Professor Emeritus (Ph.D. University of Utah, 2006) -- coastal processes and flooding hazards of Great Salt Lake, regional geography (North America), physical geography, geographic education

genevieveAtwood

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Interests / Description

My entire career has been spent on the interface of science and public policy. As a scientist I have six years experience with industry, eight years with government, fifteen years with not-for-profits, and about twenty years in academia. In public service, I have six years legislative experience as a Utah state legislator, eight years as an agency head, many years experience on policy and advisory boards, and the difficult-to-quantify experience of local/state/national, non-partisan and partisan political campaigns. My primary interests as a physical geographer are (a) to quantify effects of coastal processes of closedbasin lakes and (b) to better understand what is meant by a “sense of place” including how to communicate Earth science concepts to teachers, policy makers, and laypeople. As a geomorphologist, I am fascinated by landform surfaces of Utah’s physiographic provinces as evidence of geomorphic processes of global-glacial and global-interglacial climate.

Education:

  • B.A. 1968, History, Bryn Mawr College
  • M.A. 1973, Geology, Wesleyan University (Connecticut). 
  • M.P.A. Political Science, University of Utah, 1991
  • Ph.D. 2006, Geography, University of Utah

Courses Taught

  • GEOG5810 / 6810 Field seminar: Analysis of Utah Landforms.
  • GEOG3600 Geography of Utah
  • GEOG3330. Urban Environmental Geography.
  • GEOG393 / 593 GPS - GIS

Publications:

