Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Fall 2014


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015


Copyright © 2015 James Cope


The purpose of this research is to identify the underlying cause of the atypical temperature oscillation of groundwater temperature within the Ashland-1 nesting well site. Groundwater in this area experiences temperature peaks within the 50-ft screened well, while temperature data from the 15-ft screened well experiences a lesser range of temperature fluctuation. The first phase of the project involves gathering data from these nesting wells can comparing that data to surface water temperature data taken from a USGS gauging station. The second phase was to associate these temperature oscillations with possible geological factors that could be driving this temperature fluctuation. The final phase involves reviewing the thermal data gathered to form a correlation between groundwater inputs by the thermal data gathered. . By identifying that the use of groundwater thermal data as a mean of determining groundwater inputs we will have created an additional means of assessing groundwater inputs.