I am proud that Geoscience Australia is the Patron Sponsor of the inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018 which is focusing on Big Issues and Ideas of Geoscience. It is the coming together of the geoscience community in all its diversity from across Australia and internationally that inspired me to come on board as the Patron Sponsor of the convention.
Australia is faced with a number of challenges that I strongly believe the geoscience community, include Geoscience Australia, can help address. From enabling the Australian energy sector to improve efficiency, reduce emission and diversify; building Australia's capacity to respond to environmental change; supporting the exploration of traditional and emerging mineral, energy and water resources; to providing the positioning accuracy required to support transforming transport and food sectors.
The geoscientific community is increasingly being called to integrate observations and knowledge from across disciplines, including geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, geography, geodesy, Earth observation and geohazards. Applying this integrated thinking to better understand how Earth surface and below-surface systems interconnect and change over time leads to innovative applications and solutions to Australia's most important challenges.
The Convention provides an opportunity for attendees from various Geoscience societies and disciplines to come together, share ideas and build new partnerships. I think it's particularly important for the geoscience community to develop a stronger, common voice to recognize and celebrate our sectors achievements and promote the value of geoscience to society more broadly. It is through progress in this dimension that the geosciences will gain influence.
I wish all attendees an enjoyable and rewarding AGCC 2018.
Dr James Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia
18 October 2018A five-year project spanning approximately 135,000 square kilometres across New South Wales and Queensland has delved beneath the Great Artesian Basin to learn more about the geological development of eastern Australia.
17 October 2018Communities in the Wheatbelt in Western Australia, Gippsland in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are more likely to experience earthquake ground shaking than other parts of the country according to latest update to the National Seismic Hazard Assessment (NSHA) for Australia.
16 October 2018Exploring for the Future significantly increasing the exploration potential of northern Australia.
15 October 2018Geoscience Australia has stripped Australia's landscape bare through the first continent-scale, cloud-free spatial views of Australia's soil and rock cover.
Australian earthquakes 1964-2018 [PDF 6.1MB]
Marine Sampling Field Manuals for Benthic Monitoring [PDF 17.2MB]
New ways to engage with Australian Stratigraphy [PDF 1.2MB]