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New Research at AGU 2017

AGU conference attendees

The annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting is attended by thousands of scientists from all over the world.

Dec 8, 2017


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is hosting its annual fall meeting in New Orleans, LA on December 11 – 15 bringing together thousands of scientists from various disciplines in the earth and planetary sciences to discover new findings, enrich scientific methods, and explore the scientific community’s role in solving practical problems within the public and private sectors. Woods Institute for the Environment fellows, affiliates, students and scholars will be in attendance and engaging in interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations across fields in an effort to better understand the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. All presentations will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about new Woods research at #AGU17.

Monday, December 11, 2017 

Oral Presentation

08:45 - 09:00 | Room 288-290 On the CO2 Wettability of Reservoir Rocks: Addressing Conflicting Information — Charlotte Garing 

09:45 - 10:00 | Room 220-221 Geostatistically Trained Simulation-Optimization Linking Fluid Flow and Geomechanics to Mitigate Injection Induced Seismicity in Areas with Known and Unknown Faults — Matthew Weingarten 

10:20 - 10:35 | Room 203-205 The pressure-induced structural response of rare earth hafnate and stannate pyrochlore from 0.1-50 GPa — Katlyn M Turner 

13:55 - 14:10 | Room 208-209 The Effect of Nickel on Iron Isotope Fractionation and Implications for the Earth’s Core — Mary M Reagan 

14:55 - 15:10 | Room 353-355 Pairing Coral Geochemical Analyses with an Ecosystem Services Model to Assess Drivers and Impacts of Sediment Delivery within Micronesia's Largest Estuary, Ngeremeduu Bay — Staci Lewis 

16:00 - 16:15 | Room 295-296 Stomatal and xylem regulation traits control the sensitivity of grassland productivity to aridity — Alexandra G Konings 

Poster Presentation

08:00 - 12:20 | Poster Hall D-F The Distribution of Basal Water Beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet from Radio-Echo Sounding — Thomas Jordan 

13:40 - 18:00 | Poster Hall D-F Using Remotely Sensed Soil Moisture to Estimate Fire Risk in Tropical Peatlands — Nathan Dadap 

Shifting patterns of ENSO variability from a 492-year South Pacific coral core — Neil Tangri

Effects of Successive Harvests on Soil Nutrient Stocks in Established Tropical Plantation Forests — Linnea Mendoza 

Shorter Harvest Cycles Counteract Increasing Annual Productivity in Industrial Plantation Forests: Trends from Three Decades of Remote Sensing in Southeastern Brazil — Devin McMahon 

Predicting Bacteria Removal by Enhanced Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) at the Watershed Scale — Jordyn Wolfand 


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 


Oral Presentation

09:00 - 09:15 | Room 352 Attenuation of Chemical Reactivity of Shale Matrixes following Scale Precipitation — Qingyun Li 

11:05 - 11:20 | Room 260-262 Changes in the probability of co-occurring extreme climate events — Noah S Diffenbaugh 

11:50 - 12:05 | Room 356-357 Linking remote-sensing and ecosystem services modeling to support and assess management for regenerative grazing in the South Gobi, Mongolia — Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer 

14:55 - 15:10 | Room R09 Preliminary Field Demonstration of Passive Radio Sounding Using the Sun as a Signal for Echo Detection — Sean Thomas Peters 

16:15 - 16:30 | Room 383-385 Interacting Effects of Leaf Water Potential and Biomass on Vegetation Optical Depth — Mostafa Momen 

16:45 - 17:00 | Room 271-273 Predictive modeling of mosquito abundance and dengue transmission in Kenya — Jamie Caldwell 

Poster Presentation

08:00 - 12:20 | Poster Hall D-F High-resolution Monthly Satellite Precipitation Product over the Conterminous United States — Hossein Hashemi 

Sub-core permeability and relative permeability characterization with Positron Emission Tomography — Christopher Zahasky 

Core Flooding Experiments Combined with X-rays and Micro-PET Imaging as a Tool to Calculate Fluid Saturations in a Fracture — Meritxell Gran 

