As a scientific organization that serves an international community of mathematical geoscientists (mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, geoinformaticians and earth scientists), IAMG is committed to efforts promoting diversity, inclusion, fairness, impartiality and democracy. Our newly adopted Statutes and Bylaws as well as a new Commission exploring the role of women in the IAMG, new awards for early career researchers and female scientists reflect the IAMG's position on ethical values in science. However, we recognise that we have more to do to be fully inclusive, diverse, and supportive of scientists from underrepresented groups. We welcome everyone from around the world to join us to collectively promote our field of mathematical geosciences and our ethical values in science.
The Commission on ‘Global Geochemical Baselines’ (CGGB) operates under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The mission of the Commission is to prepare a global geochemical database, and its representation in map form, to document the concentration and distribution of chemical elements and species in the Earth’s near-surface environment. This database is urgently needed by decision makers, scientists, researchers, environmental and resource managers throughout the world, and the general public. To reach this goal, the Commission promotes and facilitates the implementation of harmonised sampling, sample preparation, quality control, and analytical protocols in geochemical mapping programmes. Commission activities include the following:
- Developing partnerships with countries conducting broad-scale geochemical mapping studies;
- Providing consultation and training in the form of workshops and short courses;
- Organising periodic international symposia and conferences to foster communication among the geochemical mapping community;
- Developing criteria for certifying those projects that are acceptable for inclusion in a global database;
- Acting as a repository for data collected by projects meeting the standards of harmonisation;
- Preparing complete metadata for the various certified projects; and ultimately
- Preparing a global geochemical database and atlas.
(*The AAG was an official supporting organization for the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, August 2-12, 2012. The 36th IGC will be held in Delhi, 2-8 March 2020.)