ESIP (Federation for Earth Science Information Partners)

Piloting the OSDU platform for inter-state geological survey data management for synthetic 3D mapping initiative
This project will evaluate the efficacy of the OSDU data platform and determine whether or not the OSDU is a suitable candidate for enterprise data management for the IGWS and the energy, stratigraphy, and other data siloes.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson


Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)

Quake Cottage/NEHRP 10
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon


Indiana Finance Authority

Central Indiana Water Study Hydrologic Monitoring
Water resource planning requires data related to long-term trends in watershed and aquifer water-budget parameters including precipitation, evapotranspiration (ET, combined loss of water from land surface owing to evaporation and plant transpiration), and groundwater-level fluctuations during both dry and wet periods. The IWBN quantifies these parameters to support data-driven water-resource planning that considers the range of historic hydrologic conditions and regional trends that may arise from a changing climate.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani


Indiana University

2022 Indiana Master Naturalist
This project aims to pilot a new Indiana Master Naturalist program in Monroe County. The 10-week course will be taught in the new IGWS Learning Lab and allow the Survey to expand its adult-oriented programming by connecting natural resource organizations with non-traditional users.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
Acquisition of Control Points Throughout Indiana for Accurate Calibration of the Tromino Geophone
Our objective is to create a data base which will contain the frequencies for depth to bedrock throughout the state of Indiana. This would allow researchers to be able to properly create calibration curves that are specific to the region where research is being conducted. This would facilitate more accurate interpretations of data collected using the Tromino during research conducted by the survey. Data could be accessible by academic and/or industry researchers as a service provided by IGWS.
Primary Contact: Don Tripp
Distance Learning
The objective is to create a series of distance learning webinars that will connect Indiana teachers and students to geoscience careers and research.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
E-GeoNews 2022-2023
E-GeoNews, the newsletter of the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, exists to inform people about the work and accomplishments of the Survey. It also announces events that are of interest to people interested in geology.
Primary Contact: Sara Clifford
Eppley Institute - Monroe County Park Maps
Provide updated maps and analysis for Eppley report and for the county.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Fall 2022 exhibit
The Fall 2022 exhibition will be centered around the Pleistocene ice age. A physical exhibit will be developed in the IGWS lobby and a coordinating 150-ft geologic timeline will be installed in the Learning Lab. Complementary in-person and digital programming will be developed to extend the exhibition's reach and impact. UITS 3D will create a 3D Matterport scan of the Learning Lab, which will be linked on the IGWS website. The Ice Age exhibition will coordinate with the 2023 annual calendar and the new Indiana state fossil.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
FY22 Traveling Discovery Trunks
Provide themed traveling discovery trunks that the general public (teachers, scout leaders, outreach groups) can loan for 2 weeks from the IGWS. Each trunk will contain real specimens and/or replicas, a curriculum guide, and assorted support materials.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
Geoheritage
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
IGS Geospatial Portal
The Survey needs a central enterprise data store that users across all divisions of the organization can access and update. Project data will be collected centrally and can be used (and updated) in future projects. This continually improving data set will not only make work easier within the Survey, but can be used as a product for external use as well.
Primary Contact: Ben Romlein
IGWS ResourceSpace DAMS Content Curation and System Refinement
Addition of metadata to collections ingested into RS, digital curation and ingest of IGWS materials, alterations and refinements of elements of RS system.
Primary Contact: Will Knauth
IGWS STATEMAP Products Spreadsheet/Database
This task focuses on creating and maintaining a spreadsheet/database that contains information for all the STATEMAP maps and map-related documents that the IGWS has completed and/or submitted to the USGS since 1993. The spreadsheet/database will contain the following information for each map or map-related product: the year that the project was initiated, the name of the mapped area, the map scale, the amount of federal and state dollars contributed to the product, designation of each map as a bedrock or surficial map, the IGWS publication number, the availability of the product from the IGWS Bookstore, the correct citation for the IGWS published and unpublished documents, and the USGS STATEMAP grant number. Using the spreadsheet/database, an updated interactive map will be created to showcase the mapping efforts in the state. This map (located on the STATEMAP webpage) will provide links to published STATEMAP products for the public; another version will provide links to both published and unpublished STATEMAP products for the IGWS staff. The data could also be used to either update the Data Collection Viewer or create a new application, the IGWS Data Hub, to showcase all survey work. A second phase to the project could be to create a StoryMap.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Indiana Geological Survey Geologic Names Information System
