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12:00 pm - UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Ian Dalziel

UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Ian Dalziel

  Start: February 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Eric Petersen, eric_petersen@utexas.edu
Informal weekly presentations by UTIG students, researchers. Bring your lunch!

12:00 pm - iPGST: Jake Jordan

iPGST: Jake Jordan

  Start: February 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
Jake Jordan (PhD Talk, advised by Marc Hesse)

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4:00 pm - De Ford Lecture Series: Christian Schoof

De Ford Lecture Series: Christian Schoof

  Start: February 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm     End: February 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB2.324

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10:00 am - Friends and Alumni Network Board Meeting

Friends and Alumni Network Board Meeting

  Start: February 3, 2017 at 10:00 am     End: February 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm
 Location:UT Austin
 Contact:Kristen Tucek, ktucek@jsg.utexas.edu, 512.471.2223

10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series, Gerard Roe, University of Washington

UTIG Seminar Series, Gerard Roe, University of Washington

  Start: February 3, 2017 at 10:30 am     End: February 3, 2017 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Anisa Abdulkader, aabdulkader@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0417
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Centennial glacier retreat as categorical evidence of regional climate change

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The near-global retreat of glaciers over the last century provides some of the most iconic imagery for communicating the reality of anthropogenic climate change to the public. Surprisingly, however, there has not been a quantitative foundation for attributing the retreats to climate change, except in the global aggregate. This gap, between public perception and scientific basis, is due to uncertainties in numerical modelling and the short length of glacier mass-balance records. Here we present a method for assessing individual glacier change based on the signal-to-noise ratio, a robust metric that is insensitive to uncertainties in glacier dynamics. Using only meteorological and glacier observations, and the characteristic decadal response time of glaciers, we demonstrate that observed retreats of individual glaciers represent some of the highest signal-to-noise ratios of climate change yet documented. Therefore, in many places, the centennial-scale retreat of the local glaciers does indeed constitute categorical evidence of climate change.

10:30 am - UTIG SERIES, Gerard Roe, University of Washington

UTIG SERIES, Gerard Roe, University of Washington

  Start: February 3, 2017 at 10:30 am     End: February 3, 2017 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Anisa Abdulkader, aabdulkader@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0417

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9:00 am - 6th Annual Jackson School Student Research Symposium

6th Annual Jackson School Student Research Symposium

  Start: February 4, 2017 at 9:00 am     End: February 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm
 Location:Texas Union Ballroom on the UT main campus
 Contact:Kristen Tucek, ktucek@jsg.utexas.edu, 512.471.2223
 URL:Event Link

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12:00 pm - UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Baole Wen

UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Baole Wen

  Start: February 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Eric Petersen, eric_petersen@utexas.edu
Informal weekly presentations by UTIG students, researchers. Bring your lunch!

12:00 pm - iPGST: Dr. Jackie Lie - Carbonates and origin of super-deep diamonds

iPGST: Dr. Jackie Lie - Carbonates and origin of super-deep diamonds

  Start: February 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 8, 2017 at 1:00 am
 Location:JGB 3.222
Dr. Jackie Li (University of Michigan) - Experimental investigation into the fate of subducted carbonates and origin of super-deep diamonds

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4:00 pm - De Ford Lecture Series: Jie (Jackie) Li

De Ford Lecture Series: Jie (Jackie) Li

  Start: February 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm     End: February 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB2.324

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series, David Shean; PSC/APL/ University of Washington

UTIG Seminar Series, David Shean; PSC/APL/ University of Washington

  Start: February 10, 2017 at 10:30 am     End: February 10, 2017 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Anisa Abdulkader, aabdulkader@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0417
 URL:Event Link
Using repeat, high-res DEMs to quantify Antarctic ice shelf basal melt, mountain glacier mass balance, and landscape evolution

The recent widespread availability of sub-meter satellite imagery has revolutionized multiple disciplines in the geosciences. We developed an automated, open-source workflow to generate 2-m digital elevation models (DEMs) from commercial stereo imagery, with <0.5­–1.0 m horizontal and vertical accuracy after co-registration. We are producing 1000s of DEMs in a high-performance computing environment, and assembling dense time series and regional mosaics for West Antarctica, High Mountain Asia (HMA), and the contiguous US (CONUS).
In Antarctica, these DEMs provide precise measurements of the spatial and temporal evolution of grounding zones, sub-shelf ocean cavity geometry, and basal melt rates beneath vulnerable ice shelves. We document connections between these observables and upstream ice sheet dynamics, and evaluate melt rate parameterizations used in prognostic ice flow models to constrain future sea level rise.
We are also using these DEM records to study the long-term (~50-year), decadal, interannual, and seasonal mass balance of mountain glaciers on a continental scale. These products provide a systematic assessment of regional climate change, and offer basin-scale assessments of snow water equivalent and snow/ice melt runoff contributions for downstream water resource applications. In addition, these observations offer measurements of dynamic landscape evolution (e.g., landslides, sediment redistribution by rivers) that can be used for both hazard assessment and rapid response to natural disasters.
The sub-meter commercial stereo image archive spans nearly 10 years, and ongoing scientific data acquisition efforts have expanded dramatically since ~2013. These resources offer a nearly global, on-demand, low-cost capability that approaches the quality of airborne lidar data, and they will undoubtedly be an essential component of future Earth observing programs.

