UNSW Groundwater Research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2014

Posted 6 January 2015

The Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre team had a strong presence again this year at the AGU Fall meeting.

With over 25,000 delegates the AGU fall Meeting is the largest congress for the environmental earth science community and the ideal venue to showcase our research to the international research community.

This year, the CWI was represented by postgraduate researchers Juan Carlos Castilla and Kashif Mahmud, honours graduate Ellen Howley, research associate Katie Coleborn and postdoctoral researcher Catherine Jex.

The team presented the results of their research projects supported by the Australian Research Council, the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and the CWI Gary Johnston Fund, and national collaborations with colleagues from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and CSIRO.

The presentations were:  the application of lignin and lipid membrane biomarkers in the vadose zone of two carbonate geologies (Cath Jex), and a shallow coastal aquifer (Ellen Howley); the impact of wildfire on karst limestone (Katie Coleborn); the use of lidar data to characterise unsaturated zone flow into caves in the WA Tamala limestone (Kashif Mahmud).

Juan Carlos Castilla presented his research on agent based modelling and Kashif Mahmud on his image quilting approach to geostatistical analysis of hydrogeological properties.

Conference abstracts, some with downloadable e-posters, can be accessed here: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/scientific-program/

Presentations by the CWI team:

  • Ellen Howley, B21E-0079, Lignin Degradation in a Coastal Groundwater Aquifer: a Useful Tracer?
  • Juan Carlos Castilla, ED21F-06, Simulation Games: The Future of Water Resources Education and Management?
  • Cath Jex, B21E-0081, Sources and transport of microbial tetraether membrane lipids in Karst Systems
  • Katie Coleborn, PP31B-1121, Effects of fire on soil CO2 - Implications for karst processes
  • Juan Carlos Castilla, H34E-07, The Evolution of Cooperation in Managed Groundwater Systems: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach
  • Kashif Mahmud, H43S-06, Assimilating Hydraulic Conductivity Data Using Multiscale Training Images
  • Kashif Mahmud, EP41B-3514, Lidar Investigation of Infiltration Water Heterogeneity in the Tamala Limestone, SW WA

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