2016 September 25

43rd IAH International Congress "Groundwater and society: 60 years of IAH"

International Association of Hydrogeologists 43rd Congress. Groundwater and Society: 60 years of IAH. Montpellier, France, 25-29 September, 2016


The French Chapter of the IAH, in scientific partnership with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, is honoured to host the 43rd IAH Annual Congress in Montpellier, France, from 25 to 29 September 2016. The event is designed to strengthen synergies between the worlds of research and teaching, local, national and international authorities, public services and agencies, consultants and industrialists, involved in groundwater and water issues. The spirit of the Congress is summarized by its theme “Groundwater and Society, 60 years of IAH”, that will broadly cover past and future contributions of hydrogeologists to our changing world.
Main Topics

TOPIC 1 - WHAT ROLE DO AND CAN HYDROGEOLOGISTS PLAY IN OUR SOCIETIES? How has the role of hydrogeologists (HG) evolved in civil society since 1956? What contribution do HGs make to regulation? What technical elements must be provided by HGs to inform public decisions? How can HGs contribute to participative approaches? The role of the HGs in terms of popularization and communication.

TOPIC 2 - HYDROGEOLOGY(ISTS) AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  The role of groundwater in economic development and the livelihood of populations. The role of the IAH network for early-career hydrogeologists in economic development. The emergence of young skilled hydrogeologists in developing countries. Groundwater and development in semi-arid countries. Thermal and Mineral Water, and local economic development.

TOPIC 3 - HYDROGEOLOGISTS OF THE FUTURE: EDUCATION AND TRAINING Establishing new skills, preserving existing know-how. New teaching and training methodologies: webinars, MOOCs, etc. Data banking and sharing in hydrogeology, open data, interoperability, crowdsourcing. From scientists to the public, and from the public to scientists.

TOPIC 4 - GROUNDWATER ECONOMICS What is the economic value of groundwater in its competing uses? How can groundwater allocation be optimized, in view of current and future economic uses, ecosystem services and future generations? Which economic instruments and institutions can ensure efficient and equitable groundwater allocation? How can we integrate hydrogeological and economic models when designing groundwater management plans? Which new models should be used for successful Groundwater User Associations? How can we engage rural communities in the design of long-term sustainable groundwater management plans?

TOPIC 5 - GROUNDWATER AND GLOBAL & CLIMATE CHANGE Impact of climate change and global change on GW. Hydrogeological mitigation and remediation of Climate Change. CO2 storage in aquifers.

TOPIC 6 - ACTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE WATER CYCLE Groundwater/SurfaceWater, an integrated view. Artificial recharge of aquifers. Underground dams. Waste water re-use and Groundwater. Drinking water supply in Karst and Active Management of Groundwater.

TOPIC 7 - GROUNDWATER USES. MANAGING CONFLICTS IN GROUNDWATER USE Groundwater and health, point source and non-point-source contaminations. Emerging contaminants. GW and agriculture. Urban hydrogeology, non-collective sanitation. Groundwater remediation. Groundwater and energy. Underground storage. Mining, tunnels