Adam Durant and Matt Watson, both of whom are alumni and adjunct faculty at Michigan Technological University, are doing postdoctoral work at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. They have been conducting some interesting research into volcanic plumes using meteorologic balloons. See the video from the BBC. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation.
Acccording to Michigan Tech Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Engineering John Gierke, “Due to glaciers being remote locations and the fact that they are hundreds of feet thick, we do not understand how they move very well and their interactions with the underlying rocks upon which they travel. Since we can not see what is happening, we are attempting to ‘hear’ the interactions and then deduce where and what is going on.”
“Our listening devices are seismometers, identical in principle to the ones that are used for monitoring earthquakes, and we deployed 3 on the Bering Glacier and 7 others on islands, peninsulas, and shores near the glacier edge, and they collected data that we hope will tell us when and where bedrock was being broken by the glacier moving and glacier ‘calving’ (breaking) events, but we have to remove a lot of uninteresting data too, like helicopter an
Jacqueline Huntoon has received a $133,504 grant for her project, “Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment for Dr. Jacqueline E. Huntoon.”
Alex Mayer has received a $29,904 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for his project, “ExCit: Expanding Cities–People, Water and Infrastructure.” Previously, Professor Mayer received $35,028 for the first year of a three-year project totaling $299,860, “MTU-UNISON Linkage: Training a Core of Water Resource Experts,” from the American Council on Education.
William Rose received a $29,881 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the first year of a potential four year project, “EHAZ: North American Earth Hazards Consortium.”
Jimmy F. Diehl has received a $49,800 postdoctoral research fellowship from the National Science Foundation for research titled “Climactic and Human Impacts on the Intensity and Frequency of Late Holocene Flood Events-A Case Study of the Morava River Flood Deposits (Czech Republic).”
Department Chair Wayne Pennington received a $140,000 grant, the first increment of a potential three-year, $722,620 award from the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory for his research titled “Crosswell Seismic Amplitude-Versus-Offset for Detailed Imaging of Facies and Fluid Distribution within Carbonate Oil Reservoirs.”
I. Matt Watson has received a $79,369 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for his research, “Developing a Multi-Species Algorithm for Quantifying Volcanic Emissions Using MODIS, ASTER and AIRS.”
Professor William Rose received a $40,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research titled “U.S. – Argentina/Chile Collaborative Research on Volcano Remote Sensing.”