UC Davis scientists from fields across earth and space science will present their work during the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Dec. 14-18. More information about the meeting.
This tip sheet highlights a range of UC Davis research, from the origin of planets and Pluto, to the future of water in the West, to minerals in Earth's mantle.
Monday, Dec. 14:
8 a.m. Thomas Harter (firstname.lastname@example.org) looks at nitrate contamination in the Central Valley aquifer from 1945 until today.
8 a.m. Katherine Ransom (email@example.com) estimates the contribution of manure, fertilizers, septic waste and natural sources to groundwater nitrate in the San Joaquin Valley, California.
10:50 a.m. Alisha Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) examines the elastic properties of silicate melts to develop new interpretations of low velocity anomalies under hot spots and arcs.
1:40 p.m. Katrina Arredondo (email@example.com) models deforming slabs in subduction zones.
1:40 p.m. Angela Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) investigates induced and triggered earthquakes at The Geysers geothermal field in California.
1:40 p.m. Quinn Norris (email@example.com) discusses a simple model for understanding fracking and fracking-related earthquakes.
1:40 p.m. James Oltjen (firstname.lastname@example.org) presents a Web-based mapping platform named "BeefTracker” to provide beef cattle ranchers a tool to determine how cattle production fits within sustainable ecosystems.
1:40 p.m. Mark Yoder (email@example.com) introduces Virtual Quake, a system for developing earthquake forecasts.
Tuesday, Dec. 15:
8 a.m. Misun Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org) presents experimental results from tests of brine migration, a concern in long-term nuclear waste storage sites.
8 a.m. Megan Krusor (email@example.com)m investigates mineralization within modern microbial mats.
8:15 a.m. Sarah Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) discusses planetary formation models and problems.
9 a.m. Magali Billen (email@example.com) describes an irregular feature in the Tonga Slab that suggests the slab is tearing in two.
9:05 a.m. Charles Lesher (firstname.lastname@example.org) presents new constraints on the mantle lithosphere beneath Greenland.
9:30 a.m. John Rundle (email@example.com) discusses methods to calculate probabilities of major earthquakes.
11:05 a.m. Michael Oskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) shows how high-precision 3D imaging is revolutionizing information collection immediately following earthquakes.
1:40 p.m. Kei Ishida (email@example.com) tracks the ratio of snow to precipitation as it gradually decreases over three Northern California watersheds during the 21st century.
1:40 p.m. Sarah Moffitt (firstname.lastname@example.org) examines changes in benthic ocean ecosystems during mid-Pleistocene climate change.
1:40 p.m. Allison Rubin (email@example.com) investigates pre-eruptive processes in volcanoes.
2:40 p.m. Sujoy Mukhophyay (firstname.lastname@example.org) presents high-precision xenon measurements suggesting between five to eight mantle turnovers in Earth's history.
3:10 p.m. Simon Lock (email@example.com) demonstrates a new model for the origin of the moon.
Wednesday, Dec. 16:
8 a.m. Charles Trexler (firstname.lastname@example.org) explores the role of subduction in generating the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
8 a.m. Sarah Lambart (email@example.com) estimates the proportion of pyroxenites in the mantle, which affects buoyancy and could have geodynamic implications.
8 a.m. Louise Kellogg (firstname.lastname@example.org) models the onset of convection in planetary interiors.
8 a.m. Curtis Williams (email@example.com) documents helium isotope variation along the global mid-ocean rift system.
11:51 a.m. Neil Griffis (Npgriffis@ucdavis.edu) finds better time constraints for the late Paleozoic Ice Age in the Paraná Basin, Brazil.
1:40 p.m. Marie Weisfeiler (firstname.lastname@example.org) discusses methods for estimating the surface temperature of exoplanets.
1:40 p.m. Julie Witcover (email@example.com) documents a shift towards a diverse mix of alternative fuels since California enacted the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in 2010.
2:40 p.m. Josue Medellin-Azuara (firstname.lastname@example.org) reviews the impacts of California’s ongoing four-year drought and its importance for state water supply systems.
Thursday, Dec. 17:
8 a.m. Mustafa Dogan (email@example.com) shows how sustainable groundwater management and climate change are likely to affect California’s water supply system.
