Bureau of Economic Geology

"Unsolved Problems in Applied Geoscience"

February 16, 2018 9:00 AM
Matt Hall, Agile

Matt Hall, Ph.D. PGeo

President, Agile

What are the most pressing problems in applied geology and geophysics? David Hilbert's 23 problems in mathematics sustained several generations of researchers; today the Clay Mathematical Institute's Millennium Problems are similarly motivating. Perhaps a similar list of unsolved problems in earth science would help focus attention on the big problems, generate public interest, and even attract new funding to the discipline. A few lists have been compiled before — I've sifted through them to find the problems that linger, and I have conducted some crowdsourcing experiments to discover some more. I'll talk about what I've found, and discuss ways that we might grow and maintain a list like this so that it's useful, or at least interesting, to the community.