Conference
9-12 September 2019
Academic Hall
ULiege
Liege
Belgium

10th International Groundwater Quality Conference

Keep the 9-12 September 2019 free! The 10th International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ 2019) will be held in Liège (Belgium). The conference is returning to Europe. Previous GQ conferences were held in Tallinn (Estonia) in 1993, Prague (Czech Republic) in 1995, Tübingen (Germany) in 1998, Sheffield (UK) in 2001, Waterloo (Canada) in 2004, Fremantle (Australia) in 2007, Zurich (Switzerland) in 2010, Gainesville (USA) in 2013 and Shenzhen (China) in 2016.

Overall theme and aims

Between 1950 and 2050 the global population will have increased significantly, from 2.5 to 10 billion inhabitants. The urban population is expected to be two thirds, up from one third a century ago. The consequence is a greater urban spread into rural environments and increased pressure on natural resources, including groundwater in these transition areas. The conference theme, Groundwater quality in the transition between rural and urban environments, will focus on the need to protect, manage, repair and sustain groundwater quality in these growing urbanized environments.

The conference will bring together researchers, industry, regulators, contractors, consultants, planners and water supply agencies to address the important issues related to groundwater quality in this context.

Subthemes

Groundwater quality response to climate, land use or other earth system changes

Specific and emerging issues of groundwater pollution

Diffuse pollution of groundwater from geogenic to anthropogenic origins

Threats to groundwater resources from subsurface phenomena

Impact on groundwater quality of non-conventional water (treated wastewater, desalinated water) for (managed) artificial recharge and irrigation practices

Groundwater quality at interfaces

Advanced and new techniques for characterizing groundwater quality, pollutant fate and subsurface systems

Non- to low-invasive technologies for subsurface characterization

Long term management, protection and use of groundwater resources from urban to rural environment

Groundwater flow and reactive transport processes and modelling, including the impacts of heterogeneity

Existing and future trends in groundwater remediation

Role of soil and groundwater in the water - food - energy nexus; emerging practical and societal problems related to soil and groundwater quality issues

Non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs and DNAPLs)

Natural attenuation of contaminants

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