Three APU researchers from the Institute of Culture and Environment – Associate Professor of Geology Amanda King, Emeritus Professor Jim Brown, and MSES graduate James Meyers – recently published their work on the hydrogeology of Eklutna Basin in the Journal of Hydrology. Eklutna Lake is the primary water supply for the city of Anchorage. With shrinking glaciers and a changing climate facing Alaska, there is uncertainty surrounding the future of this resource.
As part of his Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) thesis, James Meyers measured the hydraulic conductivity of soils of the Eklutna watershed. Understanding the hydraulic conductivity of soils is important because it provides a measure of how fast and how much water will reach Eklutna Lake. There were no previous measurements of hydraulic conductivity in this area, making this paper a significant contribution to the scientific community. You can read the abstract here.
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