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12:00 pm - UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Jake Jordan

UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Jake Jordan

  Start: February 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Eric Petersen, eric_petersen@utexas.edu
Informal weekly presentations by UTIG students, researchers. Bring your lunch!

12:00 pm - iPGST: Brent Jackson

iPGST: Brent Jackson

  Start: February 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:JGB 3.222
Brent Jackson (PhD Talk, advised by Jim Gardner)

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4:00 pm - De Ford Lecture Series: Michael Grammer

De Ford Lecture Series: Michael Grammer

  Start: February 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm     End: February 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB2.324

5:00 pm - Alumni Reception in Houston in conjunction with the NAPE expo

Alumni Reception in Houston in conjunction with the NAPE expo

  Start: February 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm     End: February 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
 Location:Hilton of the Americas downtown Houston in Ballroom of the Americas B
 Contact:Kristen Tucek, ktucek@jsg.utexas.edu, 512.471.2223

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series, Lori Glaze, NASA

UTIG Seminar Series, Lori Glaze, NASA

  Start: February 17, 2017 at 10:30 am     End: February 17, 2017 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Anisa Abdulkader, aabdulkader@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0417
“Venus: The forgotten Planet”

Compared to Earth and Mars, we know very little about the early history and evolution of Venus. Despite the likelihood that Venus was very similar to Earth after formation, the two planets followed vastly different evolutionary pathways. Venus now hosts a runaway greenhouse atmosphere composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid clouds, and surface temperatures that could melt lead. When, how, and why Venus’ evolution diverged from Earth is unknown. The Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission has been proposed to answer many of these questions. The mission would send a probe through the Venus atmosphere to measure a comprehensive suite of noble gases, to compile a detailed profile of trace gases, and to image the Venus-unique complex ridged terrain. Although DAVINCI was not selected in the most recent competition, there are other opportunities to build on the DAVINCI approach for exploring Venus in the future. Better understanding of why Earth, Mars, and Venus are they way they are today is critical to interpreting new observations of exoplanets that have been found around other stars in our galaxy.

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10:00 am - Peace Corps Employer Spotlight Day

Peace Corps Employer Spotlight Day

  Start: February 21, 2017 at 10:00 am     End: February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm
 Location:JGB Hallway
The Peace Corps will have a table set up near the Student Center and welcomes anyone interested to stop by for information on job opportunities.

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12:00 pm - UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Enrique Arce

UTIG Brown Bag Talk: Enrique Arce

  Start: February 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm     End: February 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Eric Petersen, eric_petersen@utexas.edu
Informal weekly presentations by UTIG students, researchers. Bring your lunch!

11:00 pm - Stephen J. Reynolds: Brunchtime education seminar

Stephen J. Reynolds: Brunchtime education seminar

  Start: February 22, 2017 at 11:00 pm     End: February 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm
 Location:JGB4.102
 Contact:Elizabeth Catlos, ejcatlos@gmail.com, 5125682183
Cognition-guided instruction and curriculum in college science courses by Stephen J. Reynolds, Field geologist and author of innovative textbooks in introductory geology and structural geology

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1:00 pm - Weston Solutions Employer Spotlight Day

Weston Solutions Employer Spotlight Day

  Start: February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm     End: February 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm
 Location:Student Center
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
http://www.westonsolutions.com/

Weston Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned environmental management company serving federal, state and local government, and commercial/industrial clients. Our depth and breadth of experience spans a myriad of specialties, yet our core services can be broadly classified into two distinct areas: environmental services and infrastructure improvement.

4:00 pm - De Ford Lecture Series: Jocelyn Sessa

De Ford Lecture Series: Jocelyn Sessa

  Start: February 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm     End: February 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm
 Location:JGB2.324

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10:30 am - UTIG Seminar Series, Jim Fuller, Caltech

UTIG Seminar Series, Jim Fuller, Caltech

  Start: February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am     End: February 24, 2017 at 11:30 am
 Location:PRC ROC Room 1.603
 Contact:Anisa Abdulkader, aabdulkader@ig.utexas.edu, 512-471-0417

1:00 pm - Professional Geoscientist License Info Session

Professional Geoscientist License Info Session

  Start: February 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm     End: February 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm
 Location:JGB 2.102 A Student Center Conference Rm.
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
What is a PG license? Why do I need one? How do I get one?
This workshop will answer these and other questions for young geoscientists who are going into the ENVIRONMENTAL field, including HYDROGEOLOGY.

This license will be required by your employer when you get that first job with a consultant firm or the State of Texas agencies such as the TCEQ or TWDB.


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10:00 am - ConocoPhillips Employer Spotlight Day

ConocoPhillips Employer Spotlight Day

  Start: February 28, 2017 at 10:00 am     End: February 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm
 Location:JGB Hallway
ConocoPhillips will have a table set up near the Student Center and welcomes anyone interested to stop by for information on job opportunities.

     
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