About Us

This group has two main research aims: i) geoconservation, and ii) geoscience education. 
Geoconservation is an emergent geoscience domain related with the identification and preservation of the main geological features that are relevant to understand the Earth history and to guarantee the pursue of high-quality scientific research by future generations. Geoconservation also assures non-exploitable uses of geodiversity with benefits for the society, promoting sustainable tourism activities, leisure and well-being, and educational resources. Geoconservation activities done during 2013-2017 are strongly associated with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No 8, 11, 12, and 15 of the UN Agenda 2030. For instance, ICT has developed in cooperation with the University of São Paulo, the geoheritage inventory of the São Paulo state; it represents the first systematic inventory made in the American continent using an international methodology that has being improved by ICT.

Independently on the scale (international, national), the geological community is well aware that society lacks a minimum knowledge about how the Earth systems works and how relevant is the activity of geoscientists to guarantee sustainable living conditions for all humans. This is why the topic geoscience education developed in this RG is highly relevant and deeply involved with SDG No 4, 12, and 13. The capacity of people to understand and protect themselves from the effect of natural disasters is highly related with the geoscientific literacy of the population. For instance, a study conducted by ICT showed “that a better knowledge regarding seismic risks is still needed; it should be taught in schools and therefore included in textbooks and geoscience program guidelines, at least in all countries with an eminent tectonic risk” (Vasconcelos et al.2017).
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