Did you know there will be an estimated shortage of 90,000 geoscientists to fill open positions by the year 2024?*
And, did you know that disaster-related economic losses reach an average of US$250–300 billion annually? This comes with almost 68,000 lives lost each year due to natural disasters around the world.**
We are all aware of the natural catastrophes that have affected so many around the world. Unfortunately, some of us have even felt direct consequences. In this year alone, we have seen landslides and draught in Africa, flooding and monsoons in South Asia, and major earthquakes and hurricanes in North America.
The increasing effects of global catastrophes and hazards, coupled with the shortage of geoscientists to fill open positions in the coming years, will impact our ability to understand, predict, and prepare for natural hazards.
The support and development of future geoscientists is vital in addressing the catastrophic events impacting people, the environment, societies, and economies around the planet.
Help today to support a graduate student’s research, a future geologist’s field camp experience, or a student from an underrepresented group’s opportunity to attend a meeting and network with others prominent in their fields of interest.
Giving Tuesday marked the start of our year-end campaign for Future Geoscientists. We are incredibly thankful for a match up to $50,000 pledged by a generous individual donor who is passionate about the future of our science and supporting aspiring geologists through field camp opportunities. We hope that you are inspired by this commitment to help us reach what would be a total of $100,000 by 31 December! Any gift you make in support of GSA programs related to future geoscientists makes a difference. Keep an eye on this page for periodic updates of progress toward our important goal!
*American Geosciences Institute, Status of the Geoscience Workforce (2016).
**United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (2015).