Hydrogeophysics

Hydrogeophysics is the interdiciplinary field that investigates water in Earth's systems using geophysical measurments. My research focuses on studying cryosphere and groundwater processes using non-invasive geophysical methods. The big-picture types of science questions that members of my group ask are:

  • How does water move through and get stored in alpine catchments?
  • What is the role of water in permafrost thaw and how does permafrost thaw contribute to carbon cycling?
  • How do hydrologic systems in the Arctic and boreal regions of Earth respond to climate change?

Often there are parameters within environmental systems that are difficult or impossible to measure using conventional means. Geophysical measurements enable subsurface imaging of many physical parameters without the need for drilling. Hydrogeophysics spans the fields of hydrology and geophysics where the science is necessarily interdisciplinary. We use geophysical methods that are best suited to measure the parameter of interest and therefore work in my lab may utilize one or more research instrument such as surface nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), ground penetrating radar (GPR), electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and electromagnetics (EM) among others.

A brief review of near-surface geophysics methods and applications to invesitgating environmental processes within the top 100 m of the Earth's surface can be found in Reviews of Geophysics.

Prospective graduate students interested in joining the Hydrogeophysics Research Group at UW should review posted openings here and contact me by email prior to submitting an application to describe the research project you would like to conduct.

We are committed to the University and Geology & Geophysics mission to increase diversity in science. We welcome diversity because we know that it enriches scholarly productivity and creativity. The Department of Geology and Geophysics strongly supports the University’s commitment and is devoted to building a graduate student population with diverse backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities and other distinctive characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and accepting ways.

LINKS

Arctic Lake Ice Systems Science(ALISS): http://arcticlakeice.org/
Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE): http://above.nasa.gov/
Field Work Photoblog: http://recentfieldwork.blogspot.com/
Geoscientists Without Borders: http://www.gwbaustralia.blogspot.com/
WyCEHG: http://www.uwyo.edu/epscor/wycehg/
G&G Faculty Listing: http://www.uwyo.edu/geolgeophys/faculty/andrew-parsekian.html