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Science and Engineering in the Civil Service – by Heather Britton

Governments need scientists, and Heather Britton is telling you what to expect if you decide to join the Civil Service Fast Stream.  For the past year, I have been on the Science and Engineering Fast Stream scheme. As the graduate recruitment season is in full flow, I thought there would be an interest in describing the kinds of roles that I have been exposed to on the Science and Engineering Fast ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Using Geoscience Skills to Improve Global Health; Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Science. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s Apr-Jul #GfGDpicks #SciComm

Using Geoscience Skills to Improve Global Health; Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Science. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s Apr-Jul #GfGDpicks #SciComm

Jesse Zondervan picks his favourite posts from geoscience and development news which cover the geology for global development interest. Here’s a round-up of Jesse’s favourite selections for the last four months of 2020: In the words of Sarah Derouin at AGU’s Eos “some geoscientists have seen their productivity grind down to plate tectonics speeds while the pandemic rages on”, but some environmenta ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Introducing Our New Authors – Olivia Mejías

Over the next few weeks, we’d like to introduce you to some new faces on the GfGD blog, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on topics relating to geoscience and sustainable development. We’re delighted to have their input and look forward to their posts. Today we interview Olivia Mejías – a project geologist currently researching critical metals in Chile at the Sustainable Minerals Institu ...[Read More]

WaterUnderground

How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

By Carole Dalin The coronavirus outbreak is a global shock that has affected labour supply, productivity and aggregate demand around the world. However, less is known about what impact this shock will have on global water resources.         Disruptions of global food systems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are, at least for now, more linked with the supply chain than with food production or food s ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

As this year’s pandemic spreads through Brazil, our own Bárbara Zambelli notices a positive shift in the natural environment. In this article, she wonders, what if we shift from an ethics of exhaustion, to one of abundance? This, she argues, is what geoethics is about. [Editor’s note: This post reflects Bárbara’s personal opinions. These opinions may not reflect official policy positions of Geolog ...[Read More]

WaterUnderground

Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

By Tom Gleeson, Adam Ward, Anne Jefferson, and Skuyler Herzog Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are in the same situation: all of a sudden ‘pivoting’ to online teaching, which is probably better called ‘emergency remote teaching’ since few of us have the background, training, and resources to purposefully develop online courses. Fortunately, this response has also catalyzed the open sharing ...[Read More]

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Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

By: Viviana Re and Tom Gleeson he world will likely never be the same again after the covid-19 pandemic – too much has changed for us personally, socially and culturally. The pandemic is a terrible tragedy that continues to devastate lives and economies while ironically also bearing the possibility of being a much needed global sustainability reset. So as applied scientists focused on sustai ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Environmental Symphonies

Environmental Symphonies

Unlike the more typical content, this blog post does not consider our earth’s environment as a challenge to overcome, or a risk, but guides us in using its landscape as a mental resource. Join Cecilia in her reflections on the landscape of Mount Fuji and let her help you to access the wonders of nature indoors. Take a moment to think about a piece of artwork that speaks to you. A piece that ...[Read More]

WaterUnderground

Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world

Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world

Recent research has identified the natural resilience of groundwater to climate change and our tendency to deplete this invaluable resource. It’s time we understood, valued, and governed groundwater as the vital adaptation to climate change that it is. roundwater flowing within the geology beneath our feet is the world’s largest liquid store of freshwater. Its volume in most countries in Afr ...[Read More]

WaterUnderground

Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up

Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up

n a recent commentary published in Water Resources Research, a group of us asked the question: “Where is the bottom of a watershed?” Discussions around the role of deeper groundwater in the hydrologic cycle within this group were triggered by a lecture that Jennifer McIntosh delivered at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security in 2018. The discussions around this lectu ...[Read More]