Macrodispersion of Groundwater in Discontinuous Permafrost

November 1, 2012 • Filed under: News — melanie.rohr

Understanding the mechanisms of macrodispersion of groundwater are vital when examining contaminant fate and transport within an aquifer. Join Michelle Barnes at this week’s seminar, Friday, November 2nd, 2012 as she presents exciting results from her research on groundwater interactions in discontinuous permafrost.

Friday Seminar Series

  • What: Macrodispersion of Groundwater in Discontinuous Permafrost
  • Who: Michelle Barnes
  • When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 02
  • Where: 535 Duckering

Preparing for a Field Work - Deploying Data Loggers

The macrodispersion mechanisms of groundwater in discontinuous permafrost have not been heavily studied. However, such mechanisms are of importance when considering contaminant fate and transport within an aquifer. Understanding these mechanisms allows us to determine whether a plume has the potential to contaminate a drinking water source or has the potential to be diluted through mixing processes. For the purpose of my research the Sulfolane spill from the North Pole Refinery has been chosen as a case study. Previous supporting studies of groundwater movement in discontinuous permafrost will be represented. The methodologies will be discussed regarding current approaches such as vector analysis, surface water and groundwater interactions, and incorporations of contaminant concentrations. Some of the interesting results that have been found at this point in the research and proposed future work will also be shared. Navigating through challenges is a reoccurring theme, but through persistence an understanding of macrodispersion mechanisms of groundwater in discontinuous permafrost can be developed. Join me on Friday to share in my evolving journey.

Image Above: Preparing for a Field Work Deploying Data Loggers

(Photo courtesy of Michelle Barnes)