The database will facilitate labeling stratigraphic data in IGWS digital and paper archives, aid IGWS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide web-based access to IGWS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller
Indiana Journal of Earth Sciences - Volume 4
Primary Contact: Sara Clifford
Indiana Limestone Photo Collection - University of Michigan School of Information Student Digital Curation Project
Have a subsection of the ILPC in Resource Space by the conclusion of the project with all currently extant metadata description attached. As well as to add depth to metadata descriptions for greater accessibility and utility. Generate effective workflows to guide similar work in the future.
Primary Contact: Will Knauth
Learning Lab
This project will serve as an example for hands-on learning with collections on the IU campus.
Primary Contact: Polly Sturgeon
Locating and characterizing important springs of the Indiana Uplands
Scour publication archives for historical spring data dating back to 1901; visit 100 springs to sample water quality and compare these results to available historical data; use these data to develop and make available a geospatial database of springs; and develop a crowdsourcing geospatial tool to acquire information on springs and engage residents in communities throughout SWCI.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam
National Water Quality Leadership & Partnerships
To build partnerships throughout the state of Indiana that would support the development of unified educational program centered around water quality, drinking water, and actions for improvement.
Primary Contact: Ginger Davis
Open Access Publications: RS/Bookstore/IUSW
To process IGWS publications for accessibility and ensure an accurate asset entry and retrieval option is in place for all Open Access Pubs. This will be accomplished in three repository locations, ResourceSpace, IUScholarWorks, and the IGWS bookstore; with all relevant data stored in IU secured cold data storage.
Primary Contact: Will Knauth
PDMS Fix 2022-2024
The main objective of this project is to merge all of the records by removing the "Records Cornucopia" and adding all of the scanned documents to their correct location in the "Reports" and "Log Info" sections of the PDMS. The method for obtaining records in the future may also be changed so that the PDMS can be maintained more easily.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
PDMS Maintenance 2022
The long-term goal is to populate the PDMS with current and historical data for petroleum wells and fields in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
Peoria Loess Chronology and Provenance
This project will determine the provenance and chronology of deposition of Peoria Loess during the last glacial period in central Indiana.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
Solid Biomass Energy
1) Create/improve the method of petrographic quality assessment for wider range of solid biomass products (including intermediate crops, crop by-products, grass, and other agricultural waste). 2) Expand our research expertise into growing biomass technologies like gasification (holzgas), torrefaction (biomass suitable for co-firing in coal-fired power plants), and anaerobic digestion (production of a methane-rich biogas from wet biomass sources). 3) Investigate relationships between raw fuel composition and the properties of their combustion and gasification emissions with a focus on parameters that could be used to predict the environmental and health impacts of fuel use. 4) Promote the idea of including petrographic analysis in solid biomass quality assurance testing and product certification with manuscripts, and presentations. 5) Expand collaboration with international universities and industry. 6) Create an "umbrella" center.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
The Indiana Water Balance Network
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN) was developed to monitor trends in water loss and gain for different components of the hydrologic cycle in various hydrogeologic settings.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani
The Indiana Water Balance Network - 2
The Indiana Water Balance Network (IWBN) was developed to to monitor long-term trends for various components of the hydrologic cycle, including near-surface atmospheric conditions, soil physical parameters, and groundwater level.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani
Uplands Drinking Water: Formative research with stakeholders to support reliable, safe, and affordable water
We will systematically gather the perspectives of professional stakeholders who are involved in managing the region’s drinking water, to pinpoint actions towards ensuring access to reliable, safe, and affordable drinking water for the Indiana Uplands. The project will focus particular attention on these aspects of the region’s drinking water: 1)Characterizing the current landscape of drinking water sources in the Uplands. This will include estimating the population having access to a regulated community water supply, and the population relying on unregulated sources (private wells, cisterns, ponds, other). 2)Enumerating the key concerns of professional stakeholders about the reliability, safety, palatability, and affordability of drinking water, and the main challenges they describe for regulated, community water systems and unregulated water systems. 3)Eliciting these stakeholders’ observations of local people’s drinking water consumption (or lack thereof) in their service regions. 4)Identifying and building consensus around needed updates to southern Indiana’s water infrastructure, including outlining potential options for greening this infrastructure (e.g., by decreasing energy used to produce and process water).
Primary Contact: Ginger Davis


