Center for experimental study of subsurface environmental processes



Amy Katherine Rice

Amy Katherine Rice

Doctoral Student

Education

Research Description

I am interested in subsurface flow and transport and the fate of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs), especially in arid regions. VOCs can form persistent sources in the subsurface, which can contaminate groundwater or intrude up through the ground surface into buildings. VOC transport is a part of research pursuits including landmine detection, CO2 capture and storage, and climate change modeling. Currently, I am studying trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor transport across the land/atmospheric interface by performing controlled experiments under transient conditions of soil moisture, temperature and using this data to test existing theories and iterate between experiment data and numerical models. My goal is to update conceptual models of shallow subsurface vapor transport to include conditionally significant transport processes and inform placement of mobile sensors and/or networks.

Publications and Presentations

  • In preparation: Oostrom, M., Rice, A.K., Wietsma, T.W., and Truex, M.J. Carbon tetrachloride mass flux across the water table: Intermediate-scale experiments and numerical simulations.
  • In preparation: Scheibe, T.D., Murphy, E.M., Tartakovsky, A.M., Rice, A.K., Ramanathan, R., Chen, X., Carroll, K.C., and Battiato, I. MAP: An Analysis Platform for Multiscale Hydrogeologic Modeling with Emphasis on Hybrid Multiscale Methods.
  • Rice, Amy Katherine. Predicting Hydraulic Response: Comparison of Textural and Response Clustering Approaches to Soil Classification. Master’s Thesis. ProQuest/UMI. March 2010.
  • Rice, Amy. Optimal Sensor Location: Comparison of Soil Textural Classification and Response Clustering Approaches. National Ground Water Association Annual Summit. April, 2009.
  • Rice, Amy. Predicting Hydraulic Response: Comparison of Textural and Response Clustering Approaches to Soil Classification. University of Arizona Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources Annual Hydrology Research Symposium, “El Dia del Agua.” March 2009.

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