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    • May 19, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE and FREE
    Please join BAPG'S virtual student scholarship event and allow us to introduce you to our presenters! It's out membership that allows us to hold this event each year and we thank you for your continued support. This event is free and will be held virtually, but please consider registering with a donation if you're able to help support the scholarship fund for this event or become a BAPG sponsor.

    Presenters: Will Russo (UB) and Eric Cicero (UB)

    Will's Presentation Description 

    "Application of three-dimensional basis-constrained electrical resistivity tomography to visualize field-scale saline tracer."


    Accurate imaging of groundwater contaminant plumes is necessary for environmental remediation efforts as well as protecting the public from contamination. Conventional direct sampling methods for tracking contaminant plumes involve drilling wells and sampling the groundwater for contamination. While direct sampling methods provide ground-truth concentration data at specific well locations, the data are spatially limited resulting in incomplete understanding of plume extent. Direct sampling methods are also invasive and can be cost prohibitive.  To obtain spatially continuous data, we interpolate data from dense network of wells, which tends to disturb the very system we seek to investigate and poses contaminant mobilization risk. In contrast, indirect geophysical methods, such as electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) provide inexpensive spatially continuous data in a non-invasive manner.  

    Due to limited and noisy data, the reconstruction of contaminant plumes from ERT data requires prior constraints to stabilize the solution. The traditional Tikhonov inversion method has been shown from tracer test experiments to under-predict total mass of plumes and over-predict spatial distribution due to lack of process-based information in the prior constraints. The basis-constrained inversion method was developed to incorporate physics-based a priori information about the geologic setting and plume shape from training images to aid in reconstruction. The goal of this project is to use the basis-constrained inversion to reconstruct ERT data collected from a controlled field experiment at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Cape Cod. To assess improvements in plume mass and morphology estimations, we will compare the results to reconstruction of the same plume using the traditional Tikhonov inversion method.

    Eric's Presentation Description 

    "Detection of Firn Aquifer Draining Crevasses in Southeast Greenland."


    In the near future, the massive amount of water stored as ice in Greenland Ice Sheet will have a significant impact on sea level rise. Understanding glacial hydrology is therefore critical to predicting the contribution the Greenland Ice Sheet will have. One aspect of glacial hydrology is firn aquifers. Firn aquifers are large stores of liquid water found in the porous firn layer some tens of meters below the surface of some glaciers. They are created when spring meltwater percolates down into the glacier and is kept liquid by high snowfall rates which insulate it from cold winter temperatures. With regards to the Greenland Ice Sheet, these conditions are predominantly found in its southeast region, with smaller firn aquifers found elsewhere along the coast. The water stored in these aquifers moves downstream, in the direction of ice flow, before eventually forcing its way to the bed through crevasses. This input of firn aquifer water to the bed is thought to affect how fast the glaciers will flow. It lubricates the ice sheet bed and hastens the glaciers’ flow to the sea. However, the spatial distribution of the crevasses which drain the firn aquifers and how these aquifers evolve over time is still relatively unknown.

    Using a tool in GHub, a new online repository of datasets, tools, and supercomputing resources for ice sheet science, we analyzed data from the Airborne Topographic Mapper (ATM) gathered by NASA’s Operation IceBridge (OIB) from 2013 - 2018. Specifically, we find significant anomalies in the glacier surface elevation, that signify the presence of crevasses, and detect the apparent depths, widths, and locations of crevasses near known firn aquifers. We use our results to determine the spatial relationship between firn aquifers and wide crevasses may indicate surface-to-bed hydrofractures, along with how these crevasses change year to year.

    We determined that wide crevasses which are thought to carry the aquifer water to the ice sheet bed are found near the downstream border of the established firn aquifers along all OIB flight lines studied. Additionally, we find that the crevasses are distributed in a pattern that seems to indicate that thinner, smaller crevasses upstream that don’t reach the bed evolve over the years to become the wider firn aquifer draining crevasses.

