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Elizabeth H. Keating

Elizabeth Keating

Phone (505) 500-7213


  • hydrogeology
  • carbon sequestration / risks to shallow aquifers
  • subsurface flow and transport modeling,
  • reactive-transport
  • optimization and uncertainty quantification methods


1995   Ph.D.  University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Geology and Geophysics.

1991   M.S.  Michigan Technological University. Geology, Geophysics, and Geological Engineering.

1988    M.S. University of Virginia. Environmental Sciences. 

1981    B.S. Duke University, Physics, Magna Cum Laude.


LANL Positions

Post-doctoral associate  1996-1998

Staff scientist  1998-present


Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union



2010 Editor's Choice Award, Water Resources Research

Educational outreach

Leadership Los Alamos lecturer, Northern New Mexico groundwater issues, 2010, 2011, 2012

Frontiers of Sciences lecturer (2003) "The Groundwaters of Northern New Mexico: Tracing the water we drink"

American Museum of Natural History (NYC) video exihibit on groundwater  (contributor) http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/rose-center-for-earth-and-space

"Agua es Vida" educational video on groundwater in New Mexico (contributor)

"Science Seekerers: Safe Groundwater", science curriculum for middle school (lead developer) http://www.journeyed.com/item/Tom+Snyder/Science+Seekers/850511  



Keating,  E.H., Newell D.L., Dempsey, D., Pawar, R., 2014.  Insights into interconnections between the shallow and deep systems from a natural CO2 reservoir near Springerville, Arizona, International Journal of Greenhouse Gases, 25: 162-172. _http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.03.009.

Dai, Zhenxue; Keating,  E.; Bacon,  D; Viswanathan; Stauffer, P; Jordan, A.; Pawar, R., 2014, Probabilistic evaluation of shallow groundwater resources at a hypothetical carbon sequestration site, Scientific Reports, 4, doi:10.1038/srep04006

Dempsey, David; Kelkar, S.; Pawar, R.; Keating, E.; Coblentz, D., 2014, Modeling caprock bending stresses and their potential for induced seismicity during CO2 injection. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 223-236. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.01.005

Han, W.S, McPherson, B.J., Lu, M. Keating, E.H., Moore, J.  2013. Characteristics of CO2-driven Cold-Water Geyser, Crystal Geyser in Utah: Experimental Observation and Mechanism Analyses.  Geofluids. 13(3):283-297. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12018

Keating,  E.H., Newell DL, Viswanathan H, Carey JW, Zyvoloski G, and Pawar R. 2012.  CO(2)/Brine Transport into Shallow Aquifers along Fault Zones. Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Jul 30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es301495x

Keating, E.H., Hakala, J.A., Viswanathan, H.,  Carey, J.W.,   Pawar R, Guthrie, G.D. 2012.   CO2 leakage impacts on shallow groundwater: Field-scale reactive-transport simulations informed by observations at a natural analog site.  Applied Geochemistry.  23 Aug http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.08.007

Viswanathan, H, Dai Z., Lopano, C., Keating E.H.,  Hakala, J.A., Scheckel, K.G., Zheng L. 2012. Developing a Robust Geochemical and Reactive Transport Model to Evaluate Possible Sources of Arsenic at the CO2 Sequestration Natural Analog Site in Chimayo, New Mexico.  International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 10:199–214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.06.007

Keating, E.H., Hakala, J.A., Viswanathan, H., Capo, R., Steward, B., Gerdiner, J., Guthrie, G., Carey, J.W., Fessenden, J., 2011.  The challenge of predicting groundwater quality impacts in a CO2 leakage scenario:  Results from field, laboratory, and modeling studies at a natural analog site in New Mexico, U.S.A.  Energy Procedia, Vol.4, p.3239-3245

Keating, E. H., J. Doherty, J. A. Vrugt, and Q. Kang,  2010, Optimization and uncertainty assessment of strongly nonlinear groundwater models with high parameter dimensionality, Water Resour. Res., 46, W10517, doi:10.1029/2009WR008584

Dai, Zhenxue, E. Keating, C. Gable, D. Levitt, J. Heikoop, A. Simmons, 2009, Stepwise inversion of a groundwater flow model with multi-scale observation data, Hydrogeology Journal, doi: 0.1007/s10040-009-0543-y

Keating, E. H., et al. 2010.  The impact of CO2 on shallow groundwater chemistry: observations at a natural analog site and implications for carbon sequestration. Environmental Earth Science. DOI 10.1007/s12665-009-0192-4

Keating, E.H., G.A. Zyvoloski, 2009.  A stable and efficient numerical algorithm for unconfined aquifer analysis.  Groundwater 47(4):569-579.

Hereford, AG, EH Keating, GD Guthrie, C Zhu, 2007.  Reactions and reaction rates in the regional aquifer beneath the Pajarito Plateau, north-central New Mexico, USA. Environmental Geology Vol.52(5): p.965-977

Keating, E.H., Robinson, B., Vesselinov, V.V., 2005.   Development and application of numerical models to estimate fluxes through the regional aquifer beneath the Pajarito Plateau., Vadose Zone Journal 4:653-671.

Keating, E. H., V. V. Vesselinov, et al. 2003. Coupling Basin- and Local-Scale Inverse Models of the Española Basin. Groundwater 41(2): 200-211.

Keating, E.H. and J.M. Bahr, 1998, Using reactive solutes to constrain groundwater flow models at a site in northern Wisconsin.  Water Resources Research, 34(12):3561-3571

Keating, E.H. and J.M. Bahr.  1998. Reactive transport modeling of redox geochemistry: aproaches to chemical disequilibrium and reaction rate estimation at a site in northern Wisconsin.  Water Resources Research, 34(12):3573-3584.