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Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

Economics, Energy Resources, and Future Energy Supply

The members of this project have prepared a number of analyses that constitute the economic components of energy resource assessments. They have also proposed enhancements to geologic assessment data and methods that make results of assessments immediately amenable to economic analysis. In addition, they apply theoretically sound valuation methodologies to assess the commercial value of...

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Utilization of Carbon and other Energy Gases - Geologic Research and Assessments

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is utilized by industry to enhance oil recovery. Subsurface CO2 storage could significantly impact reduction of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, but the economics and potential risks associated with the practice must be understood before implementing extensive programs or regulations. Utilization of other energy-related gases such as helium...

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Geochemistry of Energy Fuels Task

Geologic and geochemical processes that impact fuel quality, quantity, and availability can be best understood by utilizing a range of approaches, including, but not limited to isotopic signatures, inorganic and organic analyses, and neutron scattering techniques. Current work focuses on using neutron scattering to understand how fluids are stored and flow through tight continuous reservoirs...

Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Assessing the world's inland fisheries- Abigail Lynch

Inland fisheries are important contributors to global food security and poverty alleviation. However, there is no standardized method to monitor and assess the status of inland fisheries. The goal of this project is to assess the vulnerability and resiliency of all major inland fisheries globally through the creation of an interactive assessment tool to be used by fisheries managers.

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Peatland responses to centennial and millennial-scale changes in North Pacific hydroclimate- Miriam Jones

This study will examine centennial- to millennial-scale North Pacific hydroclimate variability over the late-glacial and Holocene from Alaskan peatlands using cellulose extraction from peatland plants. Hydroclimate analysis will be coupled with vegetation and carbon dynamics to better understand how peatlands respond to long-term climate variability.

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Recreational Fishing as driver of overexploitation in inland waters- Doug Beard

Do fisheries managers know the impacts of improving recreational fishing technology on the populations of fish they manage? The role of gear innovations in recreational fisheries is understudied as a driver of overexploitation in inland waters. Examining technology advances will inform recreational managment.

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Estimating national inland recreational fish harvest- Abigail Lynch

While recreational fisheries yield is more than ten times that of commercial yield in inland waters, the U.S. does not currently report any recreational harvest up to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This project is aimed at using a novel approach to provide a U.S.-wide estimate of recreational inland fish harvest and project it with global change. 

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division- Stacey Archfield

We are seeking candidates to work on a national synthesis to attribute observed changes in floods and/or develop and test methods to adjust flood-frequency estimates for change. The specific topic of interest within these research themes are negotiable based on the intern’s particular research interests and career goals. 

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Funding for State Cooperatives

The National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) State Cooperatives project supports a publicly available database of coal knowledge that encompasses the entire United States. State-level partnering for coal resource assessment and fundamental research of energy-bearing strata improves the ability of Federal, State...

Contacts: Joseph A East
Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Remote Sensing Techniques for characterizing Energy Resources in Waste

Funded by the USGS Energy Resource Program “Shark Tank” grant. The goal of this project is to develop a method to use remotely collected satellite and airborne data to ascertain the quantity and quality of waste at abandoned uranium mines to better estimate the resource potential, identify abandoned mines and explore potential applications to other energy resources.  This is a collaborative...

Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Application of Methodology and Regional Assessment of CMM and AMM Potential

This project developed assessment methodologies based on available data from Northern Appalachian basin. The assessment was conducted on two adjacent panels of a longwall mine that operated in Pennsylvania. The methodology was verified with the existing data and by cross checking the results of the software and probabilistic calculations.

Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Assessing Emissions from Active and Abandoned Coal Mines

Gas emission zone liberates and accumulates significant amounts of coal mine methane as a by-product of active mining. In most active mines, coal mine methane is controlled by wellbores, called gob gas ventholes. Despite the presence of these wellbores, it is not possible to capture all of the methane generated within the gas emission zone. As a consequence, a large amount of gas migrates into...