Denise J. Hills

Denise J. Hills
Geological Survey of Alabama · Energy Investigations

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April 2006 - present
Geological Survey of Alabama
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Publications (46)
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This article is composed of three independent commentaries about the state of Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) principles (Goldman, et al., 2021b, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EO153180) in Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) and includes discussion on the opportunities and challenges of adopting them. Each commentary focuses on...
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The Enabling FAIR Data project has brought together a broad spectrum of Earth, space, and environmental science leaders to ensure that data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.
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Are you engaged in rigorous science? If so, ask your elected representatives to fund it robustly and predictably and to oppose policies that impede scientific progress.
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A dynamic geologist with a knack for organizing people, he served as state geologist in three different states and pioneered global efforts to develop cyberinfrastructure for the Earth sciences.
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Moscone South-Poster Hall Physical samples are integral to much of the research conducted by geoscientists. The samples used in this research are often obtained at significant cost and represent an important investment for future research. However, making information about samples-whether considered data or metadata-available for researchers to ena...
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With the increased desire for North American energy independence, there has been a recent increase in interest in assessment of unconventional resources in the United States, including oil sands. To that end, the Alabama Oil Sands Program (AOSP) has been established at the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) and the Alabama State Oil and Gas Board (...
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Subsurface geologic storage of CO2 (i.e., sequestration) can play a major role in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions in a manner that is safe, economical, and acceptable to the public. With an estimated 40% of U.S. anthropogenic CO2emissions generated in the southeast, and a large proportion of these emissions are generated within 100 km of the co...
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The Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) has been collecting and storing geological samples since its founding in 1848. As more information is being pushed online and into the cloud, the GSA is working to make our geological samples, numbering in the tens of thousands, more discoverable through sample registration. Preparing the sample metadata for r...
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Data do not exist in a vacuum. To be useful, data must be accompanied by context on how they are captured, processed, analyzed, and validated and other information that enables interpretation and use.
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Science data collection and documentation practices have changed radically over the last several hundred years, most importantly since the advent of the digital age. Data centers, as repositories for that science data, only had their genesis in the early twentieth century, yet have in excess of 50 years experience managing digital science data. In...
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Adopting standards for data and metadata collection is necessary for success of data rescue and preservation initiatives. Physical sample data and metadata rescue and preservation can be particularly challenging in that much of the available information may not be readily digitized or machine-readable. Making the legacy data rescue and preservation...
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Devonian to Mississippian shales of the Ouachita and Appalachian orogenic belts produce natural gas at isolated locations across the southern midcontinent region and southern Appalachians. The shales are known by different names in different geographic regions; Barnett in northern Texas, Woodford in southern Oklahoma, Fayetteville in Arkansas, and...
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Data preservation, including updating legacy data records, is usually a secondary concern for researchers and policy makers. It is the belief that there will be time at some other point to take care of the little details such as verifying records. Some agencies maintain internal standards, while others have a more ad hoc approach, depending on indi...
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State Geological Surveys in the U.S., in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, have thousands of databases, directories, and 85,000+ geologic maps that collectively constitute a national geoscience data “backbone” for research and practical applications. Much of this data has been at-risk in its current format or is difficult to access. The...
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The Data Stewardship Committee (DSC) within the Earth Science Information Partners’ (ESIP) Federation helped in part to develop the emerging Provenance and Context Content Standard (PCCS). The focus of PCCS is on the “what” that needs to be preserved, rather than the “how.” The input to the development of the PCCS has been based on ESIP members’ ex...
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The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. With nearly 1000 members worldwide; AWG represents a wide range of disciplines and career paths in the geosciences including...
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State Geological Surveys in the U.S., in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey, have thousands of databases, directories, and 85,000 geologic maps that collectively constitute a national geoscience data “backbone” for research and practical applications. Much of this data has been at-risk in its current format or difficult to access. Organize...
