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April 2012


The Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology (TCCS) convened the first of its biannual meetings at the Bureau’s Houston Research Center on March 22nd and 23rd. Associate Director Eric Potter welcomed more than 50 geophysicists from industry partners and academe to the conference. Sergey Fomel presided over the meeting and presentation of more than 20 technical talks that ranged from full-waveform modeling to diffraction imaging and full-waveform inversion. Sergey presented two of the talks: “Review of Wave Extrapolation by Lowrank Approximation” and “Regularized Nonstationary Autoregression and Spectral Decomposition.” Other members of the Bureau presenting included Yihua Cai, Alexander Klokov, Karl Schleicher, Salah Al-hadab, Vladimir Bashkardin, Xiaolei Song, Siwei Li,  and Shaunak Ghosh.



Bureau Research Scientist Bill Ambrose presented "Ejecta Distribution and Relative Ages of the Imbrium, Serenitatis, and Crisium Basins" at the 43rd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), which was held at the Woodlands during the week of March 18 - 23. Bill's talk, part of the LPSC session on lunar chronology, demonstrates that ejecta features from the Imbrium Basin are more widespread than previously mapped, resulting in the need for reinterpreting the age of lunar terrains where Imbrium ejecta overlap the Serenitatis Basin to the east. The region, outlying the east margin of the Sea of Serenity, remains an area of continuing interest among those exploring the Moon's formative events. Astronaut/Geologist Harrison Schmitt conducted a surface study and collected numerous rock samples during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, America's last manned lunar landing. Bill's PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here.


During February, Bureau researchers Jeff Paine, Tiffany Caudle, Ruth Costley, and Aaron Averett acquired 3D airborne lidar data along the entire Texas Gulf shoreline. This survey is the last of three annual surveys conducted by the Bureau for the Shoreline Change and Beach/Dune Morphodynamics along the Gulf Coast Project, which is funded by the General Land Office (GLO) as part of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). Collaborators include pilots flying aircraft from TxDOT Flight Services, ground-station GPS operators from the National Geodetic Survey and Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M—Corpus Christi, and GPS specialists/geodesists from TxDOT's Information Technology Division. Data acquired during the three annual surveys are being used to update long-term shoreline-change rates, assess storm susceptibility, monitor recovery from storms such as Hurricane Ike, and quantify positional and volumetric changes over time. Final results of the project will be available at project completion in June 2013.


BEGStore
The Bureau is pleased to announce the opening of its new online storefront. Known simply as BEGstore, the new site at http://begstore.beg.utexas.edu provides Bureau customers an improved online shopping experience for the entire catalog of Bureau publications and products.

In addition to a cart-based user interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate, BEGstore features a comprehensive search engine for finding any of the more than 1,800 items now available. The site also provides full customer support for two types of simple and secure checkout, plus complete transaction information. In addition, BEGstore will enable purchase of downloadable digital documents, including out-of-print publications and digital maps. The new storefront supports Interdepartmental transfers (IDTs) within the UT-Austin system, as well as traditional pay-by-check transactions.

The new BEGstore replaces the Bureau's existing UT TXShop site, although the older TXShop storefront will temporarily remain active as a convenience to our customers.


from left to right: Scott W. Tinker, William A. Ambrose, David L. Carr, and Tucker F. Hentz
The Bureau recognized its leading authors Thursday, April 12, at the Annual Publication Awards dinner. This year's winners of the Bureau's grand prize, the Tinker Family Publication of the Year Award, were William A. Ambrose, Tucker F. Hentz, David L. Carr, and Jeff Sprowl for their BEG Report of Investigations: Sequence Stratigraphy, Depositional Systems, and Hydrocarbon Play Analysis of the Pennsylvanian Cleveland Formation and Marmaton Group, Anadarko Basin, North Texas and Western Oklahoma. Recognition for the Landmark Publication of 2011 went to Michael R. Hudec and Martin P. A. Jackson for The Salt Mine: A Digital Atlas of Salt Tectonics. Also recognized for their achievements in publishing during 2011 were Andras Fall, Peter Flaig, Sergey Fomel, Qilong Fu, Ursula Hammes, Bob Hardage, John Hooker, Xavier Janson, Farzam Javadpour, Bob Loucks, Jiemin Lu, Kitty Milliken, Zahra Mohammadi, Lorena Moscardelli, Maria Nikolinakou, Chris Ogiesoba, Diana Sava, Julia Schneider, Alex Sun, Tobias Weisenberger, Jaclyn Wiggins-Camacho, Brad Wolaver, Xianli Xu, Khandaker Zahid, Hongliu Zeng, and Xiaodong Zhang.
from left to right: Scott W. Tinker, Martin P.A. Jackson, and Michael R. Hudec
 

 

 
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