STATE OF THE GEOSCIENCES: OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES, AND TURBULENCE


Dr. Donald L. Paul,
Vice-President
Chevron Corporation

In many regards, the geosciences have seldom seen a period as interesting and exciting as today.  Or one filled with so much uncertainty.   Opportunities for advancing our understanding of the complexity and inter-relationships of earth systems have never been better, or arguably as important.  At the same time, major challenges and turbulence surround the geoscience profession due to the effects of globalization, a sea-change in the energy industry, and the transformation of the R&D system.

Some key factors encompass the various combinations of opportunity, challenge, and turbulence:

Science and Technology:

 Business and Economics: System-wide Issues: A framing of these issues will help set the stage for an invigorating panel discussion of the state of the geosciences.

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