13:40 - 18:00 | Poster Hall D-F Root Systems of Individual Plants, and the Biotic and Abiotic Factors Controlling Their Depth and Distribution: a Synthesis Using a Global Database. — Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Davila 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 


Oral Presentation

08:00 - 08:15 | Room 278-279 High-Resolution Digitization of the Film Archive of SPRI/NSF/TUD Radar Sounding of the Antarctic Ice Sheet — Dustin M Schroeder 

08:15 - 08:30 | Room 260-262 Heterogeneous benefits of precision nitrogen management over the Midwestern US: evidence from 1,000 fields derived by satellite imagery and crop modeling — Zhenong Jin 

08:15 - 08:30 | Room 267-268 Towards the next generation of climate change assessment: learning from past experiences to inform a sustainable future — Katharine J Mach 

11:50 - 12:05 | Room 278-279 Constraining Greenland basal water extent and drainage morphology from radar reflectivity and specularity analysis — Winnie Chu 

13:55 - 14:10 | Room 291-292 Combining deep learning and satellite data to inform sustainable development — David B Lobell 

16:45 - 17:00 | Room 222 Retrieve Ground Deformation Associated with Cascadia Slow Slip Events Using Sentinel-1 Data — Yujie Zheng 

16:45 - 17:00 | Room 275-277 Measuring the Impact of Wildfire on Active Layer Thickness in a Discontinuous Permafrost region using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) — Roger J Michaelides 

17:15 - 17:30 | Room 275-277 Advancing InSAR technology for monitoring the active layer terrestrial water storage and freeze-thaw cycle at Toolik, Alaska — Jingyi Chen 

Poster Presentation

08:00 - 12:20 | Poster Hall D-F Vegetation optical depth measured by microwave radiometry as an indicator of tree mortality risk — Krishna Rao 

Efficient data assimilation algorithm for bathymetry application — Hojat Ghorbanidehno 

13:40 - 18:00 | Poster Hall D-F Combining high resolution water use data from smart meters with remote sensing and geospatial datasets to investigate outdoor water demand and greenness changes during drought — Kimberly Quesnel 

A Case Study Based Analysis of Performance Metrics for Green Infrastructure — Beatrice Louise Gordon 

Observed Trends in West Coast Atmospheric River Temperatures — Katerina R Gonzales 


Thursday, December 14, 2017 


Oral Presentation

08:30 - 08:45 | Room 298-299 Constraining Path-Dependent Processes During Basalt-CO2 Interactions with Observations From Flow-Through and Batch Experiments — Dana Thomas 

09:00 - 09:15 | Room 392 Investigating the Spatial Characteristics of Extreme Precipitation over the US —Danielle E Touma 

09:15 - 09:30 | Room 208-209 What goes up might come down: Backflow in the conduits of persistently degassing volcanoes and ramifications for melt-inclusion analysis — Jenny Suckale 

11:05 - 11:20 | Room 211-213 Neogene interaction of the westerlies and high topography north of the Plateau: Implications for Central Asia paleoclimate — Jeremy K Caves 

13:40 - 13:55 | Room 283-285 Tracking big and small agriculture with new satellite sensors — David B Lobell 

13:55 - 14:10 | Room 280-282 Drought, water conservation, and water demand rebound in California — Patricia Gonzales 

14:25 - 14:40 | Room 265-266 Shifting fire regimes alter soil carbon and nutrient storage at the global scale: historical trends and future projections — Adam Pellegrini 

16:45 - 17:00 | Room 391 The Influence of Emission Location on the Magnitude and Spatial Distribution of Aerosols’ Climate Effects — Geeta Persad 

17:00 - 17:15 | Room 271-273 Modelling the initiation of basal sliding — Elisa Mantelli

Poster Presentation

08:00 - 12:20 | Poster Hall D-F Iron and aluminum solid phase dynamics and carbon storage across a water balance gradient in volcanic soils — Jesse Bloom Bateman 

