Geography 2017 Spring Colloquium Series

Rich Koehler, Assistant Professor at NBMG, will be giving a talk on March 8 as part of the Geography 2017 Spring Colloquium Series. The complete schedule of talks is listed below.

“Risk and Hazards”
Every Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m.
Mackay Science, Room 321
Parking at UNR

WHEN: March 1 (TODAY)
WHO: Aaron Kenneston, Washoe County Emergency Management
TOPIC: Emergency management—All risks, all hazards

WHEN: March 8
WHO: Rich Koehler, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, UNR
TOPIC: Assessing geologic hazards along a 900-km-long natural gas pipeline, Alaska: Evolving landscapes in big country

ABSTRACT: The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project is one of several major infrastructure projects proposed along the state highway system.  The pipeline is intended to deliver natural gas from the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage to serve the energy needs of Alaskans.  The route of the proposed pipeline crosses diverse terrain, several major mountain ranges, twelve physiographic provinces, and at least ten potentially active faults.  Field investigations were conducted along the entire route to support engineering-geologic decisions related to the planning, routing, and construction of the proposed pipeline.  The field investigations included air photo and lidar hillshade interpretations, helicopter surveys, and ground reconnaissance to develop information about landscape geomorphology and fault rupture parameters, as well as to evaluate the presence of other potential geologic hazards.  The results include maps depicting the locations of specific geologic hazards within the pipeline corridor and several reports.  In this talk, I will summarize detailed fault investigations along the Castle Mountain, Denali, and Park Road faults, describe the investigation methodology, and show examples of slush flow, creeping landslides, and other hazards.  The methodology employed during this investigation, specifically concerning the evaluation of a long, relatively narrow swath across variable terrain, can be applied to other infrastructure corridor studies elsewhere, such as the Ruby pipeline in Nevada among others.

WHEN: March 15
WHO: Karla Wagner, School of Community Health Sciences, UNR
TOPIC: Differential experiences of Mexican policing by people who inject drugs residing in Tijuana and San Diego, Calif.

WHEN: March 29
WHO: Lawrence Schick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle
TOPIC: The severe flooding in Brisbane, Australia – January 2011

WHEN: April 5
WHO: To be determined

WHEN: April 12
WHO: Heather Holmes, Physics, UNR
TOPIC: Air pollution from biomass burning: Experiments, satellites and modeling

WHEN: April 19
WHO: Laura Crosswell, Reynolds School of Journalism, UNR
TOPIC: Examining the implications of social marketing and the commercialization of public health

WHEN: April 26
WHO: Mike Dettinger, U.S. Geological Survey
TOPIC: ARKStorm@Tahoe – science and societal impacts

WHEN: May 3
WHO: Jennifer Rice, Geography, University of Georgia
TOPIC: Ecological gentrification in the climate friendly city

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