Séminaire de Kamini Singha (Colorado School of Mines) / Darcy Lectures


 AHLeGall    01/06/2017 : 21:55

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Le jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 10h30, en salle de conf de l'OSUR, Kamini Singha propose un séminaire intitulé "The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin​"

Le jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 10h30, en salle de conf de l'OSUR, Kamini Singha propose un séminaire intitulé "The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin​"

Cette présentation est proposée dans le cadre du Darcy Lecture Series in Groundwater Science

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Kamini Singha, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and the associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. She worked at the U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Geophysics from 1997 to 2000, and was a member of the faculty at The Pennsylvania State University from 2005 to 2012. She earned her B.S. in geophysics from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and her Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Stanford University in 2005.


Abstract

Earth’s “critical zone” — the zone of the planet from treetops to base of groundwater — is critical because it is a sensitive region, open to impacts from human activities, while providing water necessary for human consumption and food production. Quantifying water movement in the subsurface is critical to predicting how water-driven critical zone processes respond to changes in climate and human perturbation of the natural system. While shallow soils and aboveground parts of the critical zone can be easy to instrument and explore, the deeper parts of the critical zone — through the soils and into rock — are harder to access, leaving many open questions about the role of water in this environment.

This presentation opens the black box in the subsurface and sheds light on a few key subsurface processes that control water movement and availability: linkages between changes in evapotranspiration and subsurface water stores, water movement in three dimensions over large areas, and potential control of slope aspect on subsurface permeability. Geophysical tools are central to the quantitative study of these problems in the deeper subsurface where we don’t have easy access for observation. In particular, this lecture explores the role of trees in the critical zone, and their connection to soil moisture, groundwater and streams through innovative imaging​.



Contact
Kamini Singha (Colorado School of Mines)


Contact OSUR
Laurent Longuevergne (Géosciences Rennes)
Alain-Hervé Le Gall (multiCOM OSUR)





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