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Mapping and Monitoring Hydrogeologic Processes in the Shallow Subsurface


While subsurface characterization methods are improving and yielding higher-resolution data, they are still not routinely used to describe flow and transport processes or to guide remediation activities. Grant applications are sought to develop high-resolution geophysical, geochemical, or hydrogeological methods to: (1) characterize subsurface properties that control the transport and dispersion of contaminants in groundwater and the unsaturated zone, or (2) monitor dynamic processes such as fluid flow, contaminant transport, and geochemical and microbial activity in the subsurface. Approaches of interest include the development of:

  • integrated approaches where geophysical data are combined with other types of data (e.g., core analyses, well logs, hydrogeologic and geochemical  information) to better constrain and evaluate flow and transport models;
  • improved tools and methods for hydrogeologic characterization using cone-penetrometers and conventional well logging systems;
  • innovative advances of temperature sensing technologies and approaches for hydrological characterization and monitoring from subsurface, surface, or airborne platforms; and
  • improved methods for the long-term monitoring (for one year, ten year, and one hundred year time frames) of contaminated sites, using integrated sensor networks.

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