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 also have 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.
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.