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The natural environment and health: Hidden dangers, unlimited opportunities

Boulder, Colorado, USA Cutting-edge research at the intersection of the Earth sciences and health will be showcased at the 5th International Conference on Medical Geology (MEDGEO 2013), which is being held along with the 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health, organized by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group on Health.

This collaboration will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and decision makers from the physical and medical sciences who are interested in solving health problems caused by natural materials and processes.

The joint conference will take place over five days from 25-29 August 2013 at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Members of the press are invited to attend and cover the scientific presentations. The Geological Society of America's Geology and Health Division is a contributor to the event, which enjoys multi-level support and sponsors, including The University of Texas at Dallas, USGS, NASA, NSF, and the Institute for Integrative Health.

The Topical Session lineup includes:

  • Arsenic and Other Toxic Oxyanions in the Environment
  • Biogeochemical Biomarkers of Human Health
  • Children's Health and the Environment
  • Climate Change and Human Health
  • Environmental Exposure to Asbestos and Other Natural Fibers
  • Energy Related Health Issues
  • Soils in Medical Geology
  • Urban Medical Geology
  • Health Risks Assessment of Hydraulic Fracking For Gas Recovery
  • See all at

Daily Keynotes from Monday to Thursday (Sunday program is posters only) include talks by senior scientists or managers from GEO (Group on Earth Observations), USGS, OSTP, NOAA, NASA, UT Dallas, the American Public Health Association, and ESRI.

Sessions on remote sensing applications and geospatial technologies will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday in the areas of:

  • Infectious and Vector-Borne Disease
  • Climate Variability and Health
  • Healthcare
  • Air Pollution Modeling for Health Impact Studies
  • Spatial Association of Diseases
  • Environmental Public Health Surveillance

View the complete combined technical session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.

Meeting Registration is open now at


Contact: Christa Stratton
Geological Society of America

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