|21 October 2011
GSA Release No. 11-72
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
Geoinformatics: Transporting Geology into The Future
Boulder, Colo., USA – Geoinformatics: What does it mean? It means disaster management; sustainability assessment; societal impacts and benefits of properly managing geologic metadata; global satellite data dissemination; development of international geoscience standards; bridging the barriers of terminology and data; international cooperation for global mapping; and "e-geoscience." A new volume from The Geological Society of America covers all that and more.
Senior volume editor A. Krishna Sinha of Virginia Tech writes that "The fusion of informatics technologies with geoscience-based data and tools signals a necessary change in the way we manage the future of our science."
Geoscientists around the world recognize the urgency in developing new information management capabilities to meet the ever growing needs to discover, manage, and sustain resources, as well as provide capabilities for forecasting adverse events for the public at large. This volume contains papers from researchers addressing some of these capabilities as they are being developed across the globe, and it highlights the future goal of geoinformatics to make data and tools available for meeting societal challenges.
Simply put, geoinformatics is about transforming data to knowledge, and promoting "data without borders."
Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting Jeanette Hammann at .
Societal Challenges and Geoinformatics
A. Krishna Sinha, David Arctur, Ian Jackson, and Linda Gundersen (editors)
Geological Society of America Special Paper 482
SPE482, 191 p., $90.00; Member price $63.00