The Role of Computation in Protecting the Environment

Teachers participating in workshop

The Role of Computation in Protecting the Environment - Teacher and Student Workshop

On July 9, 2013, High school teachers and students, as well as undergraduates, were invited to attend “The Role of Computation in Protecting the Environment,” a one-day workshop co-sponsored by STORE.

The workshop featured engaging and interactive hands-on activities, many of which can be translated to the classroom and are tied to Texas and national curriculum and educational standards. Special opportunities were presented to participants, for example, examining subsurface cores at The Bureau of Economic Geology and Skyping with a researcher in the field.

Teachers and students had the opportunity to engage in discussions with university faculty and researchers on laboratory and field experiments, mathematical modeling and large-scale parallel computation as applied to the environmentally important carbon storage problem.

Build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), is a serious environmental problem facing the global community. One way to address this problem is to capture CO2from the exhaust of a power plant and inject it deep underground for storage in rock formations.

Teachers and students were able to explore the emerging interdisciplinary role of mathematics and computational science in the simulation and solution of the Grand Challenge of carbon sequestration during this one-day workshop held at The University of Texas (JJ Pickle) campus in Austin. A generous honorarium was provided to participants through the support of the National Science Foundation.

Other information:


Workshop flyer.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Bureau of Economic Geology

VR Room

The University of Texas at Austin

J.J. Pickle Research Campus

10100 Burnet Road

Austin, TX 78758

Phone: 512-471-1534

Administrative contact for the workshop:

Connie Baxter

Senior Administrative Associate

Center for Subsurface Modeling

Phone: 512-475-8625 Fax: 512-232-2445

To see a list of university researchers and faculty who participated in the workshop, click here.