Resources & Society: The Role of Geological Surveys

PD11: Panel Discussion. Looking Back and Forward: The Role of Big Data and Intelligent Technologies in the Geosciences
This session celebrates successes in big data within the international geological survey community, and explores how exciting new technological directions, such as the application of artificial intelligence, will impact next generation geoscience and the geological survey organization of the future.

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.

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.

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: Future Role of Geological Mapping and 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.