News and Announcements

The prize of our representative, Samira Ouysse

Samira Ouysse (National Council of Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, México) attended the International Symposium Ecology-2018, 19–23 June, in Kastamonu, Turkey. Her topic was on the study of ecosystems conservation, with the application of groundwater flow systems. The topic was quite new to participants and organizers and they appreciated it, therefore she was awarded as the Young Researcher of the Year. Her presentation’s title: Regional Paradigm for Studying Ecosystems Conservation in Baja California Peninsula (Central Desert Region). You can access a related paper here.

IAH2018 sessions, Daejeon, South Korea


The RGF Commission is organizing two sessions at the upcoming IAH Congress, 9–14 September 2018, Daejeon, South Korea.

The session entitled T2.6 Innovation in regional groundwater flow understanding.
The session attracts abstract related to theoretical or practical aspects of regional groundwater flow. The main focus is put on innovation which can be interpreted in relation to the applied approach or method or simulation technique, theoretical development. Moreover, we are waiting for abstracts demonstrating the practical application possibilities of regional groundwater flow concept in water management, mitigation of climate change or in the exploration of hydrocarbons, geothermal energy and ore deposits.

Furthermore, one whole topic is powered by our Commission, entitled T7 Advances in Karst and Fractured-rock Hydrogeology. Fractured and karstified rock aquifers show different characteristics than porous media, related to the heterogeneity and scale-dependency of hydraulic conductivity. Therefore, the investigation and simulation of flow and contaminant transport in these aquifers represent particular challenges in hydrogeology. Groundwater from these aquifers is a major freshwater resource for human consumption and ecosystems. Furthermore, the specific structure and properties of these hard-rock aquifers also affect the performance and safety of artificial underground facilities. This topic aims to discuss the recent advances in understanding groundwater flow and contaminant transport in karst and fractured-rock aquifers.

Conveners: Nico Goldscheider, Young-Jin Park, Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Sung-Hoon Ji

T7.1 Recent developments in karst hydrogeology
T7.2 Characterizing fractured rock aquifers
T7.3 Modeling of flow and transport in karst/fractured-rock aquifers
T7.4 The critical zone in karst system (Karst Institute of Geology CAGS, UNESCO-IGCP Special Session)
T7.5 Regional flow systems of deep carbonates – Geological agency, discharge features and practical
consequences (organized by the RGFC)
Understanding the flow conditions and permeability distribution of deep carbonate systems with unconfined
and confined segments are critical because these systems contain significant drinking and thermal water
resources, moreover, hydrocarbon reservoirs and MVT deposits. These areas can be suitable for CO2
sequestration as well. Contrary to this great need, the knowledge of these reservoirs is very limited due to
their depth and consequent high drilling and exploration costs. This session intends to foster and mediate the
scientific discussion about these carbonate systems regarding their flow characteristics, driving forces,
water type, the geological agency of flowing water and the practical application of this knowledge.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March.


Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2018

RGFC North American regional co-Chair John Molson, together with René Therrien of Université Laval, are co-chairing a proposed Special Session at the upcoming GSA, entitled Advances in the development and application of hydrogeological models. It will be co-sponsored by the GSA Karst Division.

The submission site will be open in April.