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Jason P. Pope

Jason Pope is a hydrologist at the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center.

Jason has been an employee of the USGS since 2001. He has investigated a variety of topics related to groundwater in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain, including aquifer-system compaction and land subsidence, regional groundwater flow and availability, interpretation and mapping of hydrostratigraphy, estimation of water withdrawal and use, groundwater residence time, and water quality. His technical interests include the management and analysis of geospatial data, computer modeling of groundwater flow, techniques for estimating various components of water withdrawal and use, and measurement of aquifer-system compaction.

He is currently working on a revision of a groundwater model for the Eastern Shore of Virginia in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. He also contributes to a team in the USGS Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division, Earth Systems Modeling Branch creating a national-scale model of shallow groundwater flow, including a current focus area in the Delaware River Basin.


Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Hydrogeosciences, Geosciences, Virginia Tech. Thesis: Characterization and modeling of land subsidence due to groundwater withdrawals from the confined aquifers of the Virginia Coastal Plain.

  • B.S. Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina. Undergraduate Research: Phosphorus retention in a high-elevation southeastern reservoir system.


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