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Event Thirty years of stochastic subsurface hydrology: Where do we stand and what are the emerging challenges?

In many parts of the world, the most important reservoir of fresh water can be found below the ground surface in the form of groundwater. Aquifers tend to be depleted due to overpumping and the quality of the remaining groundwater tends to decline, due to waste releases, agricultural practices, mining operations, atmospheric deposition, and so forth.

Problems related to subsurface water resources are increasingly recognized by the wider public, the political process, water resources engineers and environmentalists, for their significance and complexity. These problems have accumulated over many years, mainly due to our inability to foresee the existence of subsurface transport pathways from various pollution sources and their long term impact on groundwater quality. Solutions to these problems are expensive and never simple, requiring carefully designed strategies for protection and restoration to be implemented, possibly over long periods of time. Achieving these goals requires first of all understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring at the aquifer scale. Such an understanding is reached by adopting state-of-the-art tools and developing new scientific knowledge pertinent to these complex issues. Rational decision-making related to water resources can only be achieved by first developing tools for realistic predictions of groundwater quality trends and fluctuations for any management scenario.  

The conference will start on Monday June 28 (arrival on Sunday, welcome drink) and will end on Friday, July 2nd , afternoon. There is no requirement for written contributions as the aim of the conference is to create an environment for exchange of ideas and discussions. Therefore, oral presentations will be made by the invited speakers (see program) and registering participants are encouraged to present posters and to participate in the discussions. 



Contact information Faculté ENAC Laboratory of Ecohydrology (ECHO), Secretary Ms. Rothenbühler (email:
Phone: Phone.:+41 (0)21 693 37 25 Fax: +41 (0)21 693 37 39
Event type Conference
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Geographical coverage Switzerland
Address Centro Stefano Franscini Conference, Monte Verità Ascona, Switzerland
Organizer Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Target audience Euro
Duration 6 days
Period [27/06/2010 - 02/07/2010]
Status n/a
Working language(s) ENGLISH