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  • World Water Day: 22 March

    2017 World Water Day! The main event for 2017 will be held in Durban, at which South African President Jacob Zuma will launch the 17th edition of United Nations’ World Water Development Report in as part of World Water Day celebrations. In line with the UN’s 2017 World Water Day... read more...

  • California: Dangers of land subsidence from groundwater abstraction

    Subsidence resulting from heavy abstraction of groundwater has become so serious in the San Joaquin Valley that critical infrastructure is at risk. In “High and Dry”, a new book on the global groundwater crisis, IAH’s Bill Alley and his wife Rosemarie explain how things got so bad. When the last comprehensive... read more...

  • Calculating recharge of groundwater more precisely

    A team of international researchers led by University of Freiburg hydrologist Dr Andreas Hartmann suggests that inclusion of currently missing key hydrological processes in large-scale climate change impact models can significantly improve our estimates of water availability. The study shows that groundwater recharge estimates for 560 million people in karst... read more...

  • UAE: Radioactivity levels in groundwater

    Researchers from the UAE University’s geology department in Al Ain have announced the initial results of a unique study into radioactivity levels in the UAE’s groundwater. Most radioactive isotopes are present at below recommended levels. The project, started in 2012 and initially covering the eastern and northern areas, first measured... read more...

  • India: Is global warming behind India’s depleting groundwater?

    Changing rainfall patterns may be depleting India’s groundwater storage more than withdrawals for agricultural irrigation, says a new study published in January by Nature Goescience. While the diminishing of India’s groundwater is widely attributed to over-extraction, especially in the northern agricultural belts of Punjab and Haryana, this study suggests decline in... read more...

  • US: The quality of the Nation’s groundwater

    The US Geological Survey is near the midpoint of a complex undertaking to survey the quality of the nation’s largest drinking-water resource. From 2012 to 2023, the USGS is assessing groundwater throughout the country through extensive sampling. The latest results from five regional aquifers have just become available. About half... read more...

  • Professional Water Well Drilling

    After months of work, and extensive consultation our colleagues at RWSN are delighted to announce the publication of Professional Water Well Drilling – A UNICEF Guidance Note.  Although primarily aimed at UNICEF Country Offices, the note provides practical guidance which will be of great value to all who are working in... read more...

  • 2017 EGU: Groundwater resources in a changing environment

    The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place this year from 23 to 28 April in Vienna, Austria. Colleagues Okke Batelaan, Martin Sauter, Yossi Guttman and Roland Barthel are organizing EGU session HS8.2.1 on ‘Groundwater resources in a changing environment’, and warmly invite abstracts with a deadline of... read more...

  • As groundwater dwindles, does a global food shock loom?

    Rising temperatures and growing demands for thirsty grains like rice and wheat could drain much of the world’s groundwater in the next few decades, new research warns.Nearly half of our food comes from the warm, dry parts of the planet, where excessive groundwater pumping to irrigate crops is rapidly shrinking the... read more...

  • UK Groundwater Forum

    The revised and updated version of the UK Groundwater Forum’s popular publication was launched on 13th September at Groundwater: Managing our Hidden Asset, a two day conference co-convened by the IAH British National Chapter and the Hydrogeology Group of the Geological Society to celebrate IAH’s 60th anniversary and the Geological... read more...

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