    This research will help us further constrain our models of how meltwater reaches the ice sheet bed in these settings and will allow us to understand in greater depth glacier flow and its contribution to future sea level rise. Better understanding of glacial hydrology will allow us to more accurately predict the rate of sea level rise and allow us to prepare for the impacts it will bring.

    The presentation is free, but registration is required to obtain the link.

Past events

March 17, 2021 BAPG March 2021 Presentation (Virtual)
November 19, 2020 BAPG November 2020 Virtual Presentation
October 18, 2020 BAPG Niagara Gorge Hike
May 27, 2020 2020 Virtual BAPG Geology Scholarship Event
March 12, 2020 BAPG - Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) - Joint Dinner Meeting
February 19, 2020 BAPG February Dinner Meeting
January 29, 2020 ASCE and BAPG Joint Dinner Meeting
November 20, 2019 BAPG November Dinner Meeting
October 29, 2019 Modern Technologies and Emerging Techniques for Assessing Complex Hydrogeologic Systems in Fractured Bedrock (2-Day Technical CE Course)
October 16, 2019 October Meeting - University at Buffalo Prof. Bursik Presents - Stones in the Sky
September 21, 2019 BAPG/NSSWNY Geology Hike in Cattaraugus Creek
May 15, 2019 BAPG May Meeting - PART 2 - Meltwater on, in, and under the Greenland Ice Sheet
April 17, 2019 BAPG April Meeting - Student Poster Presentations
March 14, 2019 BAPG - Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) - Joint Dinner Meeting
February 19, 2019 Recruitment and Retention in Geosciences
January 16, 2019 2019 BAPG/ASCE Meeting: Advantages of Ground Improvement Techniques over the Conventional Approaches
November 07, 2018 BAPG November Meeting - Meltwater on, in, and under the Greenland Ice Sheet
October 17, 2018 October NYSCPG/BAPG - Technical Symposium
September 19, 2018 BAPG September Meeting - Updating the Evidence for an Undocumented Glacial Advance in Western New York
May 16, 2018 BAPG May Dinner Meeting
April 18, 2018 Student Poster Presentations
March 13, 2018 BAPG-Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 21, 2018 BAPG February Dinner Meeting
January 17, 2018 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Using Soil-Cement Mixing for Soft Ground Improvement at a Landfill
November 15, 2017 BAPG November Dinner Meeting
October 18, 2017 October Meeting - Revising the Middle to Late Glacial History of Central & Western NY
September 20, 2017 September Meeting - Springville Dam Restoration - Sediment Management Investigation
May 17, 2017 May Meeting - Shutting Off Niagara Falls
April 19, 2017 April Student Poster Session Meeting
March 25, 2017 Buffalo Geological Society 49th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
March 14, 2017 BAPG-Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 15, 2017 February Meeting - NYS Professional Geologists Licensing Update
January 18, 2017 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Foundation Design and Construction of the New NY Bridge
November 16, 2016 November Meeting - Seismotectonic analysis in volcanic regions
October 08, 2016 2016 Western New York Earth Science Day
September 21, 2016 BAPG - September Meeting - NYS PG Licensing UPDATE
July 30, 2016 Member Appreciation Picnic at Penn Dixie
June 25, 2016 BAPG Guided Hike of the Lower Niagara River Gorge and Picnic
May 18, 2016 May Meeting - A Recent History of the Corps of Engineers’ Contribution to the Restoration of the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC): Lessons from the Sand Box
March 16, 2016 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 17, 2016 February Meeting - Hydrofracking, Climate Change, and Evolution Outreach Yield Rules of Thumb for Addressing Controversial Issues
January 20, 2016 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Unique Foundation Wall, Where Temporary Becomes Permanent
November 18, 2015 BAPG - November Meeting - A Redux - Buffalo-Niagara Corridor Historically Smelted, Refined, Processed and Fabricated Metal Sources
October 21, 2015 October 2015 BAPG Presentation
October 10, 2015 Earth Science Day 2015
September 26, 2015 BAPG Day at the Penn Dixie Site
September 16, 2015 BAPG - September Meeting - Buffalo-Niagara Corridor Historically Smelted, Refined, Processed and Fabricated Metal Sources
