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Maria A. Capello, Anna Shaughnessy, and Emer Caslin - The Geophysical Sustainability Atlas...

Updated: May 12, 2021

The Geophysical Sustainability Atlas: Purpose and Impact

1Red Tree Consulting LLC Managing Director,

2SEG elected president


Geophysics is enhanced if the value it adds to society, economic systems, and the environment is assessed, understood, and communicated. A clear value proposition can inspire new generations of scientists to pursue careers in geophysics and motivate current geophysicists to expand their activities and utilize their skills in ways that could enable their long-term employability or entrepreneurship. One way to position geophysics and geophysicists as value creators is to map geophysical applications and practices to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

A Geophysical Sustainability Atlas was developed to illustrate how geophysics contributes to each of the SDGs and to provide examples of specific applications and collaboration strategies. The atlas aims to facilitate an understanding of the value geophysics brings toward achieving each SDG, providing geophysicists and stakeholders with a sense of being frontline contributors in the pursuit of these objectives and, at the same time, providing a visualization of current and future opportunities related to the sustainability of our world and our profession. The presentation will be centered in explaining how the Atlas imprinted a step-change in the way we convey the value proposition of geophysics to the larger community, and how it has been received by the professionals in a variety of activities: academia, governmental entities, main industries and private sectors, and how the authors keep promoting it to benefit geophysics and geophysicists.

Fig 1. The Geophysical Sustainability Wheel — a diagram summarizing how each SDG may be supported and advanced through geophysics.



Maria Angela capello, Cav. OSI

Maria Angela Capello is a renowned leader and author in the energy sector, expert in sustainability, corporate resilience, diversity and inclusion, and resources management.

Cav. Capello is Co-Chair of the United Nations UNECE Committee for Women in Resource Management, Industry Ambassador for the University of Houston’s Consortium AIM-DEEP, and Senior Partner of Red Tree Consulting, a boutique consulting firm centered on advancing sustainability. She is the lead author of two books: Learned in the Trenches: Insights into Leadership and Resilience (2018) and Mentoring and Sponsoring - Keys to Success (2020). She was the first woman to supervise seismic crews in the jungles of Venezuela, to advance a global career with leading roles in Kuwait Oil Company, Halliburton, and PDVSA.

Maria Angela Capello is a Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy), the highest civil honor conferred by the President of Italy, “for her outstanding career in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors”. She is an Honorary Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), w the top individual award of the SPE, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). She is a Physicist from the Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), and a M.Sc. of the Colorado School of Mines (USA). Her passion is to propel women and young professionals into leadership and sustainability.


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