National Science Foundation

Collaborative: A multiple-technique approach for deconvolving tropical cyclone effects on Late Quaternary geomorphic change in arid southwestern North America.
The project will perform: 1) A spatial identification and morphological, pedological (in collaboration with DRI), and sedimentological characterization of alluvial fan units in the Vizcaino and Colorado subregions of the Sonoran Desert. 2) develop a chronology of the identified alluvial fan units. 3) compare the Late Pleistocene chronology to other paleoclimate proxies and in particular to the record in Antinao et al (2016). 4) compare the Holocene chronology to a paleotempestological record on the Pacific coast (to be developed by this project through collaboration with LSU).
Primary Contact: Jose Luis Antinao
Integration of Central Baja California Research Activities
The goal of this IGWS project is to consolidate activities and results from research by the PI and his students at multiple institutions, in a manner that results are efficiently shared with main PIs from the grants explained above. The goal is to take advantage of synergies via sharing ideas, data, collaborating in the field and in laboratory activities.
Primary Contact: Jose Luis Antinao


Synoptic Data PBC d.b.a The National Mesonet Program

National Mesonet Program
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani


U.S. Department of Energy

Carbon Ore, Rare Earth and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative for U.S., Basins
The overall objective of this project is to assess availability of coal/coal waste/coal combustion products/AMD in Indiana that could potentially serve as sources of REE.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Producibility
This project is comprised of two tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; and (2) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. For task 1, for the next 3 years, we intend to investigate links between porosity and permeability and ultimately producibility of hydrocarbons from shale. For task 2 we will study mechanisms of catalysis in shales. So far, the mechanism of geocatalytic shale gas generation remains elusive.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Assessment of geologic and hydrogeologic properties of formations within the Indiana portion of the Illinois Basin for geologic energy storage
The objective of this project is to work with the United States Geological Survey to identify available data that can be applied to research related to geologic energy storage in the Indiana portion of the Illinois Basin. Additionally, data gaps will be identified for future projects to address.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani
Data Preservation: Priority 2 –Strategic planning for data preservation related to coal-coal waste-coal combustion products chain in Indiana
The objective of this project is to develop a strategy for data preservation related to the coal/coal waste/coal combustion products/AMD chain, including both the existing data and also data that will be acquired in the future.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Earth MRI - Pennsylvanian paleosols
The objectives are to establish understanding of the variations of REE and other trace lelements in paleosols and identifiy those zones that could be considered a potential resource.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Expanding the Indiana Geological and Water Survey’s contribution to the NGWMN
Groundwater-elevation data are collected primarily to determine how groundwater levels are changing over time. The data from sites with continuous/high-frequency water-level records are also used to assess groundwater-recharge dynamics for various hydrogeologic settings.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani
Expanding the Indiana Geological and Water Survey’s contribution to the NGWMN
Groundwater-elevation data are collected primarily to determine how groundwater levels are changing over time. The data from sites with continuous/high-frequency water-level records are also used to assess groundwater-recharge dynamics for various hydrogeologic settings.
Primary Contact: Babak Shabani
FY2022 USGS NGGDPP: IGWS FAIR Data Initiative 2022 – Records Center and Server Salvage
• Purchase 5,000 Hollinger boxes and label sleeves to store records on new high-density shelving • Inventory and rehouse 693.4 LF of petroleum industry records • Merge, reduce, and rehouse 101.3 LF of duplicated gamma log records • Organize, describe, and ingest into ResourceSpace 26,000 core photographs and interpreted X-ray fluorescence data pdfs • Update National Digital Catalog records (NDC)
Primary Contact: Jennifer Lanman
Geomorphology, Stratigraphy and Chronology of the Flatwoods area, south-central Indiana
The objectives of this study are to compile existing stratigraphic, mineralogic, and geophysical data and couple this with new data collection (passive seismic, deep coring, and geochronology) in order to reconstruct the Quaternary geologic history of the Flatwoods area.
Primary Contact: Henry Loope
StateMap 2021 Program
Create new maps that include: 1) bedrock mapping in the southern half of the Bedford quadrangle in south-central Indiana, 2) bedrock mapping in northern half of the Madison, Falmouth, and Louisville quadrangles in southeast Indiana, and 3) unconsolidated mapping of ice-marginal sediments between the cities of Jasper and Washington in south-central Indiana
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson
StateMap 2022 Program
Create new maps that include: 1) Quaternary mapping of the Bloomington 100k quadrangle 2) Bedrock mapping of the Jasper and Indiana portion of Tell City 100k quadrangle maps 3) Bedrock mapping of the Princeton and Indiana portions of adjacent 100k quadrangle maps Data updates: 1) Updated NGMDB entries with new URLs, citations, etc. Stratigraphy: 1)Formalizing a Late Pleistocene stratigraphy for northern Indiana
Primary Contact: Matthew Johnson