A mature society, EMD has more than 1,200 members in countries around the world. In the United States, a member is assigned to one of six regional sections based upon his/her mailing address.
|Gulf Coast Section||23%|
|Rocky Mountain Section||21%|
|As of December 2007|
|U.S. Department of the Interior||.02%|
These statistics are measured by AAPG at the end of each year.
The Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is one of three divisions of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the largest professional association of geoscientists in the world. Organized in 1977, EMD serves as an international forum for those working in the exploration, development, and production of energy sources other than conventional oil and natural gas.
The purpose of EMD is to advance the science of geology as it relates to remote sensing and to any earth materials capable of being used for energy production, to provide a forum for addressing developments in mineral and energy economics and in fuels supply and utilization technology, and to promote the integration of geoscientific knowledge with those in related professions and activities.
Technical committees include:
- Coalbed Methane
- Energy Economics & Technology
- Gas Hydrates
- Geospatial Information (formerly, Remote Sensing)
- Oil Sands
- Oil Shale
- Uranium (formerly, Nuclear Minerals).
Coal geologists can attain special distinction in their fields by becoming Certified Coal Geologists by AAPG.