[STSP] Fwd: [IUGG-EC] IUGG E-Journal for April 2006 (fwd)

Iver Cairns cairns at physics.usyd.edu.au
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> The IUGG Electronic Journal
> Volume 6 No. 4 (1 April 2006)
> This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National 
> Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and 
> actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. 
> Please forward this message to those who will benefit from the information. 
> Your comments are welcome.
> Contents
> 1. IUGG 2005 Annual Report
> 2. Union Commission Symposium on Studies of Earth's Deep Interior
> 3. Report of the Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) Planning Meeting
> 4. ICSU March 2006 Newsletter is posted
> 5. "Padma Shri" Award for Harsh Gupta
> 6. IUGG-related meetings occurring during April - June 2006
> 1. IUGG 2005 Annual Report
> Thanks to the individual reports from the IUGG Associations and Union 
> Commissions, a summary document of 2005 IUGG activities is complete and ready 
> to post on the website. A printed copy of the report will be sent to all 
> Adhering Bodies within the month. Highlights include the IUGG response to the 
> December, 2004, South East Asia Tsunami, reports of 6 Association Scientific 
> Assemblies, the meetings of the IUGG Finance Committee, the Bureau, the 
> Executive Committee, and a meeting of the 2007 IUGG General Assembly 
> Scientific Programme Committee. The General Assembly Second Circular (Call 
> for Papers) is posted on the General Assembly website 
> (http://www.iugg2007perugia.it/ ) and printed copies will be available in 
> early April.
> 2. Union Commission Symposium on Studies of Earth's Deep Interior
> Studies of Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI), an IUGG Union Commission, will hold 
> their 10th Symposium on 9-14 July 2006, in Prague, Czech Republic. The 
> scientific focus of SEDI is an enhanced understanding of the past evolution 
> and current thermal, dynamical and chemical state of the Earth's deep 
> interior and the effect that the interior has on the structures and processes 
> observed at the surface of the Earth. Information regarding the Symposium can 
> be found on the website: www.ig.cas.cz/SEDI2006/hlvni.htm which can also be 
> accessed from the SEDI website: www.sedigroup.org .
> 3. Report of the Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) Planning Meeting
> The annual planning meeting of the Electronic Geophysical Year initiative 
> (eGY), held in Boulder, Colorado, March 13-14, succeeded in setting out clear 
> directions and a program for the future. The program is diversifying as eGY 
> activities and national committees are becoming established in a rapidly 
> growing number of countries - Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Russia, 
> UK, and the USA.
> eGY will be launched officially on 1 July 2007 in Perugia, Italy, and will 
> run until December 2008. Publications and practical demonstrations of modern 
> capability and best practice are to be the major thrust during 2006 for 
> conveying the eGY principles set out in the "Declaration for a Geoscience 
> Information Commons" (see www.egy.org). We agreed on a series of meetings, 
> workshops, publications, and a program of developing demonstration projects. 
> One of the most important of these is a general-use case demonstration - a 
> 'proof of concept' showcase of the power of virtual observatories and modern 
> information systems to meet present and future information needs of people 
> who are non-specialist scientists (decision-makers, public, and so on) or 
> scientists who come from other specialist backgrounds.
> Submitted by C. Barton
> Inquiries to: eGY Secretary, Bill.Peterson at lasp.colorado.edu
> 4. ICSU March 2006 Newsletter is posted
> The March 2006 ICSU Newsletter has been posted on the website: www.ICSU.org. 
> Items of specific interest to IUGG include the following.
> * A dedicated International Polar Year (IPY) Data Policy and Management 
> Subcommittee has been established.
> * A new Planning Group on Natural and Human-Induced Environmental Hazards 
> will be chaired by Professor Gordon McBean. The members of the group are yet 
> to be announced.
> * ICSU is considering co-sponsoring THORPEX, a WMO weather research 
> programme.
> * The GEO Committee on Science and Technology will meet at UNESCO 19-20 April 
> to discuss the implementation of the 2006 Workplan and decide on the process 
> by which the scientific and technological community can provide input to the 
> 2007-2008 Workplan. ICSU has distributed the list of tasks assigned to the 
> Committee and has invited interest in getting involved with task 
> implementation.
