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The Value of Groundwater – symposium on 23 September 2015

23 September 2015, Nieuwegein (NL) • The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Netherlands’ Chapter, the Netherlands Hydrological Society (NHV) and VVM, together with KWR Water, Deltares and IHP Belgium, are organizing a symposium on The Value of Groundwater (in Dutch). Very interesting speakers and free registration for members!

 
Floods as war weapons – Humans caused a third of floods in past 500 years in SW Netherlands

A new study shows that, from 1500 until 2000, about a third of floods in southwestern Netherlands were deliberately caused by humans during wartimes. Some of these inundations resulted in significant changes to the landscape, being as damaging as floods caused by heavy rainfall or storm surges. The work, by Dutch researcher Adriaan de Kraker, is published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

 
Four new PhD theses online

Four new PhD theses from the Netherlands have been published online: (1) System Robustness Analysis in Support of Flood and Drought Risk Management, by Marjolein Mens; (2) Modelling and monitoring of Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage – Impacts of heterogeneity, thermal interference and bioremediation, by Wijbrand Sommer; (3) Field and Model Investigations of Freshwater Lenses in Coastal Aquifers by Pieter Pauw; and (4) Saline groundwater – surface water interaction in coastal lowlands, by Joost Delsman. We warmly congratulate them with their new title!

 
Symposium - Hazard, Risk and Sustainability in the Soil Environment

14 October 2015, Wageningen (NL) • The United Nations have declared the year 2015 as the International Year of Soils, under the topic «Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life». According to the UN, »the current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations«. Therefore, there is an urgent need to promote sustainable soil and land management practices, in order to ensure a productive and healthy food system and environment. The Symposium «Hazard, Risk and Sustainability in the Soil Environment» will be held in Wageningen on 14 October 2015.

 
Water & Heritage: Material, conceptual and spiritual connections

Initiated by ICOMOS Netherlands, a new book on the heritage of water management has been published, just before the World Water Forum: Water and Heritage. It contains 26 articles from ICOMOS members worldwide and prominent international scholars. The book contains a foreword by Ms Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO. Edited by Willem Willems and Henk van Schaik, the book will be presented on 13 April 2015 during the World Water Forum in Korea. Free to read on the website of publisher Sidestone.

 
Groundwater in the coastal zone: two-day course

During IAHR 2015 Deltares will organize a two-day course on groundwater in the coastal zone. The course will provide participants with (1) principles and procedures of variable density groundwater flow and coupled solute transport, (2) salinisation of groundwater systems and fresh-saline groundwater flow phenomena in the coastal zone, (3) monitoring techniques for fresh-brackish-saline water systems and (4) modelling experiences through hands-on training in computer workshops.

 
SWIBANGLA: Managing saltwater intrusion impacts in coastal groundwater systems in Bangladesh

Deltares, BRAC and IRC joined forces towards an integrated approach based on salinity monitoring, modelling and stakeholder participation to improve water safety plans. SWIBANGLA – Managing salt water intrusion impacts in Bangladesh, contributes to the theme salt water intrusion. The final report is available. There appear to be no unified national groundwater monitoring network and database in Bangladesh.

 
Vivir con la escasez de agua

Dr David Zetland’s book «Living with Water Scarcity», a bargain, has been translated into Spanish: «Vivir con la escasez de agua». As with the English edition, one can »comprar la edición de bolsilloobtener el PDF libre«. You can also support him when swimming in the Amsterdam canals to raise funds for research against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which you might know from the ice bucket challenge. Donate more than € 50 and get to meet David in person with a drink (his treat)!

 
Natural Resources in Afghanistan – book of the month April 2015

«Natural Resources in Afghanistan: Geographic and Geologic Perspectives on Centuries of Conflict» details Afghanistan’s physical geography – climate, soils, vegetation, water, hazards, geology, geomorphology – together with details of rich natural resources, ethnic problems, and history. The book couples these details with the challenges of environmental degradation and new environmental management and protection, all of which are considered finally in both pessimistic and optimistic modes. The reader comes away with understanding the issues that are likely to have great effect for this pivotal region of the world for decades to come.

 
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

The International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management publishes papers on scholarly research, projects and other initiatives dealing with policy-making on climate change, and methodological approaches to cope with the problems deriving from climate change. Due consideration is given to environmental, economic, social and political aspects and especially the links and leverages that can be attained by this holistic approach. Authors are invited to submit papers.

 
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