Update on the EEGS/SEG Joint Task Force

Tulsa, Oklahoma: 14 August 2012 — The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) joint task force committee continues to evaluate options for further cooperation between the two organizations for the benefit of individual society members and the greater near-surface geophysical community. Previous details were presented in the December 2011 FastTimes and discussed at the 2012 SAGEEP meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The committee's discussions have included several face-to-face meetings and multiple teleconferences. The committee is currently evaluating the possibility of a merger between EEGS and the SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Section (NSGS).

The EEGS Board and SEG Executive Committee approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that enables and governs the evaluation process. The stated purpose of this MOU is "to set forth the intent of both EEGS and SEG to proceed in good faith to develop a draft agreement and implementation plan for a merger between EEGS and SEG." It is important to emphasize that this is not an agreement to merge but an agreement only to assess how a merger of the two organizations would look and be implemented. Ultimately, the implementation of any merger would need to retain autonomy of the near surface community as represented by EEGS and retain the essence of the SAGEEP spring meeting while working with SEG for growth and sustainability.

The merger being considered carries potential benefits and compromises that must be weighed carefully by the committee and by the members of each organization. Ultimately, the EEGS membership will decide for EEGS whether or not a merger would be implemented. The joint task force committee and the EEGS Board are currently seeking input from affected members.

About EEGS: The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) is an applied scientific organization founded in 1992 whose mission is: To promote the science of geophysics especially as it is applied to environmental and engineering problems; to foster common scientific interests of geophysicists and their colleagues in other related sciences and engineering; to maintain a high professional standing among its members; and to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons interested in the science. For more information, see http://www.eegs.org.

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