announcing Dr. Howell

Samuel Howell completed his dissertation defense on Nov. 15, wrapping up his work at U Hawaii SOEST.  Next he moves to Pasadena for post-doc work at JPL where he will work on the Europa mission. 

Well done!  Congratulations!


Indiana Water Monitoring Council

I am pleased to be invited to join the board of directors of the Indiana Water Monitoring Council.  I look forward to working with this dedicated group of professionals!



Low Head Dam Removals

Attended an excellent workshop on the removal of low head dams.  Their impacts can be far-reaching and include public recreational use, stream ecology, water resources, the transport of sediment and bound contaminants and others. It is key to understand the complexities of each dam and its unique local environment.


Electromagnetic survey for mapping near-surface chlorides

The EM-31 is an excellent tool when the depth of interest < 6 meters.  Here it is coupled with a DGPS receiver to provide very rapid mapping even when on foot. 

This survey mapped near-surface chlorides (high electrical conductivity) and deep utility corridors that serve as possible migration pathways.  Results shown >here<

Action pose during data collection.  Good conditioning prior to our Wales Coastal Path hike.


Looking back from one extreme to another

With this heat wave, it helps to look back at cooler time.  This was taken during a refraction survey to support a seismic site classification from Vp / Vs.  Single digits and windy.  At least when its cold you can layer up and get warm.  Doesn't work in reverse when it is hot; there are practical limits to layering down.