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Geoscientists Without Borders is a group associated with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and contributes its knowledge of geology and physics to support humanitarian efforts. Geoscientists are able to solve environmental issues affecting communities such as water scarcity, food insecurity, and natural disasters. The main functions of Geoscientists Without Borders include funding towards programs that support and protect communities from environmental disaster, invest in the geoscience community and other disciplines through partnerships, and also investing in students and education. [1] The group has projects on every continent and the purpose of these projects range from archeology and habitat management, to water management and pollution prevention. [2]



The establishment of Geoscientists Without Borders in 2008 was the result of a massive natural disaster that required a serious humanitarian relief effort. This natural disaster was the 2004 magnitude 9 earthquake and following tsunami that hit the coast of Sumatra. Under the serving president Craig Beasley, the goal of SEG was to aid in any way possible, which included donating to humanitarian efforts being carried out in Sumatra and all the affected areas. [3] The Society of Exploration Geophysicists was inspired to create a specific group that was devoted to using geoscience knowledge to contribute to humanitarian efforts, and fund projects that apply geoscience knowledge to benefiting the common good, as well as invest in geoscience education. [4] The establishment of the humanitarian focused group Geoscientists Without Borders in 2008, was possible due to a one million dollar grant from international oil services company Schlumberger. [5]





One of the first missions to be conducted by Geoscientists Without Borders was done in India through a partnership with the Foundation for Ecological Security. The goal of this mission was to create systems to protect water sources for villages located in complicated environments such as volcanic flood basalts called the Deccan Traps. The team used their geoscience knowledge to determine the best locations for wells and dams, and to create a sustainable water source for the villagers of those areas, which would also benefit agricultural practices. [6] Another major goal of Geoscientists Without Borders along with carrying out missions throughout the world, is to educate students and the next generation of geoscientists to continue the work of the organization. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists partnered with SEG to continue funding and successful operations of Geoscientists Without Borders. Due to successful partnerships such as this, Geoscientists Without Borders has created over twenty projects throughout the world, aimed at solving environmental, biological, and human caused issues. [7]



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