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The Humanitarian Side of Geology
Working in a humanitarian field when you’re a geologist often means working for nonprofit organizations, where no big mining firm or other environmentally damaging organization is making gains from unethical practices. You could choose to go to a developing country and teach, working directly with people. Or you may want to get stuck in to more practical work with an environmental focus.
Dr. Carlos Primo C David is a Geologist at the University of the Philippines, National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP NIGS). He studied at the University of the Philippines, and then got a PhD from Stanford University. He now works as a hydrologist, running rain and flood models at NIGS in Manila, where intense typhoon and monsoon seasons cause extensive annual floods and deaths. At the beginning of his career, David wasn’t so concerned with the social impact of his work, but he now works with charities like Christian Aid, who provide opportunities for geologists and hydrologists like him to help vulnerable communities that live in riverside slum dwellings. He and his colleagues have developed Project NOAH, a simple communications tool, which provides the Filipino public with real-time weather and flood information via the internet and text messages. For more info, go to www.noah.dost.gov.ph.
Geology for Global Development aims to encourage and support young geoscientists to make a great contribution to international development throughout their careers. In the past, they have run placement programs in Guatemala, the Himalayas and worked in partnership with CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department and other organizations. For more information about their placements, projects and how to support this nonprofit, go to www.gfgd.org.
If you’ve just completed your Bachelor’s degree and would like to travel abroad and learn a new language, what about a volunteer program? www.goabroad.com offers 106 geology volunteer abroad programs, which could lead onto a paid position and/or some amazing work experience. Fly off to Thailand, Peru, Colombia, Cambodia or Nicaragua and make a difference. Volunteering looks great on your resume and can help give you a leg up when it comes to rising in the ranks because with a bit of motivation, you can often take on more responsibility when you’re working as a volunteer than you would be able to in a paid position.
Ok, now let’s look at the benefits of making yourself a specialist. The first benefit is that you are able to go for more senior positions with a master’s degree. You can provide more specialist knowledge and expertise to NGOs, and ultimately help more people more effectively that way. It will also help you get a job, as the pool of applicants in your area of specialization will be smaller. Convinced yet? Let’s look at some of the courses out there that might interest you.
The University of Akron, USA runs a M.Sc. in Environmental Geology. This course will provide you with expert knowledge of ground water, pollution impacts, microbe-mineral interactions, environmental change, biodiversity and remote sensing of buried structures. You’ll apply state-of-the-art field and laboratory techniques to study geologic and environmental issues in Ohio and around the world. This course costs USD 755 per module for international students.
Luleå University of Technology in Sweden hosts a M.Sc. in Exploration and Environmental Geosciences, which would provide you with cutting edge knowledge in exploration and mining techniques and environmental geochemistry, mine water mitigation and geohydrology. When at the university, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from some of the most active areas of mining and exploration in Europe. This course costs EUR 16,200 per year for non-EEA students. It’s a two-year, full-time course. You can either study exploration, mining geology and geophysics or environmental geosciences as part of your master’s program.
The Masters in Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Southampton, UK, has a range of modules for you to choose from, including chemical and physical oceanography, computational data analysis for geophysicists and ocean scientists, geodynamics and solid Earth geophysics, basin analysis, global climate change cycles, seafloor exploration and surveying, plus many more modules, and that’s just year one! This two-year, full-time course costs GBP 21,666 per year for non-EEA students.
The University of Portsmouth, UK, offers students a M.Sc. in Environmental Geology and Contamination. It will prepare you for dealing with contaminated sites by providing you with their state-of-the-art geological and geotechnic labs for practical work; hands-on experience of using GPS, Total Stations and 3D laser scanners; classes with recognized experts in groundwater hydrology, environmental geology and contaminated land. After this course, you could become a contaminated land consultant, work in regulation or remediation, work with government agencies, environmental organizations or local authorities within the UK or abroad. This course costs GBP 13,700 for the one year of study, when you’ll cover Field Reconnaissance and Walk-Over Studies; Ground Investigation Techniques; Soil Mechanics; Desk Studies and Ground Models; Contaminated Land Risk Assessments; plus other modules and an independent research project. This could prepare you perfectly for a career helping protect thousands of people in developing countries from toxic and harmful waste and industrial pollution.
Cardiff University in Wales offers students the opportunities to complete their M.Sc. in Applied Environmental Geology, which is a one-year, full-time course with modules such as Geotechnical Engineering; Hydrology and Hydrogeology; Project Planning, Design and Management; Remote Sensing and Geophysics; Environmental Assessment and Regulation; plus other modules and a final dissertation. This course costs GBP 13,800 for the year.
So, do you want to do a master’s? The whole process can be a little overwhelming, but if you break it down in to small steps, it can feel a lot easier. Once you’ve chosen a few programs that you’d like to apply for, we can help you write a winning personal statement of purpose to help increase the likelihood of acceptance. Just let us know when we should get started on yours.
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Geoscientists should strive to protect our natural environment. They should understand and anticipate the environmental consequences of their work and should disclose the consequences of recommended actions. They should acknowledge that resource extraction and use are necessary to the existence of our society and that such should be undertaken in an environmentally and economically responsible manner.