Sizing Up Sinkholes: Science And Technology To Mitigate Karst Hazards
Date & Location
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 2 pm - 3 pm
SVC 201, Capitol Visitors Center
Sinkholes have engulfed entire homes, sewer systems, and eight classic cars from the National Corvette Museum. However, with the help of science and technology, communities are developing solutions to the challenges of living in areas prone to sinkholes. These areas, also known as karst landscapes, cover more than one-fifth of the United States and can pose risks to lives and property.
At this widely attended briefing, experts will address the following questions:
- How can we better understand our vulnerability to sinkholes?
- How can communities identify sinkhole risks?
- How can communities make informed planning, response, and mitigation decisions to ensure the safety of lives and property?
Moderator and Speakers
This briefing will be moderated by Dr. Mona Becker, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at McDaniel College and City Common Council Member of Westminter, Maryland
Our speakers include:
- Dr. Daniel Doctor, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey presentation
- Dr. Cathleen Jones, Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA presentation
- Dr. Jonathan Arthur, Florida State Geologist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection presentation
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Representative Suzan DelBene
American Geosciences Institute, American Geophysical Union, Association of American State Geologists
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