25 Septembre 2016

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

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


The French Chapter of the IAH, in scientific partnership with the International Hydrological Program of UNESCO, is honored to host the 43rd IAH Annual Congress, in Montpellier, France, from September 25th to 29th 2015. The event is designed to strengthen synergies between the worlds of research and teaching, of local to national and international authorities, public services and agencies, of consultants and industrials, involved in the groundwater and water issues. The spirit of the Congress is summarized in its theme “Groundwater and Society, 60 years of IAH”, that will largely embrace the past and future contributions of the hydrogeologists for our changing world.

Main Topics

TOPIC1 - WHICH ROLE DO AND MAY HYDROGEOLOGISTS PLAY IN OUR SOCIETIES? How did the hydrogeologists’ (HG) role evolve in the civil society since 1956? Which is the HGs’ contribution of to regulation? Which technical elements must be provided by HGs to build public decisions? How may 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 the economic development and population livelyhood. The role of the IAH early career hydrogeologists network for 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 FOR THE FUTURE: EDUCATION AND TRAINING Establishing new competences, preserving existing expertises. New teaching and training methodologies: webminars, MOOCs… 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, considering present and future economic uses, ecosystem services and future generations? Which economic instruments and institutions to ensure efficient and equitable groundwater allocation? How to integrate hydrogeological and economic models to design groundwater management plans? Which new models for successful Groundwater User’s Associations? How to 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 ON WATER CYCLE Groundwater/SurfaceWater, an integrated view. Artificial recharge of aquifers, Underground dams. Waste water reuse and Groundwater. Drinking water supply in Karst and Active Management of Groundwater.

TOPIC 7 - GROUNDWATER USES. MANAGING GROUNDWATER USES CONFLICTS 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 storages. Mining, tunnels