W-04 Grand Challenges for Applied Geophysics
SEG Near Surface Geophysics Technical Section
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Denver, Colorado
Applied geophysics has a major role to play in the development of environmental impact assessment and monitoring of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro, nuclear, wind, wave, tidal, and solar. In the face of exponential population growth, there is an increasing emphasis on food supply and the sustainability of agriculture and forestry methods. We foresee a future in which our applied-geophysics expertise in computational data analysis, and 3D imaging and inversion can help map and monitor soil quality, water saturation, salinity, and other physical properties in order to optimize food production and forest management on a real-time basis.
Population growth, urbanization, and poor water management have led to a global water crisis; one in six people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Water is also a precious commodity as a renewable energy source and for agricultural and industrial use. The full power of 3D imaging and 4D time-lapse monitoring methods can be better harnessed to map and monitor surface and groundwater resources, water storage systems, and atmospheric changes.
In order to develop environmentally sustainable practices, we need a massive increase in baseline characterization and time-lapse monitoring of various earth-science systems. This paradigm shift will provide a wide range of applied-geophysics opportunities to manage environmental impact and sustainability of fossil-fuel and renewable energy sources, water quality, and agricultural practices among others. Climate change, whether manmade or natural, will increasingly impact our global resources and infrastructure.
Applied geophysics has giant opportunities to participate in the assessment, hardening, and mitigation of our resource and infrastructure systems against the impacts of global climate change, extreme weather, and coastal sea level rise. Many of the future opportunities above will require a refocusing of our most powerful 3D imaging and inversion methods from the deeper earth toward the near surface.
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