Sally Letsinger, an Associate Research Scientist in the department, received a $184,000 award from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to conduct a 12-month study entitled, "Implications to aquifer storage from shifts in timing of water-balance partitioning." The funding supports an investigation into changes in the rates and spatial distribution of aquifer recharge in Midwest USA unconsolidated aquifers related to changes in climate. Higher intensity storms produce increased stormwater runoff, which may circumvent the recharge processes that seasonally refill near-surface aquifers. The research will combine analysis of groundwater-level observations, modeling of the soil-water budget over time, and spatial analysis to understand water-storage changes in subsurface geological materials.
Sally Letsinger received a $184,000 award from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to study how extreme weather impacts groundwater recharge in Indiana
Tuesday, June 30, 2020