State government-university collaborations address environmental issues

Boulder, Colo., USA: Geoscientists from the northeastern U.S. and beyond will convene in Burlington, Vermont, on 18-20 March to discuss hot-topic science, expand on current findings, and explore the region's unique geologic features. This event is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from a variety of geoscience and environmental disciplines. Highlights include a talk on the use of drone technology to address geoscience and environmental issues.

Featured speaker: Dr. Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, Director of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory, "The Drones are Coming." Monday, 20 March, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., Emerald Ballroom III, DoubleTree Hotel Conference Center.


T2. Applications of Geoscience to Government and Community Issues.

Sunday, 18 March, 1:30 to 5:30 pm

– "A LIDAR-Based Landslide Inventory of Washington County, Central Vermont." Contact: George Springston, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, [email protected]

– "Public Data Dissemination: A Case Study of New Hampshire Groundwater Level Data System and Observation Communication." Contact: Greg Barker, New Hampshire Geological Survey, Concord, New Hampshire, [email protected]

– "Bioaccessible Pb in Burlington (VT) Soils: Field and Microscale Controls." Contact: Grant Reeder, Dept. of Geology, University of Vermont, [email protected]

– "Geologic Mapping, Hazards and Water: Vermont Geological Survey's Impact on Public Issues." Contact: Marjorie Gale, Vermont Geological Survey, Montpelier, VT, [email protected]

T6. Emerging Contaminants in Fractured Bedrock Aquifers in the Northeast.

Monday, 19 March, 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

– "4D Characterization of a Fractured Bedrock Aquifer Contaminated with PFOA: Bennington, Vermont." Contact: Jonathan Kim, Vermont Geological Survey, Montpelier, Vermont, [email protected]

– "Widespread PFC Contamination by Aerosol Deposition in Bennington, Vermont: A Long-Term Problem Due to Retention in Vadose Zone Soils/" Contact: Tim Schroeder, Dept. of Natural Sciences, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, [email protected]

– "Tracing Groundwater Flow by Inorganic Hydrochemistry: A Tool to Understanding PFOA Migration in a Fractured Bedrock Aquifer." Contact: Peter Ryan, Dept. of Geology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, [email protected]

– "Characterizing the Groundwater-Surface Water System in a PFOA-Contaminated Fractured Rock Aquifer Using Radon and Stable Isotopes." Contact: Marcel Belaval, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Boston, Massachusetts, [email protected]

T33. Lake Research and Monitoring Networks in the Northeast

Sunday, 18 March, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

– "Seismic Trigger Lacustrine Landslides in Lake Champlain." Contact: Patricia Manley, Middlebury College, [email protected]

– "Upper Saranac Lake Monitoring Program." Contact: Dan Kelting, Paul Smiths College, [email protected]

– "Is Vermont Losing Its Oligotrophic Lakes?" Contact: Leslie J. Matthews, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, [email protected]

– "High Vertical Resolution Hydrodynamic Modeling of Missisquoi Bay towards a Better Understanding of Water Quality and the Effects of Causeways/" Contact: Thomas Manley, Middlebury College, [email protected]

– "Circulation Dynamics of Missisquoi Bay; A New Look at the Question of Water Quality and Causeways." Contact: Thomas Manley, Middlebury College, [email protected]

T5. Critical Zone Processes, Function, and Resiliency: Challenges and Opportunities

Sunday, 18 March, 8 a.m. to noon

– "Soil Organisms as Ecosystem Engineers of the Critical Zone — The Forgotten Middle Man." Contact: Stephen Hasiostis, University of Kansas, [email protected]

– "Critical Zone Architecture and the Redistribution of Soil Metals and Organic Carbon in a New Hampshire Headwater Catchment." Contact: Don Ross, University of Vermont, [email protected]

– "Control of Phosphorus Dynamics between Soil, Groundwater, and Stream Compartments of a Montane Tropical Watershed." Contact: Virginia Hoyt, University of New Hampshire, [email protected]

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