Entries in environmental (5)


He could have told the NWS in Indiana that posting that was a BIG mistake 

Dan Satterfield of the AGU Blogosphere has an entertaining entry for the anxiety surrounding contrails.

Read it here: http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2014/12/03/told-nws-indiana-posting-big-mistake/



Visualization fail

Every atlas you ever see shows water as blue and ice as white. But that is not so in this graphic which appeared in the WSJ. True, a legend is presented which makes this technically "OK" but it does not pass muster in terms of communication between scientists and the public.




Measuring Ground Water from Space, 2002-2012

Measurements of ground water—rather than water on the surface—reveal the long-term effects of drought. These maps show ground water conditions in the U.S. compared to the long-term average from August 2002 to August 2012. (Map by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center, based on data from the GRACE science team.)

See the video at and learn more at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GRACEGroundwater/


Techniques to Quantify Stream-Groundwater Exchange and Shallow Transport A Hands-on Workshop

Looking forward to participating in the upcoming workshop for hands-on experience with novel techniques that can be used to investigate stream-groundwater interactions. Participants will learn to apply four novel techniques and learn related experimental design, data acquisition, data processing, and analysis issues for stream-groundwater interaction studies. http://www.cuahsi.org/stream-gw-wkshp.html


IDEM Remediation Closure Guide [DRAFT]

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued their draft of the Remediation Closure Guide (available here http://www.in.gov/idem/6683.htm). This guide is intended as a replacement of the RISC Technical Guide, and to serve as the de facto guidance document for all environmental investigations to be performed under IDEM's regulatory programs.

Of note, the guidance document explicitly requires the development of a Conceptual Site Model of its investigated sites. The CSM is to integrate hydrogeologic settings, land use, identification of contaminants and their phases, plume characterization, and possible off-site and natural sources. We applaud this approach and believe that its implementation will result in more thoughtful and efficient investigations that will be a benefit to the citizens of Indiana.