the ongoing initiatives but also future international collaboration.

RS21: Geoscience Syntheses of the Arctic
Conducted under the leadership of the A.P. Karpinski Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI), the Atlas of Geological Maps of the Circumpolar Arctic contains the Magnetic Anomaly Map of the Arctic and Gravity Anomaly Map of the Arctic, the Geological Map of the Arctic, a map of Metal and Mineral Deposits of the Arctic, and the Tectonic Map of the Arctic. These efforts represent the combined work of the geological surveys of the circum-Arctic nations including Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark (Greenland), Canada and United States (Alaska). This special session focuses on an overview of the published or soon-to-be-published maps in the Atlas of Geological Maps of the Circumpolar Arctic series. Also invited are international, national or regional contributions that address geoscientific issues and resources of importance to the circumpolar Arctic.

RS22: The Changing Role of Geological Surveys
Session 1. Progress in geological surveys: clarifying goals, choosing formats, selecting methods. Session 2: Promoting geoscience innovation and excellence within geological surveys. For a variety of reasons including mandates and demographics, geological surveys can become stuck in traditional geoscientific methods and administrative models. Session 3. Building geological survey capacity globally. Session 4: Relationships between geological surveys and non-governmental stakeholders: changing needs for information management and communication. Session 5: Changing roles of geological surveys in resource development and environmental stewardship.

RS23: The Roles of Geological Surveys in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM)
Traditionally public geoscience agencies have not played a major role in supporting the artisanal and small scale mining sector in many countries around the world despite the growth this activity. Many recognise that although there are great challenges presented by the growth of the sector, there are also significant opportunities for countries that are able to formalize the sector and bring benefit to communities and their economy. This session will include the participation of representatives from public geoscience agencies to address how geological surveys may better serve the sector.

RS24: Global-Scale Geochemical Mapping: A Critical Component for Resourcing Future Generations
An accessible, global-scale geochemical database, generated using standardized sampling, analytical, and quality control protocols, is a critical requirement as nations strive to meet the needs of future generations for adequate mineral resources exploited in an environmentally responsible manner. Such a database provides not only important data for exploration, but also vital information on the background variation of potentially toxic elements that might be released to the environment during mining and mineral processing. This session will focus on the status of developing such a global geochemical database and provide case histories of global-scale geochemical studies.

RS26: Three-Dimensional Geological Modelling for Sustainable Resource Development
Three-dimensional (3D) geological modelling facilitates the communication of subsurface geological relationships and aids decision-making for the utilisation of in-ground resources. The session welcomes resource-focussed contributions on 3D modelling methodology, standards, and local, regional and national case studies.