Topics and Sessions
Groundwater Management and Governance: Coping with Water Scarcity
Groundwater assessment and management
Groundwater and climate change
Countries from temperate zones of the Earth, such as Western Mediterranean countries of both Southern Europe and North Africa, are expected to experience impacts on the sustainability, quantity, quality, and management of water resources. Future scenarios forecast the decline in streamflow reducing reservoir storage for population supply. In this context, groundwater becomes an increasingly strategic resource to meet water demand from urban areas and agriculture.
Within this topic will be the meeting of the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change (IAH-CGCC).
Groundwater sustainability and governance
Major changes are ongoing in population growth, human migration, and land use, increasing the stress on the available quantity and quality of water resources. Water demand is increasing particularly in regions where it is already scarce, both for human and agricultural uses. It is important to analyze the sustainability of groundwater use around the world, and especially of some of the largest aquifers in the world. At the current pace, aquifers on which millions of people depend could be depleted in the near future. Can we move from groundwater mining into groundwater usage of renewable resources?
Within this topic will be organized a session on Groundwater and water security in developing countries (Burdon Groundwater Network for International Development).
Groundwater footprint and virtual water
Tools, methods and models to study groundwater
This topic will be open to the broad spectrum of methodologies and models conventionally applied in Hydrogeology (hydrogeological mapping, hydrodynamic, hydrochemistry, isotopes, tracers, etc.), but particularly to the most innovative ones and to new trends in modelling.
Within this topic several sessions will be organized:
- 5.1. Dynamic Analogues
- 5.2. High island hydrogeology
- 5.3. Advanced modelling tools for subsurface hydrology: from the vadose zone to deep environments
- 5.4. Innovative approaches for understanding groundwater flow systems
Groundwater, wetlands and natural heritage
Most wetlands, particularly the permanent ones, are groundwater dependent. They are fragile ecosystems that can be located in the recharge or in the discharge areas of aquifers (some can be located in an intermediate position). To recognize the relationship between wetlands and groundwater is crucial for their adequate management and the preservation of the natural heritage to which they belong.
Within this topic will be organized a session on Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs).
Groundwater quality and pollution processes
Groundwater usage, once available, very often depends on its quality. Groundwater quality is greatly modified by the geologic substratum, but also it is threatened by human-induced pressures and the appareance of emerging chemicals. Therefore, appropiate groundwater protection and remediation strategies (in case of polluted waters) must be applied for preserving present and future human health and its well-being.
Groundwater and socio-economic development in Latin-America
Under this heading it is proposed to organize an Ibero-American mini-symposium, specifically targeted to Iberian and Latin-American participants, concerning on topics like mining activities, groundwater monitoring and assessment, socio-economic impact of groundwater.
English is the official language of the Congress but, in this session, the use of Spanish for oral presentations is permitted. In any case the text of the slides must be written always in English.
Groundwater forms a pivotal resource for future cities worldwide, for water, energy, flood mitigation, integrated surface-ground water management, and low carbon, equitable and sustainable cities. All abstracts on presentation of new scientific understanding of key processes of urban groundwater resources, contamination impacts and opportunities, are welcomed, as well as interdisciplinary presentations on urban planning, groundwater management and use.