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  • Groundwater – Critical for Sustainable Development

    An infographic entitled “Groundwater – Critical for Sustainable Development”, which illustrates a timeline of groundwater use throughout history and projected outcomes of continued groundwater abstraction was launched during the 2nd Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The graphic can be used as... read more...

  • Qatar’s agriculture push risks further groundwater depletion

    Qatar was recently ranked as the most water-stressed country in the world. Rainfall is unpredictable and erratic and there are no permanent rivers. With a 400% increase in local agricultural production, Qatar now withdraws nearly four times as much water from its aquifers than is replenished by rainfall each year.... read more...

  • Could waterflooding for oil and gas extraction put groundwater at risk?

    A University of Saskatchewan researcher says that waterflooding, a form of oil extraction being encouraged by the Saskatchewan government, needs more research and monitoring to avoid potential long-term contamination of drinking water in the province. Find out more https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/groundwater-waterflooding-oil-gas-drinking-water-supply-contamination-saskatchewan-research-1.5255237 read more...

  • Galilee earthquake swarms caused by increased groundwater extraction

    Two recent earthquake swarms affecting the Galilee were likely caused by the accelerated extraction of groundwater from aquifers around the Sea of Galilee, a new study has revealed. Find out more https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Galilee-earthquake-swarms-caused-by-increased-groundwater-extraction-599147 read more...

  • Earthquakes Shake Up Groundwater Systems

    After an earthquake, regional stream flows will sometimes increase as groundwater is released from aquifers. A new study looks at the effect of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan on groundwater systems in China and sheds light on how the Earth’s subsurface can be affected by large earthquakes. Find out... read more...

  • Widespread Contamination Found in Northwest India’s Groundwater

    India’s regions are dry and getting drier. A new study shows that India’s groundwater is also contaminated by both human-made pollutants and naturally occurring toxic minerals at levels that may be detrimental to human health without treatment. Find out more https://eos.org/articles/widespread-contamination-found-in-northwest-indias-groundwater read more...

  • Groundwater reserves in Africa – more resilient to climate change than previously thought

        Scientists from across Africa and the world have compiled and analysed decades of groundwater and rainfall records from sub-Saharan Africa. They suggest that across the region, this vital source of water for drinking and irrigation is more resilient to climate variability and change than previously thought. Find out... read more...

  • Brian Morris, 1947 – 2019

    We are saddened to report the death from cancer of Brian Morris in July.  Having started out on a career in the banking industry, Brian quickly decided on a complete change of direction and re-trained as a geologist and then undertook the Master’s course in Hydrogeology at University College, London.... read more...

  • Why are groundwater systems and aquifer storage of major importance for climate-change adaptation?

    Climate change is predicted to have a major impact on water resources, with more frequent surface-water droughts and intense rainfall events, and adaptation to avoid future water-supply crises will require better use of water storage. With this in mind, we have released a new paper in our Stategic Overview Series... read more...

  • Wells being drilled ever deeper as groundwater vanishes

    Researchers in the US report that current levels of groundwater use are not sustainable: resources are being steadily depleted as groundwater use outpaces natural replenishment. People are drilling deeper and deeper wells as easy-to-access shallower water is vanishing. But it’s also not sustainable to keep going deeper. Find out more... read more...

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