U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
KARST INTEREST GROUP PROCEEDINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 13-16, 2001
Eve L. Kuniansky, editor
U.S. Geological Survey
Water-Resources Investigations Report 01-4011
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The first U.S. Geological Survey, Karst Interest Group (KIG) Workshop
was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on February 12-16, 2001.Technical
sessions were conducted on February 13 and 14, and a field trip to local
area karst features took place on February 15, 2001. Scientists
and researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, universities, as well
as other Federal, state, and local agencies met to learn and discuss topical
subjects related to karst systems and hydrology. Among the
topics covered during this important first workshop were discussions about
the geologic framework and hydrogeologic characterization of karst; various
geophysical techniques used in karst landscapes; geochemical characteristics
of karst; the ecological role of karst wetlands and the various biological
communities typical of karst habitats; employing numerical modeling to
simulate flow as well as transport in karst; monitoring contaminant and
tracer movement in karst; and the protection and management of karst resources.
This workshop was particularly important because it formally established
the Karst Interest Group within the U.S. Geological Survey, and it represented
the first organized effort to provide scientists a forum to communicate
and share their experiences in studying and investigating karst systems.
We hope the workshop will serve as a springboard promoting future
collaboration among scientists and researchers to improve our understanding
of karst systems in the United States and its territories.
This proceedings volume is a compilation of abstracts and papers from
oral and poster presentations given at the workshop. The
last paper included in the volume is the field trip guide. The
papers contributed to these proceedings reflect the efforts of over 60
scientists working in karst systems.
The planning committee for the workshop would like to thank all those
authors who contributed to this proceedings volume, and to the technical
session moderators for their time and participation.
The planning committee would like to extend our appreciation to Bonnie
A. McGregor, Eastern Regional Director, U.S. Geological Survey, who sponsored
the workshop and this proceedings volume. Appreciation is
also extended to Wanda C. Meeks, Southeastern Regional Hydrologist, and
Lisa L. Robbins, Director of the Center for Coastal Geology, both of the
U.S. Geological Survey, for co-hosting the workshop. This
publication, which will serve as an excellent reference for all workshop
participants, is a direct result of their sponsorship and support.
Finally, the planning committee would like to thank the following individuals
for their assistance: Ann B. Tihansky, Tampa, Florida Subdistrict, U.S.
Geological Survey, who planned the karst field trip and supplied the artwork
for the KIG logo. Erica J. Heeg and Rita S. Bowker, St.
Petersburg Office, U.S. Geological Survey, who helped with registration
and meeting logistics
In Eve L. Kuniansky, editor, 2001, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings,
U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 13-16, 2001:
USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 01-4011
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