This is the home page for the the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES). ARIES was formed to address the environmental impacts of the discovery, development, production, and use of energy resources in Appalachia, and is under the direction of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech.
ARIES has begun releasing a series of Research Bulletins, which reflect the result of research from ARIES projects and related work. Below is a link to the technical bulletins that are currently available.
ARIES Research Bulletins
ARIES, in cooperation with SME, sponsored a symposium in Charleston, West Virginia, April 14-18, 2013 to focus on environmental issues in energy production. The symposium link in the menu above gives several summaries of particular presentations from the symposium. The proceedings volume is available from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) at Environmental Considerations in Energy Production
The purpose of ARIES is to engage in detailed studies of the environmental impacts of the mining, gas, and energy sectors in Appalachia, focusing on both upstream (mining, drilling, and processing) and downstream (water, land, and air) issues. To meet that purpose, ARIES will conduct scientific inquiry and research, foster publication and contribute to the relevant literature, and engage in outreach efforts to share and disseminate results. Initially, work carried out by ARIES will focus on the coal mining industry.
The members of ARIES have undertaken a carefully-structured array of interrelated studies, currently divided into six primary focus areas:
For the third year of research, ARIES will operate under a different structure. More details to come soon.