CO2 Sequestration

Coastal Studies


Energy and Environment

Geologic Mapping

Groundwater Contaminants

Groundwater Resources

Near-Surface Geophysics

Remote Sensing:
Lidar and Imagery

Vadose Zone

TCEQ Water Supply Studies



Research Programs

Industrial Associates

Fossil Energy

Worldwide Research

The diverse Geoscience and Environmental studies group conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in groundwater resources, vadose-zone hydrology, coastal studies, near-surface geophysics, and geologic mapping. We are also developing additional programs that relate energy and the environment, including our major initiative in sequestration of greenhouse gases. The group investigates characteristics and processes of shallow Earth systems and impacts of human activities on those systems. Many of our projects address the needs of State and Federal agencies in Texas, although we conduct research in other states and in Latin America as well. Through the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, we collaborate with the Department of Geological Sciences, the Institute for Geophysics, and other groups, such as the Center for Space Research, the Section of Integrative Biology in the School of Biological Sciences, and the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics. We also have an active outreach program for communicating and disseminating to the public scientific results of our research projects.

The Bureau owns and operates an airborne laser terrain mapping system (lidar) and a ground-based system, which provide unique opportunities for conducting research requiring lidar data. Our projects are well supported by appropriate hardware and advanced software for data analysis and modeling, and we apply related technologies in GIS, GPS, and remote sensing.


For more information, please contact Ian Duncan, Associate Director for Earth and Environmental Systems. Telephone 512-471-5117 or e-mail