  • Atwood, M.G., 1972. Geology of the Minas de Oro quadrangle, Honduras, Central America, unpublished Masters thesis Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 88 p.
  • Atwood, M.G., G.S. Horne, and A.P. King, 1973. The Esquias Formation of Central Honduras: a redefinition, prepared for the IV Reunion de Geologos de America Central, Managua, Nicaragua, presented in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1976.
  • Atwood, G., 1973. Feasibility of returning underground coal mine waste to the mined-out areas, in Need for National Policy for the Use of Underground Space, proceedings of the Engineering Foundation Conference, June 25-29, 1973, American Society of Civil Engineers, p.181-185.
  • Horne, G.S., M.G. Atwood, and A.P. King, 1974. Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleoenvironment of Esquias Formation of Honduras, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 58, no. 2, p. 176-188.
  • Atwood, M.G., 1974. The technical and economic feasibility of underground disposal systems, Proceedings of the first symposium on mine and preparation plant refuse disposal, Coal and the Environment Techniques Conference, Louisville, KY, p. 147-160.
  • Atwood, G., 1975. The strip-mining of western coal, Scientific American, v. 233, no. 6, p. 23-29. Atwood, M.G., 1976. Mapa geologico de Minas de Oro, Honduras, Instituto Geografico Nacional Hoja 2760 III G, Tegucigalpa, scale 1:50,000.
  • Atwood, G., 1976. Surface and underground disposal of coal mine wastes, Part I, Underground Space, v. 1, p. 111-121.
  • Atwood, G., 1977. The geologic and hydrologic conditions at inactive uranium mill tailings sites, abstract, in Y.S. Kim (ed.) Uranium Mining Technology, proceedings of the First Conference on Uranium Mining Technology, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, section xx.
  • Atwood, G., 1977. Surface and underground disposal of coal mine wastes, Part II, Underground Space, v. 1, p. 261-281.
  • Atwood, G., 1978. Getting into politics, Harvard Political Review, v. 6, no. 4, p. 28-29.
  • Atwood, G., 1979. The strip-mining of western coal, in Energy: readings from Scientific American, W.H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco, p. 55-61; and in Energy and Environment: readings from Scientific American, W.H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco, p. 157-163.
  • Atwood, G., 1980. Effective communications with state legislators, Mining Congress Journal, v. 66, no. 7, p. 25 & 57.
  • Currey, D.R., G. Atwood, and D.R. Mabey, 1984. Major levels of Great Salt Lake and Lake Bonneville, Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Map 73, scale 1:750,000.
  • Kockleman, W. and G. Atwood, 1984. Earthquake hazard information needed by planners and decisionmakers, introduction and special session, in W.W. Hays and P.L. Gori (ed.) Proceedings of Conference XXVI: a workshop on “Evaluation of regional and urban earthquake hazards and risk in Utah”, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 84-763, p. 606-615.
  • Eldredge, S.N. and G. Atwood, 1985. UGMS involvement with Paradox Basin repository siting: a review of UGMS activities associated with the Department of Energy’s efforts to evaluate areas within the Paradox Basin as suitable for a high level nuclear waste repository, Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Report of Investigation no. 202, 81 p.
  • Atwood, G., L. Tempest, G. Johnson, and J. Olson, 1987. Development and implementation of improved loss-reduction measures in Utah, in W.W. Hays and P.L. Gori (ed.) Proceedings of Conference XXXVIII: a workshop on “Earthquake hazards along the Wasatch Front, Utah”, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 87-154 p. 87-94.
  • Atwood, G., and D.R. Mabey, 1988. Reducing earthquake risk in Utah: past trends and future opportunities, in P.L. Gori and W.W. Hays (ed.) Assessment of regional earthquake hazards and risk along the Wasatch Front, Utah, v. III, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-680 v. III, p. S-1-38.
  • Currey, D.R., M.S. Berry, G.E. Douglass, J.A. Merola, S.B. Murchison, M.K. Ridd, G. Atwood, B.G. Bills, and J.R. Lambrechts, 1988. The highest Holocene stage of Great Salt Lake, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 20, p. 411.
  • Atwood, G., M. Noonan, W.F. Case, and D.R. Mabey, 1988. Earthquake response strategies for UGMS and the earth-science community, Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Open-File Report 115, 33p.
