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International Geoindicators Workshop
Canberra, Australia, 24-26 November 2003


What are geoindicators?

The contribution of natural geological processes and their linkages to the environment have often been ignored in long-term environmental monitoring and reporting. Geoindicators are measures (magnitude, frequencies, rates, trends) of geological processes and phenomena, occurring at or near the Earth's surface and subject to changes that are significant for understanding environmental change over periods of 100 years or less. Geoindicators assess both catastrophic events, and those that are more gradual, but evident within the human lifespan. They focus on abiotic components of ecosystems and landscapes. The geoindicator concept is a new approach to the indicators of landscape change that aims to assist in environmental research, monitoring, and reporting. It is being advanced by an international working group, called the Geoindicators Initiative that was set up by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).

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Structure and aims of the workshop

The Workshop will discuss, and disseminate information about, geoindicators and their applications. The 3 day workshop is structured to contribute to understanding the role of humankind and natural geological processes as factors causing environmental changes over short periods of time (<100 years).

The Workshop will cover applications of geoindicators in National Parks systems, in State of Environment reporting, and in sustainable development, and will have a strong focus on those geoindicators that can be used for:

  1. National Parks monitoring, and arid zone indicators.
  2. Groundwater quality and monitoring.
  3. Seismicity, crustal movements, and active fault zones.
  4. Coastal zones and shoreline protection.

Who should attend?

The Workshop is intended for national parks managers, field operators, and technicians; ecologists, biologists, environmental scientists, geologists, and environmental and geo-sciences professionals with an interest in environmental management.

An important aim of the Workshop is to provide the opportunity for forming contacts and cross-discipline networks between parks staff and professionals working in different disciplines but working towards the same goals and objectives.

Field trip

The second day of the workshop will involve a 1 day field trip to inspect and demonstrate how geological features can be used as indicators of environmental change.


The workshop will be held in the Geoscience Australia complex Symonston, ACT.

The Geoindicators Initiative - GEOIN

The primary sponsors of the Workshop, the Geoindicators Initiative (GEOIN), is a non-profit international endeavour to encourage the application of geoscience to environmental concerns through monitoring and assessing rapid geological change. GEOIN is actively involved in conferences, workshops, training courses, publications and other activities. It operates via the Internet as a medium for the international exchange of data, information, and experiences.

GEOIN is supported by: the International Union of Geological Sciences, the Institute for Earth Science and the Environment of the Geological Society of America, and other organizations. GEOIN is run by a small voluntary Management Board consisting of Co-Directors A.R. (Tony) Berger (Victoria, Canada) and Jonas Satkunas (Geological Survey of Lithuania), together with David Liverman (Geological Survey of Newfoundland), and John Ridgway (British Geological Survey), and all will be presenting at the Aiustralian Workshop.

Accommodation Information

The venue at Geoscience Australia (GA) is 8 km from the centre of Canberra. The nearest accommodation (approx. 1 km from GA) is in the suburb of Narrabundah as follows: (not in any order of precedence):

Information on Canberra Accommodation can be found at


The participation fee $220 includes admission to the Short Course, morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch, and the cost of the mid-course Field Trip.

Contacts for Further information

Mary Walsh
C/o Geoscience Australia
PO Box 378
Canberra ACT 2601
Fax: +61 (02) 6249 9930
Colin Simpson
73 Beasley Street,
Torrens ACT 2607
Phone: +61-(02)-62863548

Registration - Expression of Interest Form

Please download a doc file located on Events page.

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