We try to understand the role of groundwater in the hydrologic cycle by integrating measurement and simulation. This work is carried out in the field, the laboratory, and on computers. The Hydrogeology Program at CSULB is supported by the Bert and Ethel Conrey Endowment.
October 2014 - The Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program awarded CSULB a $505,000 grant to develop and test new hydraulic testing methods. These methods will be used to characterize flow connectivity in Geothermal fields, which is often a limiting factor in their efficiency. Dr. Becker is the sole PI with Silixa Inc. as the subcontractor. Silixa developed the fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing (iDAS) technology which will be used to sense pressure propagation through the formations. A more detailed summary can be found here.
Two Graduate Research Assistants will be hired to staff the project starting summer 2015. M.S. student applications for the project will be reviewed in January.