  • Eldredge, S.N. and G. Atwood, 1989. Geologic issues involved in siting a high-level nuclear waste repository, Utah, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and Washington, in G.E. Cordy (ed.), Geology and Hydrology of Hazardouswaste, Mining-waste, Waste-waters, and Repository sites in Utah, symposium and field conference, Utah Geological Association Publication 17, p. 203-208.
  • Madsen, G.E., L.R. Anderson, J.H. Barnes, and G. Atwood, 1990. Public perceptions of the implementation of earthquake mitigation policies along the Wasatch Front in Utah, in P.L Gori (ed.), Assessment of regional earthquake hazards and risk along the Wasatch Front, Utah, v. IV, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 90-225, p. CC-1-17.
  • Arabasz, W.J. and G. Atwood, 1990. Introduction, background information, and perspectives, in W.J Arabasz (ed.), Earthquake Instrumentation for Utah, report and recommendations of the Utah Policy Panel on Earthquake Instrumentation, Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Open-File Report 168, p. 1-19.
  • Doelling, H.H, G.C. Willis, M.E. Jensen, S. Hecker, W.F. Case, and J.S. Hand with contributions by F.D. Davis, R.H. Klauk, J.W. Gwynn, C.E. Bishop and G. Atwood, 1990. Geologic Map of Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah, 1990. Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Map 127, scale 1:24,000, text 27 p.
  • Atwood, G., and W.W. Hays, 1991. Is Utah ready to take action to reduce its earthquake risk? in W.A. Arabasz (ed.), A Guide to Reducing Losses From Future Earthquakes in Utah, “Consensus Document”, Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Miscellaneous Publication 91-1, p. 1-2.
  • Lund, W.R., G. E. Christenson, K.M. Harty, S. Hecker, G. Atwood, W.F. Case, H.E. Gill, J.W. Gwynn, R.H. Klauk, D.R. Mabey, W.E. Mulvey, D.A. Sprinkel, B.T. Tripp, B.D. Black, and C.V. Nelson, 1990. Geology of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America, Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, v. XXVII p. 391-478; also printed as Atwood, G., D.R. Mabey, and W.R. Lund, 1991. The Great Salt Lake; a hazardous neighbor, in W.R. Lund (ed.) Engineering Geology of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, Utah, Utah Geological Survey Bulletin 126, p. 54-58.
  • Atwood, G., 1981-1989. From the Director’s Corner, contributions to Utah Geological and Mineral Survey quarterly publication, Survey Notes:
    • 1981, v. 15, no. 3 New director looks at UGMS
    • 1981, v. 15, no. 4 The UGMS and Project BOLD
    • 1982, v. 16, no. 1 Coal versus buffalo in the Henry Mountains
    • 1982, v. 16, no. 2 Paradox Basin proposed nuclear waste repository
    • 1982, v. 16, no. 3 UGMS Site Investigation Section
    • 1982, v. 16, no. 4 Legislative update 1983, v. 17, no. 1 Utah Geological and Mineral Survey Board
    • 1983, v. 17, no. 2 UGMS responds to disasters 1983, v. 17, no. 4 Preparing for the events of 1984
    • 1984, v. 18, no. 1 Great Salt Lake... geologic hazard and resource
    • 1984, v. 18, no. 2 UGMS needs sound geologic information
    • 1984, v. 18, no. 3 Priorities for geologic investigations in Utah
    • 1985, v. 18, no. 4 Earthquake hazard mitigation
    • 1985, v. 19, no. 1 Who’s mapping what in Utah
    • 1985, v. 19, no. 2 UGMS and Governor Bangerter’s “second E”
    • 1985, v. 19, no. 3 Sand and gravel - a surprisingly scarce resource
    • 1986, v. 20, no. 1 UGMS helps identify and mitigate geologic hazards
    • 1986, v. 20, no. 2 How high will Great Salt Lake rise?
    • 1986, v. 20, no. 3 The mining industry of Utah, role of the UGMS
    • 1986, v. 20, no. 4 Two Utah geologists
    • 1987, v. 21, no. 1 Lessons learned from the events of 1983-86
    • 1987, v. 21, no. 2-3 COGEOMAP
    • 1987, v. 21, no. 4 UGMS sample library
    • 1988, v. 22, no. 1-2 Status of the UGMS, 1988
    • 1988, v. 22, no. 3 Earthquake hazard - Wasatch Front
    • 1988, v. 22, no. 4 Radon hazard
    • 1989, v. 23, no. 1 UGMS geologic mapping program
    • 1989, v. 23, no. 2 Final “from the director” contribution
  • Atwood, G., 1994. Geomorphology applied to flooding problems of closed-basin lakes... specifically Great Salt Lake, Utah, Geomorphology, v. 10, Geomorphology and Natural Hazards, 25th Binghamton Symposium in Geomorphology, p.197-219.
  • Atwood, G., 1994. Contributions: Geology of Utah; Lake Bonneville; Thistle; in AK Powell (ed.), Utah History Encyclopedia, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT. Available at: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/UHEindex.html#gtitles
  • Atwood, G. and D.R. Mabey, 1995. Flooding hazards associated with Great Salt Lake, in W.R. Lund, ed., Environmental and Engineering Geology of the Wasatch Front, Utah Geological Association Publication 24.
