Measuring impacts, finding potential
This interdisciplinary cluster of researchers from across Ohio State University and their partners in other institutions seek workable solutions to energy and environmental issues surrounding shale energy development, including water use, ecological impacts, soil/sediment movement and air quality.
The research cluster is one of three groups awarded a 2012 Environmental Sciences Network seed grant to pursue major funding for their ideas.
Led by Ohio Water Resources Center Associate Director Zuzana Bohrerova, the Shale Environmental Management Research Cluster uses sustainability science and engineering approaches to address diverse environmental management issues related to all aspects of shale energy development. The investigators seek to develop technologies and techniques for measuring and minimizing environmental impact--from reducing water needs to smart sensing and treatment to modified drill-pad construction.
Specific research thrusts include:
- Management of water and wastes: developing treatment methods; innovative technologies for reuse and/or energy harvesting; life cycle analysis and water resource management
- Landscape sustainability: developing remedial technologies; creating waste containment systems and strategies; working with regulatory agencies and industry to determine best practices for access road and drill pad siting/layout
- Diagnosis of ecosystem health: implementing robust baseline environmental monitoring of shale energy development sites and surroundings; developing tools for analysis and creating diagnostic signatures; assessing human and ecological risk
Link to Shale Environmental Cluster group in our Network Directory.
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