Research Site on Shavers Creek, PA

Our riparian hydrogeophysics project has been focused on two streams running through the drained bed of Lake Perez in central Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes from the Penn State campus.  The lake was drained about 4 years ago.  We have installed on these two reaches over 100 shallow and deep groundwater wells to monitor water table dynamics in response to precipitation events, etc.  We have also deployed fiber optic cables to monitor streambed temperatures along these reaches.

Coring 10 ft deep holes for installation of wells at Shavers Creek.

In mid-June we hired a geoprobe rig and operator to install ~40 deep wells (relatively deep – 10 ft) at the experimental reach on the main stem of Shavers Cr.  We were able to extract ~5 ft cores in this process and we have collected and cataloged those so that we can characterize the stratigraphy of the soils and sediments adjacent to this stream.

We had a lot of help getting this work done and we are very grateful to Erik, Erika, Zach, Emily, Colin, and Ryan for their time, effort, and patience!

Dr. Singha and Zach install fiber optic cable on the streambed to be used with a distributed temperature sensor system to monitor streambed temperatures every meter along the cable at high temporal frequency.

Adam grabs a core from the geoprobe operator and delivers it to our processing team who will label and secure it for transport back to the lab


About mgooseff

Associate professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.
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