  • Chan, M.A., S. Halgedahl, G. Atwood, and P. Wilson, 1997, Women Who Walk Through Time, video produced by KUED Media Solutions; sponsored by National Science Foundation grant to Chan, Halgedahl, and Wilson (HRD 96-25566).
  • Milligan, M.R., D.R. Lemons, G. Atwood, and D.R. Currey, 1998, Modern lacustrine environments, Lake Bonneville – Great Salt Lake, Northern Utah, 1998 AAPG Annual Convention, SLC, Utah, Field Trip #3, May 14 – 16, 1998, 102 p.
  • Atwood, G., and D.R. Mabey, 2000. Shorelines of Antelope Island as evidence of fluctuations of the level of Great Salt Lake, in J.K. King and G.C. Willis (ed.), The Geology of Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah, Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 00-1, p. 85-97.
  • Atwood, G. and T.J. Cova, 2000. Using GIS and linear referencing to analyze the 1980s shorelines of Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA, 4th International Conference on Integrating GIS and Environmental Modeling (GIS/EM4): problems, prospects, and research needs, Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 2 – 8, 2000.
  • Atwood, G., 2002. Storm-related flooding hazards, coastal processes, and shoreline evidence of Great Salt Lake, in J.W. Gwynn (ed.) Great Salt Lake: an overview of change, DNR Special Publication, Utah Geological Survey, p. 43 – 53.
  • Atwood, G. and M.A. Mabey, 2002. Linear referencing and GIS used to display multiple shoreline characteristics by reducing spatial complexity, abstract for poster session in GSA abstracts with programs, Science at the highest level, Denver 2002, #88-11.
  • Chan, M.A., G. Atwood, and D.R. Currey, 2002. Geoantiquities: opportunities for urban geoscience education, abstract in GSA Abstracts with programs, Science at the highest level, Denver 2002, #40-5.
  • Atwood, G., 2003. Columnar display of multiple attributes of linear features using ArcGIS, in ESRI 2003 User Conference Proceedings, paper presented at the 23rd Annual ESRI International User Conference, July 7-11, 2003, 29 p., http:// proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc03/p0974.pdf
  • Atwood, G., A. Felton, and M.A. Chan, 2004. Teacher workshops using geoantiquities: case history of modern Great Salt Lake and Pleistocene Lake Bonneville shorelines, Utah, Journal of Geoscience Education, vol 52, no 5, p. 438-444
  • Atwood, G., 2005. Lakes of the Bonneville Basin, abstract in GSA Abstracts with programs, Salt Lake City Annual Meeting, paper # 64-1, Pardee Invited Symposium, The Wasatch Range – Great Salt Lake Hydroclimatic System. Recording available: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/recordingredirect.cgi/id/56
  • Atwood, G., 2005, Boulder beaches of Great Salt Lake, Utah, U.S.A.: evidence of lake elevation and shorezone processes, abstract in program of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City.
  • Atwood, G., and M.A. Chan, 2005. Great Salt Lake shorelines: geoantiquities of scientific and societal value, abstract in 2005 Annual Meeting Abstracts, The Association of American Geographers, p. 24.
  • Godsey, H.S., G. Atwood, E. Lips, D.M. Miller, M. Milligan, and C.G. Oviatt, 2005. Don R. Currey Memorial Field Trip to the shores of Pleistocene Lake Bonneville, GSA Field Guide 6: Interior Western United States, Geological Society of America, vol 6, pp. 419-448.
  • Atwood, G., 2006. Shoreline Superelevation: evidence of coastal processes of Great Salt Lake, University of Utah, doctoral dissertation, 231 p.
  • Atwood, G., 2006. Shoreline Superelevation: evidence of coastal processes of Great Salt Lake, Utah Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Publication 06-9, CD, paper copy and digital data, http://ugspub.nr.utah.gov/publications/misc_pubs/ Mp-06-9_Superelevation.pdf
  • Atwood, G., 2006. Gunnison Bay: present terminus of the Great Salt Lake drainage basin and naturally low area of the Bonneville Basin, in KM Harty and DE Tabet (eds.) Geology of Northwestern Utah, UGA Guidebook 34.
  • Atwood, G, 2008. Landforms of fetch-limited saline lakes as evidence of storm-wind direction and strength (abstract); in Program of the 10th International Conference on Salt Lake Research and 2008 Friends of Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, May 11-16, 2008.
  • Atwood, G., 2009. Landforms of fetch-limited saline lakes as evidence of storm-wind direction and strength, in Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 15, Article 13. Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol15/iss1/13,
  • Atwood, G., 2010, Environmental Impacts of Cities, in B. Warf, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, Sage Publications, Inc, (incomplete citation).