Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland - GEUS


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MSc with thesis on nitrate reduction in sandy aquifers from Univ. Copenhagen in 1988. Researcher and Sr. Scientist at GEUS / Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland since 1988 and 2000, respectively. My current research activities and interests include: 1) climate change impacts on groundwater quantity and quality -including sea level rise and seawater intrusion, 2) climate change adaptation 3) the relation between groundwater quantity and quality (chemical status) and the ecological status of dependent terrestrial and associated aquatic ecosystems 4) groundwater age / dating and contaminant trends and 5) New innovative and sustainable solutions within the water sector.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia

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Prof. Xavier Sanchez-Vila holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (1995). He is currently Professor at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona), being at present the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  His research focuses, on the quantitative, qualitative and management aspects in the field of hydrogeology. His main specialty is investigating complex biogeochemical processes and their interactions in heterogeneous porous media. He has published over 120 papers in indexed international journals, as well as more than 200 contributions to international conferences. He is Editor of Water Resources Research since 2015. During his research life, he has obtained several national and international awards, the most outstanding being the Arthur Ippen Award -2011 from the IAHR (International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research), the ICREA Academia Award (2011), and most recently the Henry Darcy Medal (2020) from the Hydrological Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union.


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Dr Alice Aureli is a Water Resources expert, she holds a PhD in Hydrogeology. She has over 30 years of experience in groundwater resources management and governance. In addition to her many years of research and teaching, she is the Chief of the UNESCO’s Groundwater Systems and Water for Human Settlements Section. As member of the Secretariat of the UNESCO's intergovernmental International Hydrological Programme (IHP) she is responsible for, amongst others, the International Shared Aquifers Resources Management (ISARM) initiative. This role has led her to supervise the work of the UNESCO’s expert team that supported the UN International Law Commission in the preparation of the Draft Articles on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers. An important aspect of her work has been on scientific and policy-related issues surrounding groundwater governance. Recipient of several international awards she continues to lecture regularly on a variety of postgraduate courses and coordinate masters studies and PhD in the field of transboundary waters, hydrogeology and groundwater resources management. Ms Aureli is the author of a large number of publications and served as editor of various international journals.


University of Graz

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Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification), University of Tübingen, Germany, 2006 Title of thesis: Aquifer characterisation and modelling: Process-based approaches focusing on karst aquifers (unpublished)

Doctorate, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2001
Title of thesis: Characterisation of karst systems by simulating aquifer genesis and spring responses: Model development and application to gypsum karst. Tübinger Geowissenschaftliche Arbeiten, C60. 122 pp.
Available at: http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/volltexte/2002/558/

Diplom (university degree issued after final examination) in geoecology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1998
Title of thesis: Groundwater model for the Lahr region - flow and transport conditions in the area of the former NATO airport (in German, unpublished)  


Professor of Hydrogeology, University of Graz, Austria, 2006-present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Applied Geoscience, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2001-2005

Research Assistant, Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS, USA, June-August 2001

Postgraduate Researcher, Center for Applied Geoscience, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1998-2001

Research Assistant at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1995-1997

Internship with the TGU GmbH, Koblenz, Germany, October-December 1996

Internship with the environmental department of the city of Luzern, Switzerland, July-September 1994

15 months of compulsory community service at a school for mentally disabled pupils, Fellbach, Germany, 1990-1991  

Interests and Expertise

Groundwater modelling and hydrological modelling

Hydrogeological and soil-physical subsurface characterisation techniques

Hydrogeology of fractured and karstified aquifers

Groundwater recharge and vadose zone flow

Impact of climate change on groundwater

Selected Professional Activities

Member of Committee on Geo-/Hydro-Sciences, Östereichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW), 2012-present

Member of Scientific Advisory Council, Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA), 2012-2016

Member of Advisory Council, Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (FH-DGG), 2010-2014

Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal, 2010-2012

Chair of Subdivision Groundwater, European Geoscience Union (EGU), 2009-2013

Editor, Central European Journal of Geosciences, 2008-2013

Member of Editorial Board, Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2007-present

Member of Advisory Council, Tübinger Gesellschaft für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (TGAG), 2005-2007

Associate Editor, Ground Water, 2004-present

Associate Editor, Grundwasser, 2003-present