Correlation Between Echinoidea Size and Threat Level — Saket Bakshi 

Unraveling the cause of large surface-height anomalies on Slessor and Recovery glaciers, East Antarctica, with multi-mission data integration — Matthew R Siegfried

Can subglacial meltwater films carve into the till beneath? Insights from a coupled till-water model — Indraneel Kasmalkar 

Two-stream Convolutional Neural Network for Methane Emissions Quantification — Jingfan Wang 

Of Detection Limits and Effective Mitigation: The Use of Infrared Cameras for Methane Leak Detection — Arvind P Ravikumar 

Development of a life-cycle fugitive methane emissions model utilizing device level emissions and activity factors — Jacob Englander 

Impact of Methane Leak Detection and Repair Programs: Determining Pre- and Post-Survey Emissions Profiles — Daniel Javier Roda-Stuart 

Tracking Emissions of Methane Leaks from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in California — Eric Lebel 

The Evolution of Land Plants and the Silicate Weathering Feedback — Daniel E Ibarra 

Can ENSO-like convection force an ENSO-like extratropical response on subseasonal timescales? — Michael Goss 

Estimating Englacial Vertical Velocity from Airborne Radar Sounding Data — Davide Castelletti

Constraining Basal Conditions across the Amundsen Sea Embayment of West Antarctica using a Synthesis of the PASIN and HiCARS Radar Sounding Data — Andrew Michael Hilger 


Friday, December 15, 2017 


Oral Presentation

08:00 - 08:15 | Room 293-294 Baseline Geochemistry of Natural Occurring Methane and Saline Groundwater in an Area of Unconventional Shale Gas Development Through Time — Jennifer Harkness 

08:37 - 08:48 | Room 260-262 Unprecedented rates of land-use transformation in modeled climate change mitigation pathways — Peter A Turner 

10:35 - 10:50 | Room 293-294 Enhanced Removal of Nutrients and Trace Organics from Urban Runoff with Novel Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — Negin Ashoori 

11:05 - 11:20 | Room 260-262 Rightsizing expectations for carbon dioxide removal towards ambitious climate goals — Katharine J Mach 

11:20 - 11:35 | Room 206-207 Hydrogen-bearing iron peroxide and its implications to the deep Earth — Jin Liu 

11:35 - 11:50 | Room 206-207 Hydrogen-bond symmetrization breakdown and dehydrogenation mechanism in FeO2H at high pressure — Qingyang Hu 

12:05 - 12:20 | Room 260-262 Geospatial Analysis of Near-Term Technical Potential of BECCS in the U.S. — Ejeong Baik 

13:40 - 13:55 | Room 203-205 It’s the little things that matter most: The role of volatiles in volcanoes and their magmatic roots — Tobias Keller 

13:55 - 14:10 | Room 265-266 Changes in Concurrent Risk of Warm and Dry Years under Impact of Climate Change — Ali Sarhadi 

14:40 - 14:55 | Room 293-294 Deep groundwater quantity and quality in the southwestern US — Mary Kang 

16:45 - 17:00 | Room 356-357 Thermodynamic Constraints on Coupled Carbonate-Pyrite Weathering Dynamics and Carbon Fluxes — Matthew Winnick 

17:30 - 17:45 | Room 267-268 Multiscale analysis of deforestation risk due to commodity crop expansion in sub-Saharan Africa and the role of non-industrial producers — Elsa Ordway 

17:45 - 18:00 | Room 386-387 Partitioning Concentration-Discharge Patterns of Weathering Products from Monolithologic Catchments to Global Rivers — Daniel E Ibarra 

Poster Presentation

08:00 - 12:20 | Poster Hall D-F Toward global crop type mapping using a hybrid machine learning approach and multi-sensor imagery — Sherrie Wang 

Satellite-based classification of tillage practices in the U.S. — George Azzari 

13:40 - 18:00 | Poster Hall D-F User-friendly InSAR Data Products: Fast and Simple Timeseries (FAST) Processing — Howard A Zebker 

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