In Search of External Funds

We continue to aggressively pursue external funds to bolster shrinking state-allocated funds and to support geologic and geohazard research in Arizona. Over the past several years, we successfully petitioned the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey – StateMap is a perennially funded program – and the US Department of Energy for funds. With those funds in hand, we are building the US Geoscience Information Network (GIN), collaborating with the Association of American Survey Geologists on the State Geothermal project, and mapping quadrangles north of Yuma, south of Tucson, and east of Prescott.

Outlined below are externally funded research projects initiated by AZGS geoscientists in the last half of 2010. Research dollars and time periods are approximate.

Arizona State Hazard Viewer (FEMA) Funds $100,000; 2011

AZGS Team: Ann Youberg and Ryan Clark

This is a FEMA-funded pilot project involving California, Nevada and AZ. AZGS and Arizona Department of Emergency Management are working in partnership.

The project objective is to create a publicly accessible Arizona Natural Hazards (AZNH) website as a risk assessment and communication tool for use by all levels of government, the private sector, and the general public. This site will promote and support hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of risk reduction and loss avoidance measures. The project will leverage existing resources and technical expertise by building on web architecture previously developed by the State of California Natural Resource Agency (CNRA) to support data management, planning, and analysis as well as field data collection tools and user interface.

AZ-SHAKES (FEMA) Funds $50,000, 2010–2011

AZGS Team: Michael Conway and Pam Barry-Santos

The purpose of AZ SHAKES is to inform and educate the Arizona public about earthquake-related hazards, risk, and mitigation strategies. These outreach activities complement the 2009-2010 AZ SHAKES program (FEMA grant EMF-2009-GR-0920) and support our two overarching goals: 1) increase public awareness by providing cogent information in non-technical, jargon-free language, and 2) network with other federal, state, county, municipal and educational institutions and entities to promote earthquake awareness in Arizona.

COTSA (USGS National Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Assessment) Funds $50,000; 2010 – 2011

AZGS Team: Jon Spencer, Steve Rauzi, Ryan Clark, and Helen Ireland

The purpose of the project is to produce an updated database of well-log data, and aerial and structure maps and geologic cross-sections of oil and gas traps and geologic units that potentially contain or confine saline fluids, for use in evaluating potential for geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Arizona.

Gillespie Area Master Drainage Study - Flood Control District of Maricopa County; Funds $32,700; 2010-2011

AZGS Team: Jeri Young, Joe Cook, Phil Pearthree

The AZGS is part of a team whose objective is to identify and quantify flooding problems and flood hazards and establish development guidelines to ensure public safety for residents and property owners in the area east of the Gila River, north of Gila Bend, and south of the Buckeye Hills. The AZGS is providing detailed surficial geologic mapping of natural piedmont areas. The mapped extent of young deposits on the piedmonts will be used to help assess which areas may be prone to alluvial fan or sheet flooding.

WestCarb (West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership) Funds $233,000; 2010-2011

AZGS Team: Diane Love, Jeri Young, Brian Gootee

AZGS entered into an agreement with the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the potential of subsurface CO2 storage for the state of Arizona as part of the WESTCARB Phase III regional geologic characterization and CO2 storage assessment activities.

Our role is to identify and assess subsurface geologic formations in the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range Province of Arizona for CO2 storage potential. We will also be compiling data and findings into GIS format for inclusion in the National Carbon Atlas (NatCarb).

Carbon sequestration involves storing CO2, a prolific greenhouse gas emitted by energy and cement plants, in geologic repositories at depths of more than 3000 feet.

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