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The Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) has been providing data to the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), which was organized by the Association of American State Geologists with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of NGDS is to make large quantities of geothermal-relevant geoscience data available to the public by creating a n...
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In the fall of 2009, the Tuscaloosa City School System opened Tuscaloosa Magnet School - Elementary (TMSE). TMSE draws students from across the city and serves a population where over 60% receive free or reduced lunch. The instruction at TMSE centers on a project-based learning model, a process by which students develop interest-based questions tha...
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The Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) is expanding its efforts to collect, develop, maintain, and analyze statewide geothermal data and to make this information widely and easily accessible to the public through the National Geothermal Data System. The online availability of this data will aid in the effective development of geothermal energy appl...
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The Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) is expanding its efforts to collect, develop, maintain, and analyze statewide geothermal data and to make this information widely and easily accessible to the public through the National Geothermal Data System. The online availability of this data will aid in the effective development of geothermal energy appl...
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For large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) injection and storage, saline formations offer vast storage capacity, often in multiple geologic formations, or multiple storage reservoir horizons within a single formation. Challenges for characterizing CO2 storage reservoirs in specific saline formations may include limited subsurface data, unproven geologic...
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As part of Phase III of Southeastern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), Task 15 (Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Storage of CO2), the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA) has investigated the offshore potential for carbon sequestration in Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle in State and Federal waters. The prim...
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CO2 pilot injection studies, with site-specific geologic assessment and engineering reservoir design, can be instrumental for demonstrating both incremental enhanced oil recovery and permanent geologic storage of greenhouse gases. The purpose of this paper is to present the geologic and reservoir analyses in support of a field pilot test that will...
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The Citronelle Dome is a giant salt-cored anticline in the eastern Mississippi Interior Salt Basin of south Alabama. The dome forms an elliptical structural closure containing multiple opportunities for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and large-capacity saline reservoir CO2 sequestration. The Citronelle Oil Field, which is on the crest of the dome, has...
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The Citronelle Dome is a giant salt-cored anticline in the eastern Mississippi Interior Salt Basin of south Alabama. The dome forms an elliptical structural closure containing multiple opportunities for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and large-capacity saline reservoir CO2 sequestration. The Citronelle Oil Field, which is on the crest of the dome, has...
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Multi-channel seismic imaging reveals the seismic stratigraphy and associated sedimentary processes of the Frontal Hawaiian Moat (FHM) to the southeast of the island of Hawaii. Two sedimentary units are defined: (1) a basal layer of pelagic sediment draping the oceanic basement and (2) a wedge of volcaniclastic material infilling the FHM and onlapp...
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Recent analysis of marine multichannel seismic reflection data collected across the south flank of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii has confirmed that the distal flank records significant accretion and deformation of volcaniclastic strata, building a broad and laterally extensive midslope bench [Morgan et al., 2000]. Further examination of adjacent reflecti...
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The Nankai Trough "Muroto Transect" has been extensively studied, with 3 Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) legs (Legs 131, 190, and 196), numerous multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection surveys, including a 3D survey in 1999, and several refraction studies. As ODP sites only provide point measurements of structure and physical properties, it is necessary...
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A large, intermittently active, submarine landslide known as the Hilina slump has been interpreted along the south flank of Kilauea volcano. Seaward-dipping faults on land mark its headwall, and an offshore bench may define its uplifted toe. Geodetic data show that the entire south flank is also moving seaward, by a process referred to as volcanic...
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Prior to Leg 190 drilling, we conducted a three-dimensional seismic reflection survey across the central Nankai Trough south of Shikoku Is- land. These new data helped establish the regional structural setting of the Leg 190 drill sites. Seaward of the trench axis, buried basement to- pography of the Kinan Seamount chain is imaged as a broad ridge...
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Bishop Museum developed the "X-treme Science: Exploring Oceans, Volcanoes, and Outer Space" museum exhibit in conjunction with NASA as part of their goal to increase educational outreach. A key element of the exhibit was the inclusion of real scientists describing what they do, and fostering the interaction between scientists and students. Highligh...

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