May 20, 2015 NYS Licensing Presentation and Q&A/Student Presentation
April 16, 2015 Buffalo Remediation Workshop - Free
April 15, 2015 BAPG - April Meeting - Unexpected NORM Waste in the Niagara Region
March 18, 2015 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 18, 2015 Hydrogeologic Modeling and the Development of Preliminary Remediation Goals for the Guterl Specialty Steel Site, New York
January 21, 2015 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Geologic and Geotechnical Aspects of the Maid of the Mist Drydock Project
December 03, 2014 Upper Devonian Shale Potential in the Northern Appalachian Basin
October 22, 2014 Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Materials on Western Lake Erie Basin: Beneficial or Too Green?
October 11, 2014 Earth Science Day 2014
September 28, 2014 Exploring New York: Little Rock City
September 17, 2014 Waterflooded Shallow Oil Fields of the Northern Appalachian Basin: Past, Present, & Future Practices and Issues
July 01, 2014 Exploring New York: An Evening at the Penn Dixie Site
May 21, 2014 The Hydraulic and Hydrogeologic Modeling of the Lower Scajaquada Creek for Environmental Restoration Planning
April 16, 2014 Conodonts in Time and Space
March 18, 2014 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 19, 2014 Faults in the Appalachian Basin of New York State: A Reprise
January 23, 2014 Solving Difficult Brownfield Soil & Groundwater Remediation Problems on Five Continents
November 20, 2013 Establishment of the Profession of Geology in New York State
October 16, 2013 October 2013 Meeting: Scientists Make Mistakes Too
October 12, 2013 Earth Science Day
September 28, 2013 Canceled - BAPG September Field Trip- Canceled
September 18, 2013 GLLA Remedial Investigation of Eighteenmile Creek AOC
May 15, 2013 Seismic Retrofit of Soft-Story Woodframe Buildings
April 17, 2013 Hudson River PCB Superfund Site Update
April 16, 2013 In-Situ Remedial Technologies Symposium
March 21, 2013 March 2013 BAPG Monthly Meeting
February 20, 2013 February 2013 BAPG Monthly Meeting
February 19, 2013 Managing Groundwater Beneath the Agricultural Landscape
January 23, 2013 Joint ASCE and BAPG January Dinner Meeting
November 14, 2012 November 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
October 17, 2012 October 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
September 21, 2012 2012 WNY Geological Symposium
September 20, 2012 TWIN TIERS - Society of Petroleum Engineers
August 28, 2012 Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show
May 16, 2012 May 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
April 18, 2012 April 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
March 22, 2012 March 2012 Joint Dinner BAPG-TSC
February 15, 2012 February 2012 BAPG Monthly Meeting
January 18, 2012 Joint ASCE and BAPG January Dinner Meeting
November 16, 2011 November 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
October 19, 2011 October 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
September 23, 2011 BAPG September Picnic
July 25, 2011 Four Nights for Better Data, Maps & Visualization
June 29, 2011 The Cost of Power
May 18, 2011 May 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
April 20, 2011 April 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
April 13, 2011 The Marcellus Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement by Hydraulic Fracturing Conference
April 13, 2011 Air Waste Management Association
March 31, 2011 Marcellus Shale Lecture Series
March 26, 2011 Gem Mineral Fossil Show - Buffalo Geological Society
March 24, 2011 March Joint Dinner BAPG-TSC
February 17, 2011 University at Buffalo Pegrum Lecture Series
February 16, 2011 February BAPG Monthly Meeting
January 26, 2011 January 2011 Joint Monthly Meeting - BAPG-ASCE
January 19, 2011 Developing Shale Gas Resources: Environmental, Economic and Policy Perspectives
January 19, 2011 Green Remediation
December 15, 2010 No December Meeting
November 17, 2010 November Monthly Meeting - Brad Gill
October 11, 2010 October Monthly Meeting - Dr Paul Marinos
September 15, 2010 BAPG 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
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