UNO gets help to research sea level rise
Groups affiliated with the oil and gas industry are helping the University of New Orleans research how rising sea levels affect Louisiana’s coast.
“The opportunity to use industry seismic data to image below the surface will significantly enhance our ability to understand processes that are occurring on the surface of the wetlands today, including relative sea level rise,” said Mark Kulp, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Coastal Research Laboratory.
The research funding, scholarship money and data comes from several companies and professional societies affiliated with the industry, according to UNO.
Schlumberger Limited, the world’s largest oilfield services company, donated 253 square miles of three-dimensional seismic data, covering Lake Borgne.
Geophysical Pursuit, Inc., a Houston-based data acquisition and licensing company, donated 382 linear miles of two-dimensional seismic data, covering Lake Pontchartrain. The data will be used for graduate level research projects to map geologic structures and sedimentary layers below the surface of the lakes. It will also be used to study the potential for active geologic fault movement as a cause of wetlands loss.
The seismic data was originally acquired from 1990-2002 for use in oil and gas exploration, at an estimated cost of $25 million.
New Orleans paleontological consulting company Paleo-Data, Inc. donated data that will be used in research projects to help determine the geological age of the sedimentary layers that are being mapped below the surface.
The Southeastern Geophysical Society gave $2,500 to the Coastal Research Lab to fund research projects that will use the seismic data.
The New Orleans chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists awarded two $1,250 scholarships to graduate students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to support their seismic research.
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