> * The ICSU Regional Office for Africa has established scoping groups to 
> consider 4 priority issues: global change; natural and human-induced hazards; 
> human health; and sustainable energy.
> * The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific will be located at the 
> Academy of Sciences, Malaysia. The inauguration will take place on 18-19 
> September in conjunction with a regional symposium on "Natural and 
> Human-induced Hazards and Disasters."
> * The ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is under 
> consideration for Rio de Janeiro.
> * The Priority Area Assessment on Capacity Building is available on the ICSU 
> website.
> * ICSU will establish an ad hoc scoping group on Human Health, and a Review 
> Panel on the ICSU Grants Programme.
> * The 75th Anniversary of ICSU will take place on 11 July 2006, and several 
> special events will recognize the occasion.
> 5. "Padma Shri" Award for Harsh Gupta
> Dr. Harsh Gupta, IUGG Bureau Member, was given the prestigious 'Padma Shri' 
> Award by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of Republic of India on March 
> 20, 2006. Padma Awards are the highest civilian awards in India and were 
> instituted some 40 years ago. These are given for outstanding performance in 
> any field. Dr. Gupta is the third Geo-Scientist to get this award.
> 6. IUGG-related meetings occurring during April - June 2006
> A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those 
> organized or sponsored by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site 
> [www.IUGG.org]. Specific information about these meetings, including web 
> links, can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on 
> their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
> April 2 - 7 EGU, Vienna, Austria, EGU 2006 General Assembly
> April 18 - 21 IASPEI, San Francisco, California USA, 100th Anniversary 
> Earthquake Conference Commemorating the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
> April 22-26 UNOOSA/STDM, Damascus, Syria, United Nation/Syria Regional 
> Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Disaster Management in Western 
> Asia and Northern Africa
> May 14-18 IAVCEI, Guangzhou, China, Continental Basalt Volcanism
> May 15-19 IASPEI, Trieste, Italy, Workshop on the Conduct of Seismic Hazard 
> Analyses for Critical Facilities
> May 21-24 IAHS, Golden, Colorado, USA, MODFLOW and More 2006: Managing 
> Ground-Water Systems.
> May 22-24 IAG, Baden, Austria, 3rd IAG Symposium on Geodesy for Geotechnical 
> and Structural Engineering
> May 23-26 AGU, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Spring Joint Assembly
> May 23-26 IAHS, Ohrid, Macedonia, BALWOIS Conference on Water Observation and 
> Information Systems for Decision Support
> May 29 - June 2 IAG, Wuhan University, China, VI Hotine-Marussi Symposium of 
> Theoretical and Computational Geodesy: Challenge and Role of Modern Geodesy
> May 30 - June 3 IAHS, Dijon, France, Anniversary Conference on the occasion 
> of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of IAH and the150th Anniversary of 
> Darcy's Law.
> June 1-2 Potsdam, Germany, OECD Global Science Forum: Workshop on Earthquake 
> Science and its Contribution to Society
> June 4-8 IUGG/CMG, Sea of Galilee, Israel, Coupling in Earth Systems: Solids, 
> Fluids, Life
> June 6-8 IAG, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, International Workshop on Height 
> Systems, Geoid and Gravity of the Asia-Pacific
> June 8-10 IASPEI, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2006 IRIS Workshop
> June 8-10 IAHS, Guangzhou, China, Hydrological Sciences for Managing Water 
> Resources in the Asian Developing World
> June 14-16 EMSEV, Toulouse, France, Déméter International Workshop
> June 16 IAGA, Tihany, Hungary, 50th Jubilee of the Tihany Geophysical 
> Observatory
> June 17-21 IASPEI, Castle of Trest, Czech Republic, Seismic Anisotropy and 
> Geodynamics of the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere System
> June 19-23 IAG, Copenhagen, Denmark, IGeS Geoid School 2006; The 
> Determination and Use of the Geoid
> June 19-24 IAGA, Belsk, Poland, XII IAGA Workshop
> June 30 - July 1 IAHS, Paris, France, 8th IAHS-UNESCO KOVACS Colloquium
> End of IUGG Electronic Journal Volume 6 Number 4 (April 2006)
> J. A. Joselyn, Secretary General [http://www.IUGG.org]
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