Wkshp Day/Date Times Instructor
1 Sat., 3/16 1–5 p.m. Whitmeyer
2 Sun., 3/17 9 a.m.–noon Tewksbury
3 Sun., 3/17 1–4 p.m. Tewksbury
4 Sun., 3/17 9 a.m.–noon Bradt
5 Sun., 3/17 1–4 p.m. Bradt
6 Sun., 3/17 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reeve
7 Sun., 3/17 8 a.m.–noon Wunsch
8 Sun., 3/17 1–4 p.m. Davis and Doner
9 Sat., 3/16 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Wilder et al.
10 Sat., 3/16
Sun., 3/17
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Stewart (ExMob)
Stewart (ExMob)

Field Trip and Short Course Only registrants are strongly encouraged to register early. Note: Field Trip or Short Course Only registration does not permit attendance to Technical Sessions or Exhibits. All presenters must register for the meeting.

Workshops & Short Courses

1. Building Google Earth Geologic Maps and Information Systems for Desktops, Laptops, and Mobile Devices.
Steven Whitmeyer, James Madison Univ.; Declan De Paor, Old Dominion Univ.
Sat., 16 March, 1–5 p.m.
Google Earth is used by many geoscientists as a “geo-browser” to study Earth features revealed by the Google Earth terrain model and imagery. Layers that come with Google Earth highlight features of special interest, but dedicated geoscience content is usually created by a small number of geoscientists who know how to program in KML, the language of virtual globes. This workshop will focus on new methods developed to help geoscientists create original content for Google Earth using familiar software, such as Web browsers, word processors, and image file collections. Case studies include (1) field mapping with mobile devices, such as Trimbles and iPads; (2) creating digital geologic maps with 3-D symbols, emergent cross sections, virtual specimens, etc.; (3) optimizing digital geologic map and information for use in the field; and (4) animating surface processes and tectonic motions. Finally, the design and dissemination of engaging lab exercises for geoscience undergraduates, including tours, a mapping game, and georamas will be discussed. Participants must bring their own laptops with Google Earth and Google SketchUp installed.
2. Introduction to LiDAR.
David Tewksbury, Hamilton College.
Sun., 17 March, 9 a.m.–noon.
What is LiDAR? How are LiDAR data collected? How can that data be used? This workshop will focus on Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) and its application to the geological sciences, including base maps, identification of geomorphic features, glacial/periglacial landforms, landslides, and coastal changes. The workshop will also include a brief discussion of how ALSM differs from Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS). Sources for both processed and raw LiDAR data will be examined.
3. Seeing the Ground beneath the Trees: Working with LiDAR Data in ArcGIS.
David Tewksbury, Hamilton College.
Sun., 17 March, 1–4 p.m. Limit: 15 participants.
This is a hands-on workshop working with LiDAR LAS files in ArcGIS 10.1. LAS data of the northern Crawford Notch area will be processed to create both Digital Surface Models (DSM), Digital Terrain Models (DTM) as well as intensity image. Sources for both processed and raw LiDAR data will be examined as well.
4. GIS on Pennies a Day: An Exploration of Free and Open Sources of GIS Software.
Shane Bradt, Univ. New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension.
Sun., 17 March, 9 a.m.–noon.
GIS can be a powerful tool for mapping, geographic analysis, and spatial database management. GIS software used to require a significant up-front investment, but you can now find many robust options for free and open source GIS software. Most of the tasks performed by a typical GIS user can be easily accomplished using these free software packages. Many free GIS software options also provide advanced analysis and editing tools, and require less computer overhead than their much more costly competitors. The first part of the session will provide an introduction to the terminology, technology, and uses of GIS, as well as a discussion of the wide range of free and open source GIS software currently available. The second half of the session will be dedicated to working hands-on with some of the best examples of free GIS software.
5. Mapping in an “App” World: the Power of Mapping with Your Phone.
Shane Bradt, University of New Hampshire.
Sun., 17 March, 1–4 p.m.
Discover the power of mapping with your phone! The creation and use of digital maps used to require an investment of thousands of dollars and require an equally significant investment of time. With the evolution of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, many people already have enough computing power in their pockets to view detailed maps on the go, and even to collect geographic data. The power of Internet-connected, location-aware mobile devices has already influenced our daily lives and will only continue to increase in importance for both work-related and personal use of mapping technology. This session will focus on the wide range of mobile apps dedicated to mapping and data collection, covering both the possibilities and limitations of this mapping approach, as well as providing some hands-on experimentation with several of the best options for mobile mapping.
6. Python Scripting for Earth Science Data Analysis.
Andrew Reeve, University of Maine.
Sun., 17 March, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Python is a freely available, powerful, interpreted scripting computer language that can be used to facilitate tedious data analysis tasks, produce stunning graphs, and rule your data world. This course will provide a basic introduction to Python, including overviews of using the language as an interactive calculator and producing basic stand-alone scripts for manipulating and modeling data.
