The IUGG Electronic Journal
Volume 4 No. 2 (February 2, 2004)
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.
The IUGG Treasurer, Aksel Hansen, reports that at the beginning of 2004 there are 64 bodies (listed below) that adhere to IUGG. Nine are presently in Associate Status. Countries that have not yet paid their dues for 2003 are now in Observer Status; they have been notified. Only Adhering Bodies with dues paid in full will be able to vote on membership issues that are expected soon. New and renewed members are most welcome. The procedures to request membership are posted on the IUGG Web page, and can also be obtained from the Secretary General. IUGG appreciates the scientific and financial support of its Adhering Bodies.
IUGG members, in alphabetical order, are Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, China (Academia Sinica, Taipei), Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
At the 1999 General Assembly, an "opportunity fund" was established in the IUGG budget to support proposals for inter-Association initiatives that particularly benefit developing countries. For 2004, a total of $25,000 was allocated among the new projects listed below.
Electromagnetic Study of Earthquakes and Volcanoes through Training Local Scientists and Transferring Monitoring Techniques to Developing Countries IAGA/IASPEI/IAVCEI
The Effect of Aerosol Pollution/Biomass Burning on Precipitation IAMAS/IAHS
Workshop on Deformation Measurements and Understanding Natural Hazards in Developing Countries IASPEI/IAG
An initiative to provide the monograph 'State of the Planet: Frontiers and Challenges' to learning institutions in the developing world. The papers in the monograph were invited from the lectures presented at the 2003 IUGG General Assembly in Sapporo, Japan. It is being published by the American Geophysical Union and will be available in mid-2004. IAVCEI/IASPEI
The scientific programmes and abstract deadlines for several of the 2004-2005 Association and Inter-Association meetings are now available. The following list is a reminder of these important events, along with the meeting web sites or the Association web site.
July 4-9, 2004
November 14-19, 2004
December 2-4, 2004
April 4-9, 2005
July 18-29, 2005
August 2-11, 2005
October 2-8, 2005
The quadrennial Slovak National Report has been received and is now posted on the IUGG Web site. Go to National Committee Reports to read this new addition, as well as the reports from the other National Committees. There are 17 Reports now posted. IUGG appreciates the time and effort to produce these informative reports, and we encourage all of the IUGG Adhering Bodies to promote their work in geodesy and geophysics in this way.
A Union Symposium at the Sapporo General Assembly reported the work of a group of young scientists charged with developing a vision for the future of the geosciences. A report on this effort was recently published in EOS (Transactions, American Geophysical Union), Volume 85, Number 3 (20 January, 2004), pages 25 and 31. The article was authored by members of the Working Group: Sam Edlen, Emily E. Brodsky, Taikan Oki, Aaron J. Ridley, Laura Sanchez, Claudia Simionato, Kazunori Yoshizawa, and Uri Shamir (IUGG President and Mentor of the group). We again congratulate these scientists for their excellent report, which is posted on the IUGG web page under Publications/Reports.
A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those organized by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site. Specific information about these meetings can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
February 9-10, 2004
March 1-3, 2004
March 1-6, 2004
March 8-10, 2004
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