8 a.m. William Glassley (firstname.lastname@example.org) studies the metamorphic history of 1.8 billion-year-old rocks in West Greenland.
8 a.m. Sarah Enders (email@example.com) examines 40,000 years of nitrogen cycling as recorded in northeast Siberian permafrost.
8 a.m. Shruti Khanna (firstname.lastname@example.org) tracks invasive species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California.
8 am. Tyler Mackey (email@example.com) discusses microbial mats in Lake Joyce, a perennially ice-covered lake of the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys.
9 a.m. Jose Pablo Ortiz Partida (firstname.lastname@example.org) analyzes the economic effects of water management policies.
9:30 a.m. Kari Cooper (email@example.com) investigates the history of magma reservoirs through zircon crystals in plutons and volcanic rocks.
10:20 a.m. Deborah Brosnan (firstname.lastname@example.org) discusses applying science in the midst of disaster events during a special session on scientists and hazards.
10:35 a.m. Trevor Waldien (email@example.com) documents complex patterns of exhumation in the Alaska Range along the Denali Fault System.
11:20 a.m. Gregory Pasternack (firstname.lastname@example.org) examines habitat restoration on the lower Yuba River, California, through sediment sluicing and natural floods.
11:50 a.m. Katherine Markovich (email@example.com) analyzes the declining alpine snowmelt runoff in California and Chile.
12:05 p.m. Christopher Cappa (firstname.lastname@example.org) studies the complex relationships between sea spray aerosols, ocean water and phytoplankton. The aerosols scatter solar radiation and serve as cloud seeds.
1:40 p.m. Ángeles Casas Planes (email@example.com) maps habitat suitability for the black-backed woodpecker in the 2013 Rim Fire burn area in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
1:40 p.m. Andrew Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org) looks at the effects of intentional levee breaches on the lower Cosumnes River, California.
1:40 p.m. Kasey Schultz (email@example.com) combines tsunami modeling and earthquake simulations to develop better tsunami scenarios for the prototype Pacific Rim Tsunami Early Warning System.
1:55 p.m. Eric Cowgill (firstname.lastname@example.org) finds evidence of earthquake clustering in the paleoseismic record along the Altyn Tagh fault bordering the Tibetan Plateau.
4 p.m. M.L. Kavaas (email@example.com) looks at future floods in the Cache Creek watershed, California, under various climate change scenarios.
Friday, Dec. 18:
8 a.m. Erik Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org) proposes collision scenarios for the origin of Pluto and its moons.
8 a.m. Rui Zhang (email@example.com) finds a large-scale meteorological pattern during cold air outbreaks over the California Central Valley. The outbreaks can trigger multibillion dollar agricultural losses.
8 a.m. Matthew Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org) documents topographic changes on the lower Yuba River, California, during flooding caused by atmospheric rivers.
8 a.m. Chih-Yang Chen (email@example.com) tests a tropical cyclone model for the Northwestern Pacific.
8 a.m. Marielle Pinheiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) documents changes in water and energy during the life cycle of Hurricane Katrina.
9 a.m. Catherine Davis (email@example.com) probes the foraminifera paleothermometer at high latitudes.
9:15 a.m. Mark Lubell (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides an overview of several studies of how farmers make decisions about climate change adaptation and mitigation.
9:45 a.m. Susan Ustin (email@example.com) analyzes the impact and recovery of wetlands following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
1:40 p.m. Dawn Sumner (firstname.lastname@example.org) discusses the geologic history of rocks at the base of Aeolis Mons in Gale Crater, Mars.
1:40 p.m. Lorraine Hwang explores the social and technical barriers to software attribution among the members of the geodynamics modeling community.
1:40 p.m. Joseph Biello (email@example.com) reveals that midlatitude Rossby waves can generate convectively coupled Kelvin waves.
3:10 p.m. Alan Rhoades (firstname.lastname@example.org) forecasts future climate change impacts on water resources in the western United States.
4 p.m. Richard Grotjahn (email@example.com) studies how Californian Central Valley summer extreme hot spells develop.
4:30 p.m. Susan Ustin (firstname.lastname@example.org) co-authors an assessment of the potential impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño on the California Rim Fire burn scar.