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Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Meeting

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Meeting
When: Wednesday (1/10), 5-9pm
Where: Victorio's Ristorante in North Hollywood
Cost: $25 for students with valid university ID

BGS will be attending AEG Southern California Chapter's first meeting of the year, which includes a social hour, dinner, and presentation by USGS geophysicist and UCLA Civil Engineering Professor, Dr. Kenneth Hudnut. The presentation is entitled: Natural Hazards Risk; identification, quantification, management, and reduction. Description is shown below. 

We will be leaving UCLA at 5pm and returning around 9pm. AEG meetings are attended by engineering geologists and professional geologists, please dress business casual. 

We will organize cars once we know how many people are interested. If you can drive, please let us know. 

If you would like to go, please email BGS or RSVP directly to AEG Chairperson Darrin Hasham ( by 3pm Tuesday, January 9th. 

Presenter: Ken Hudnut
Ken Hudnut is the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area. He works to understand and explain natural hazards in order to help people; he is responsible for ensuring USGS hazards science is being applied to help solve societally relevant problems. To help understand the San Andreas Fault system and the behavior of faults in general, he has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite & airborne imagery along with field work to provide ground truth. He currently serves as science advisor to FEMA & CalOES for the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan and as a Resilience Experts Panel member for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and Department of Water and Power. In 2017, the American Geophysical Union selected him to receive the Mueller Award for distinguished service and leadership. He has served as a geophysicist studying earthquakes for the USGS office in Pasadena, California since 1992. Before joining USGS, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where he still serves on the faculty as a Visiting Associate in Geophysics. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth in 1983.

Presentation Topic: Natural Hazards Risk; identification, quantification, management, and reduction. 
Risk reduction is an essential part of making America resilient to the impacts of future natural hazards events. Increasingly, Americans are at risk from natural hazards as population centers impinge on the urban-wildland interface, as we build more infrastructure along our coasts, and as we construct more houses on active faults, volcanoes, landslides, flood plains and alluvial fans. In addition to threatening lives, economic disruption caused by recent events serves as a reminder about the importance of restoring vital services as rapidly as possible so that people can return to their homes and their jobs. Accurate scientific information can help people to make well informed decisions about how to manage and potentially decrease their risk. Communities at risk can benefit from scientific guidance, for example through the infusion of science into public policy. Scientific information is increasingly available at one's fingertips by checking an app before buying a house on an active fault or landslide. Improved awareness and accessibility of good information will continue to help make people safer, especially if the scientific information and products are understandable and actionable for users. A review of southern California earthquakes and faults serves to inform by example on risk topics, but this talk will include case studies from recent damaging events of other kinds as well, such as Oroville Spillway and hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria and their cascading impacts.

If you have any questions please email BGS.

Earlier Event: January 9
General Meeting
Later Event: January 13
Rockhounding at Mt. Baldy