Geohydrology Working Group
NeSS 2002: International Workshop on Neutrino and Subsurface Science
September 19-21, 2002
Washington, D.C.

Group Leader/Coordinator:
Brian McPherson
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, New Mexico 87801 USA

Goals of Geohydrology Science Working Group:

The Geohydrology Science Working Group is working together to identify potential geohydrologic studies (and associated societal benefits) that may be performed in an underground laboratory or observatory. The term "laboratory" implies a place that scientific experiments and studies may be performed, while "observatory" implies that processes that change through time will be observed. The Geohydrology Working group is working from the premise that a formal Geohydrologic Observatory and Laboratory will provide tangible scientific opportunities not available by other means, and that significant societal benefits may result. Fundamental geohydrologic issues may be investigated, including, for example, groundwater storage capacity and its controls, natural gas storage capacity and its controls, and groundwater and contaminant flow and transport processes, among many others. The Geohydrologic Observatory and Laboratory will offer a site to conduct large-scale, multidisciplinary studies as a community, as opposed to single investigators. Integral to scientific goals are proposed programs to foster education and training for future generations of scientists and teachers from K-12 to visiting researchers, focusing on those groups that have remained underrepresented throughout the 20th century.

The purpose of the NeSS 2002 Workshop is to link and integrate the research activities of the geohydrology scientific community with the physics community at the national underground laboratory. We will be holding several working sessions (agenda linked here) during the NeSS 2002 Workshop. If you would like to participate in these sessions, please notify Dr. Brian McPherson ( via email. The current agenda begins on Thursday afternoon with a 90-minute parallel session, including brief10 minute presentations, followed by an extended discussion period. This will be followed on Friday with working sessions designed to integrate science plans or proposals from the other earth science working groups, including geomicrobiology, geochemistry, geohydrology engineering, geomechanics science and engineering, and geophysics. On Saturday, an executive summary and draft proposal for the Earth Science portion of the National Underground Laboratory will be presented.

More information regarding the evolving geohydrology science plan may be found here.