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(Open to students from other schools)


The Hydrology program at NM Tech is pleased to offer a 2-week field camp, two-credit course designed to train students and professionals in cutting-edge field methods for the study and monitoring of groundwater and surface waters. Three- to five-day modules are co-taught by the regular faculty of the NM Tech Hydrology Program. These professors are leading researchers in fields such as deep basin geofluids, ecohydrology, karst aquifers, hydro-geophysics, aquifer mechanics, fluvial and groundwater systems, and hydrogeochemistry.

Based at NM Tech in Socorro, the camp will have activities at Valles Caldera National Preserve, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, and Kirtland Air Force Base, all in New Mexico.

The goal of our field camp is to provide a specialized, hands-on introduction to hydrological field methods. It is targeted toward graduate students and upper division undergraduates from any university, field practitioners, and regulators. Registration is open until full, with wait lists managed by the registrar. The hydrology field camp is scheduled to follow NM Tech’s traditional six-week  Geology Field Camp. The geology field camp is in no way a pre-requisite for the hydrology field camp, but students with specific interests in environmental geoscience may consider combining both.




Prospective Dates

The summer 2017 field camp runs from Thursday, July 6th to Wednesday, July 19th.




The cost is $1,939, which includes meals and housing for the two-week course, and two upper division undergraduate credits from the Earth and Environmental Science Department and NM Tech (see the course catalog). The course may be also taken for graduate credit at slightly higher tuition rate ($2,140 total costs). See Cost page for details. Grades are based on the quality of field data sets collected and of the analyses and reports written while in the field.




Aquifer Mechanics: Pump test and analysis at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge; Faculty: Dr. Mark Person.

Fluvial Hydrology: Stream gauging & flow resistance analysis at Valles Caldera National Preserve; Faculty: Dr. Dan Cadol

Stream-Aquifer Interactions:Hyporheic exchange analysis & Well field monitoring at Valles Caldera National Preserve; Faculty: Dr. Jesus Gomez-Velez

Aquifer Geochemistry: Spring Sampling near Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Dr. Andrew Luhmann

Shallow Geophysics: Resistivity survey and analysis near Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Drs. Andrew Luhmann & Lewis Land

Cave and Karst Systems: Carlsbad Caverns tour.


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For more information please contact field camp coordinator Dr. Daniel Cadol via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with questions or to begin the registration process.

For information on the New Mexico Tech Geology Field Camp visit

Created: ( Monday, 16 January 2017 10:06 )
Last Updated: ( Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:58 )
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