Hydrogeolgical processes


Groundwater constitutes 98% of the accessible freshwater resources, and plays a critical role in the hydrological cycle. However, traditional hydrogeology focused mainly on flow and transport phenomena in the subsurface. The interactions between groundwater, surface water, the role of vegetation or soil remain poorly understood. These interactions and feedback mechanisms have to be explored and quantified in order to protect our water resources and the ecosystems that depend on them. New and innovative measurement and modelling techniques developed and employed in my research group play a pivotal role in this exciting field.

Context and research orientation

The sustainable management of groundwater resources requires a detailed understanding of the functioning of the utilized aquifers. Appropriate methods for the acquisition of field data are an indispensible basis for the establishment of sound conceptual models of aquifers, which can serve as a basis to establish groundwater resources management plans or vulnerability maps.
In parallel, the applied hydrogeology group is carrying out numerous studies on the functioning of groundwater flow systems under semi-arid conditions. The research includes studies to assess available groundwater resources in view of installation of new wells, the realization of tracer tests and studies to optimize the use of available groundwater resources to meet growing needs for irrigation and drinking water use.

Head of Group

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September 7 - 10, 2015

PEST Parameter ESTimation, Calibration and Quantification of Predictive Uncertainty

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May 8, 2015

Darcy Lecture (Aula C46, 16h-20h)

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3rd - 5th of April 2013

3rd International HydroGeoSphere User Conference

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13th of September 2012

IMP Collaboration between UniNE and NCGRT Australia

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