News and Announcements

6th International Water Forum Conference
Hammamet, Tunisia, 19-21 March 2018

IWFC is a bi-annual scientific international conference concentrating on the understanding of the water sources, groundwater functioning, water resources, engineering, management, and technology. This conference encourages the participation of experts and scholars in the corresponding fields. IWFC-2018 will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia, during March 19-21th, 2018. The conference aims to provide a platform for experts, professionals, researchers, students as well as decision makers in related areas to share updated information and to stimulate a scientific discussion and an environmentally orientated communication among participants.

RGFC organizes a session and a meeting entitled Application of flow systems in the MENA Region.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2017  

Registration deadline: 15 January 2018 

You can find more information here.

Dedicated sessions at EGU General Assembly 2017

The RGF Commission is also co-organizing a session at the EGU General Assembly, 8–13 April 2018, Vienna, entitled HS8.2.4 Groundwater flow understanding in water management: Environmental problems and potential interactions with subsurface water ecosystems.

The session aims to bring together scientists studying different aspects related to groundwater circulation and management. Understanding of gravitational groundwater flow requires knowledge of the prevailing flow system from the local to a regional scale. Moreover, problems connected to groundwater management underline the importance of sustainable development of groundwater. The understanding of deep groundwater flow is challenging, as the characterization of large flow systems is difficult due to limited data, especially in the intermediate zone between shallow aquifers and deep anthropogenic activities. Therefore, the combined use of hydraulic, geochemical, geophysical and microbiological characterizations is required to understand the functioning and effects of deep flow on shallow subsurface ecosystems. In this context, the session intends to analyze issues connected to groundwater management and its protection from qualitative and quantitative degradation (e.g. overexploitation, climate change and its consequences on groundwater, and groundwater contamination …) in the context of groundwater flow understanding. Papers related to methods of defining groundwater flow, preventing, controlling and mitigating negative environmental impacts related to groundwater are also welcome. This session is supported by RGFC and seems to be very promising because received 52 abstracts.

Convenor: Jim LaMoreaux, co-convenors: Daniela Ducci, Manuela Lasagna, Xiao-Wei Jiang, René Lefebvre, Luc Aquilina, Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Christine Rivard, Chrystel Dezayes, Alexis Defresne.

For further details visit this site.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Educational lecture about groundwaters

Ádám Tóth, our Secretary, had an educational lecture about groundwater fundamentals and state of groundwater in Hungary. The presentation was titled Groundwaters in Hungary and held at the Focus on Water summer school (9-22 August, Budapest) which was attended by 20 Japanese and 15 Hungarian students. The basic theory of groundwater flow was outlined and consequences of flowing groundwater, such as geothermal energy, landslides, speleogenesis, vegetation, were presented via Hungarian case studies. The lecture was followed by a cave walk in the Szemlő-hegy cave where the hypogenic speleogenesis caused by hot water could be seen on the field.

Farvolden prize

The Robert N. Farvolden Award is used to honour outstanding contributions to the disciplines of earth
science and engineering that emphasize the role or importance of groundwater. In 2016, our active Commission Member, René Lefebvre received the prize. He has his Farvolden Award acceptance speech in October at the IAH-Canada meeting, which will be on regional groundwater resources management.

Congratulations to René!

Commission evaluation by David Kreamer, the new IAH Vice President for Science and Programme

The Commission received the following letter from the new IAH Vice President for Science and Programme, David Kreamer. He acknowledged the activity of the RGFC and also the scientific value of our publications and hoped to continue this work in the future.

“As a new fellow at this job, I reviewed your 2012- 2015 CRGF Annual Reports which are posted on the IAH website, and have read and greatly admired many of your publications in the past. I also saw your independent CRGF-IAH website link to the main IAH website, which is really very good and well illustrated. It is a really great website and quite informative. … your work and efforts have been world class for many years – thanks! I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of your individual publications on groundwater flow, and know that your individual work is outstanding. I’m aware that you have put much effort into integrating many groups working together on similar issues, and I’m particularly pleased to see all of your educational and outreach efforts, and your upcoming conference this June in Calgary. You and your colleagues have put significant energy into this Commission and I would like to offer my assistance in any way to ensure that you keep going strong, are reaching other scientists and decision makers, and advancing your fundamental objectives.”

RGFC representatives in the new IAH Council

The Council of IAH, appointed by election by the full membership every four years, is the Association’s governing body.  Our current Council was elected at the General Assembly in Montpellier, France in September 2016.

Two of our active RGFC representatives are now members of the IAH Council:

Joanne Thompson – Vice President, North America

Carlos Molano – Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean

The Commission wishes them a great success in the IAH Council.

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Plans for a book titled „Theoretical and practical developments in regional groundwater flow”

In the General Meeting, it was decided to initiate the edition of the so-called CRC „blue” book on the topic of „Theoretical and practical developments in regional groundwater flow”. The Editor in Chief of Hydrogeology Journal, Dr. Cliff Voss offered the possibility of a (half-)issue of Hydrogeology Journal for papers dealing with regional groundwater flow in 2019.