IAH_AIH_logo.svg The 5th Bucharest Urban Hydrogeology international workshop is being held 13 March 2017 in cooperation with the International Association for Hydrogeologists (IAH).



11:00 – 13:00 – Session 1 (Chair:Helen BONSOR)

  • 11:00 – 11:10 – Opening (Helen Bonsor, Johannes de Beer, Radu Gogu)
  • 11:10 – 11:40 – Urban Groundwater: the Barcelona Case – Jesus Carrera
  • 11:40 – 12:05 –  Mass Flux and Recharge Calculations in Urban Areas – Mario Schirmer, Andreas Musolff, Morgane Minnig, Dirk Radny
  • 12:05 – 12:30 – Mathematical Modelling as a Tool for Optimisation of Ground Water Exploitation in Urban and Industrial Area – Nada Rapantová, JiříTylčer, David Vojtek
  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Bucharest City Urban Groundwater Monitoring System – Dragos Gaitanaru, Radu Gogu

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch break 

14:00 – 15:40 – Session 2 (Chair: Johannes de Beer)

  • 14:00 – 14:30 – Urban Hydrogeology Studies in Bucharest city, Romania – Radu Gogu
  • 14:30 – 14:55 – Development of a 3D Geological/Hydrogeological Model Targeted at Sustainable Management of the Urban Water Cycle in Odense City, Denmark – S Mielby, C.E. Jespersen, C. Ammitsøe, G. Laursen, J. Jeppesen, J. Linderberg, K. Søndergaard, M. Kristensen, M. Hansen, N.-P. Jensen, P. Sandersen, T. M. Pallesen
  • 14:55 – 15:20 – An Overview of Ground Surface Displacements Generated by Groundwater Dynamics, Revealed by InSAR Techniques – Alina Radutu , Ion Nedelcu, Radu Gogu
  • 15:20 – 15:40 – Snowmelt Modelling in Urban Areas – Roxana-Gabriela Dobre, Dragos Gaitanaru, Radu Gogu

15:40 – 16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:10 – Session 3 (Chair: Helen Bonsor)

  • 16:00 – 16:30 – Urban Hydrogeology – Helene Bonsor
  • 16:30 – 16:55 – Technical Aspects in the Development of a Large Geothermal Borehole Exchange Infrastructure – Adrian Iurkiewicz, Dragos Gaitanaru, Cristina Iliescu, Radu Gogu
  • 16:55 – 17:20 – The Integration of Groundwater Protection into Land-Use Planning. Certification and Standardization of Quality of Urban Supply Systems – Alberto Jiménez-Madrid, Pedro Jiménez-Fernández, Radu Gogu
  • 17:20 – 17:45 – Management of Groundwater Resource Beneath the City of Ljubljana – Mitja Janža


There is an open call for abstracts, with a closing date of 18 February. Many cities around the world are facing issues related to geology and urban hydrogeology. The main topics of the workshop are: 1) Groundwater level changes caused by urban development and their potential detrimental effects; 2) Characterization and quantification of the components contributing to the urban water balance; 3) Utilisation and management of shallow geothermal energy; 4) Groundwater quality and threats; 5) modelling urban groundwater systems; and 6) Integration of data for sustainable urban water management.

The Urban Hydrogeology workshop is happening as part of the wider SUB-URBAN Planning and Management Symposium, in Bucharest, Romania from 13 to 16 March 2017. This event aims to highlight current research and pilots into subsurface urban management and new approaches for increased use of geological and hydrogeological knowledge in city planning processes.

       These discussion topics are proposed in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness among urban planners and decision makers on the role of groundwater in sustainable urban development, e.g. for ground and building stability and heritage preservation.
  • Foster development of policy which reflects the importance of urban groundwater specifically, and the urban subsurface in general;
  • Increase understanding of the groundwater-infrastructure interaction phenomena among water and transportation network operators and infrastructure developers;
  • Experience and knowledge exchange between specialists already involved in urban (ground)water management projects;
  • Foster involvement of the Romanian research community, practitioners and city managers in international networks to gain access to training and support to better inform and empower decision makers and other end-users in the field of urban (ground)water management.

An updated review of a large number of international experiences including new urban groundwater investigation concepts and techniques will provide a base for a reliable research strategy towards urban hydrogeology. It constitutes an important step towards highlighting that taking groundwater into account is a must for sustainable city planning.

Helen Bonsor – Director of IAH Urban Groundwater Network

Hans de Beer – Geological Survey of Norway

Radu Gogu – Groundwater Engineering Research Center

Date: March 15, 2017, from 14:00 PM to 20:00 PM

Room SH02 Sanda Hangan
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest
Bd. Lacul Tei 122-124, Sector 2, Bucharest

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