7. Groundwater and Policy Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing in the Appalachian Plateau.
David R. Wunsch, Delaware Geological Survey.
Sun., 17 March, 8 a.m.–noon
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has captured the interest of the public, the press, and politicians nationwide. Fracking is a mature technology that has been used to enhance oil and gas production for decades, and it is an integral component of the technology used to extract natural gas from unconventional shale gas plays. This fracking process involves injecting water and a small percentage of chemical additives and sand at pressures that exceed lithostatic into geologic formations to mechanically induce fractures in a controlled manner. The resulting fractures are propped open by sand to enhance the recovery of oil and gas. Much of the concern regarding fracking involves the protection of potable groundwater resources that overlie the deeper gas-producing formations. This workshop will cover the history and operation of the fracking process, groundwater and surface water issues, the chemicals used, waste water disposal, microseismicity, and policy issues. This workshop has an eastern focus, so the hydrogeology and geochemistry of groundwater in the aquifers in the Appalachian Plateau, which overlie much of the Marcellus Shale, will be covered. The goal of this workshop is to present a balanced understanding of the complex technical, scientific, and policy issues related to fracking.
8. Demonstration: Field Techniques in Paleolimnology, Lake Carolyn Bog, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA.
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University; P. Thompson Davis, Bentley University.
Sunday, 17 Mar., 1–4 p.m.
Lake sediments have been used for more than 50 years to provide clues about past environmental changes on watershed to regional scales. Collection of these materials is relatively simple and can be done on a small budget. The resulting sediment samples are easy to handle and store, making them particularly useful for student research. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to, and training in, the collection of subaqueous sediment samples from ponds or lakes. Multiple coring technologies will be demonstrated, including collection and subsampling of the very loose, flocculent material often found at the sediment-water interface, with different types of surface corers, plus collection of multiple meters of sediment using a piston corer. This workshop will be conducted outside, so participants must be dressed for wet late-winter conditions.
9. K–12 Earth-Space Science Education in the 21st Century.
Lee Wilder, New Hampshire Geological Survey; Leslie McRobie, New Hampshire Science Teachers Association; Ray Pavlik, Concord-Carlisle High School.
Sat., 16 March, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
This all-day K–12 Educators Workshop will convene Saturday morning, March 16th, with a welcome coffee followed by a historic tour of the famous Mount Washington Hotel.  The morning sessions will include presentations by Dr. Peter Thompson (Univ. of NH) on the Geology of the Northeast and Dr. Woodrow Thompson (ME Geological Survey) on the Glacial Geology of New England.  The afternoon session will consist of a forum on innovative approaches and techniques to teaching Earth-Space science.  Keeping students focused is an ongoing challenge in today’s teaching environments.  Students, with often more technology skill than their teachers, need lessons, labs, and field experiences that “speak to them”.  This forum session will offer an assortment of oral and poster presentations that showcase proven techniques for doing this using the latest technologies, including Google Maps, Google Earth, GIS, iPads, Smartboards, electronic textbooks, virtual field trips, Earth as a System, and online courses and activities supporting the Core Standards of the Earth-Space Science curricula.  We encourage forum contributions from attendees that will address these and related themes that can be used in today’s classrooms.  This forum session will be followed by a Special K-12 Educators Social Hour (cash bar) and Banquet that will include a special presentation by Brian Fowler on “New Hampshire’s Old Man of The Mountain; Its Geology, History, and Memorial Plans." More information can be found at
10. Integrated Basin Analysis.
Lori Summa, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.; Bob Stewart, ExxonMobil Exploration Co.
Sat.–Sun., 16–17 March, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Limit: 30 participants.
This course will explore concepts, methods, and tools of petroleum geoscience used on a day-to-day basis in the energy industry. The focus is on how we make decisions with limited information, evaluate risk versus uncertainty, and maximize value from integrated teams. Day 1 reviews fundamental stratigraphic and structural concepts. Day 2 is an applied problem in basin exploration. Students will make play maps, bid on perspective acreage, and analyze individual prospects within that acreage. Throughout the course, we will stress integration across disciplines and scales, focusing on interaction and expression of basin formation, fill, and evolution processes from regional to prospect scale.


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