UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
GROUNDWATER RESEARCH GROUP
Research Facilities and Equipment
The groundwater research group is based on the Scarborough Campus but interacts strongly and effectively with the Department of Geology and Institute for Environmental Studies on the St. George Campus. The group has developed considerably in recent years and has become well equipped for a wide range of field and laboratory oriented research (Research Papers).
Field equipment includes:
* a 4-wheel drive Suburban truck;
* a Mineral Logging Systems (MLS) MX35 geophysical and fluid well logging system designed for geological, hydrogeological and mineral applications to a depth of 1000m (sondes include short and long normal E-logs, single point resistance, S.P., gamma, slim-line gamma, gamma-gamma, caliper, fluid temperature, and fluid resistivity); equipment is fully digitized and is supported with VIEWLOG software.
* a trailer-mounted power auger;
* soil augers flow meters;
* water level tapes, borehole samplers, pumps and sample filtration equipment;
* portable conductance, pH and specific ion meters;
pressure transducers and multi-channel data loggers;
laboratory research facilities include full access to TRACES the newest state-of-the-art analytical facility for use on the UTSC campus. It contains all the modern analytical instruments required for a leading edge chemical, biological and physical science department.
To support the research operation the group maintains a facility for numerical modelling and GIS analysis. The facility is fully equipped with scanners, digitizers and laser printers. The system is fully linked to the internet. Laptop computers are available for field work.
Most of the machines are Windows based and run a wide range of software including MS OFFICE PROFESSIONAL 2016, ADOBE ACROBAT XI, AISUWRS UGROW (includes standalone finite element groundwater flow model), DHI-WASY FEFLOW 6 FM3 (DHI-WASY), Visual MODFLOW Professional 2010.1 with SEAWAT4.0, AQTESOLV, ArcGIS 9.3, SWS AquaChem 5.1, SPSS Statistics 17.0, SWS Hydro GeoAnalyst 2010.1, DHI Mike-software.
Graduate students since 1990 include:
1988-92: Scott MacRitchie (M.Sc.) , Dept. Geology/I.E.S.
1988-93: Mark Jensen (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1989-92: Elizabeth Mullings (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1990-93: Steve Livingstone (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1990-91: Joe Arengi (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1991- : Richard Taylor (Ph.D.) . Dept. Geology.
1991-94 : Rick Gerber (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1991-94: Philip Smart (M.Sc.) . Dept. Geology.
1994-98: Rick Gerber (Ph.D.) Dept. Geology.
1998-00: Geoffrey Mowatt (M.Sc.) Dept. Geology.
2013: Ben Kapfenberger (MSc.) Primary Supervisor. Environmental Science UTS
2015: Munthir Al-Moslem (MSc.) Primary Supervisor. Environmental Science UTSC
2016: Natalie Semcesen (MSc.) Primary Supervisor. Environmental Science UTSC
2017: Chengcheng Li, (Ph.D.) China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) Co-Supervisor
2017: Qinshan Ma, (Ph.D.) Hohai University, Nanjing, China. Co-Supervisor.
2017: Lianghua Lu, (Ph.D.) Institute of Geology and Geophysics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Co-Supervisor. “Chemical modeling and the transport of chemicals in the subsurface.”