University of Colorado Boulder http://aspenpublicradio.org en Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/wastewater-wells-drilling-can-cause-earthquakes <p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Drilling for oil and gas brings up a lot of water. If operators don’t reuse it for something else, they often pump it back down into the ground. The water goes down in what are called &nbsp;injection wells-- <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6192/13.summary" target="_blank">and new research shows they can definitely cause earthquakes</a>, <a href="http://newsok.com/earthquakes#.U719ho1dW3k" target="_blank">at least in Oklahoma</a>. Geology Professor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Shemin Ge </span>is <span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked on the study, and spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. Ge says it took different kinds of scientists working together to figure out what’s going on.</span></span></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:41:04 +0000 Elise Thatcher 21303 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/lasers-help-scientists-get-detailed-picture-wests-snowpack <p></p><p>Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:23:44 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13907 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack