Field Trip #7: Field Work on Active Faults in Houston (1-Day)

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Shuhab Khan

Shuhab Khan

Dr. Shuhab Khan of University of Houston (Remote Sensing) will present evidence of active growth faults in the Houston area. This one-day course (Sunday, September 20, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm) will include classroom lectures, as well as an outdoor field trip to see faulting on the surface. Departure from and return to the Hilton Americas. Dr Khan uses quantitative remote sensing and geophysical tools for tectonic studies. His research involves field observations, geomorphic and structural measurements, application of LiDAR, satellite radar interferometry (InSAR), GPS and geochemistry to a wide variety of Earth Science problems.

Maximum number of participants: 18 (4 Student spots)

Cost: $100 per person; $25 for students (includes transportation, lunch and refreshments, and guidebook)

The northern Gulf of Mexico is home to numerous faults and salt domes, and many of the faults are active. Several new techniques are used for quantitative assessment of movements along these active faults in Houston and its surrounding areas. These techniques include InSAR, LiDAR, terrestrial laser scanner, GPS, and subsurface data i.e., ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, resistivity, seismic and gravity. This field work will introduce current state of research on these faults and techniques. Trip will include visit to key locations of active fault scarps and monitoring sites (GPS and extensometer) on west side of the Houston. We will also acquire 3D point cloud data over faults using terrestrial laser scanner and geophysical data (GPR and EMI) at these locations.

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