BRGM is a partner of the 48th IAH Congress to be held in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2021.
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Inspiring groundwaters

The history of the world shows that water and groundwater have constantly inspired mankind to develop techniques for the production of drinking water, to transport water to people, to the control of water courses, to the search for new sources, to combat scarcity. Access to safe water in sufficient quantities is essential to mankind, to prosperity and economic development.

Topics covered

  • Groundwater/surface water interaction
  • Hydrogeochemistry, groundwater age, paleogroundwater and isotopes in hydrogeology
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Groundwater and climate change
  • Geothermal and hydro-energy
  • Karst and fractured rock hydrogeology
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Mineral and thermal waters
  • Regional groundwater systems and transboundary aquifers
  • Coastal aquifers
  • Urban groundwater and resilience – resource management approaches and impacts
  • Groundwater and ecosystems
  • Advances in forward and inverse groundwater modeling and open source tools for computational subsurface hydrology (uncertainty)
  • Advances in experimental and field methods in hydrogeology and for understanding of the critical zone (experimental design)
  • Groundwater governance, policy and management (drought)
  • Sustainable groundwater exploitation and well management

BRGM interventions

Oral presentations

Monday 6 september 2021

  • 3. Groundwater contamination (Gold Hall)
    • Convener: Laurence Gourcy (BRGM)
    • 11:15 - Protecting drinking water resources from n-nitrosomorpholine dual migration through the Fécamp - Lillebonne chalk aquifer system in Normandy - Didier Pennequin (BRGM)
    • 14:30 - Effective monitoring of emerging organic compounds in European groundwater - Benjamin Lopez (BRGM)
    • 16:45 - Developing a simple method for the evaluation of Redox conditions in superficial groundwater at Pan EU scale - Laurence Gourcy (BRGM)
  • 11. Coastal aquifers (Meeting Studio 311-312)
    • Convener: Jean-Christophe Maréchal, Didier Pennequin (BRGM)
    • 15:30 - Climate change and vulnerability of western Normandy’s coastal aquifers with respect to salt water intrusions - Erwan Idee (BRGM)
    • 16:45 - The Thau hydrosystem under surveillance: an observatory to prevent seawater intrusion in the submarine Vise spring (Balaruc-les-Bains, France) - Vivien Hakoun (BRGM)
    • 17:00 - Saltwater intrusion and flow reversal at the submarine spring of a Mediterranean karst aquifer : explanation and modelling - Jean-Christophe Marechal (BRGM)
    • 17:30-19:30 - GeoEra Hover: Everything you always wanted to know about EuroGeoSurveys building a groundwater information platform* (*but were afraid to ask) - Laurence Gourcy (BRGM)
  • 8. Managed aquifer recharge (The Arc)
    • 16:30 - Transfer of Trace Organic Compounds in the Soil Aquifer Treatment system of Agon-Coutainville (France) - Quentin Guillemoto (BRGM)

Thursday 9 september 2021

  • 8. Managed aquifer recharge (Gold Hall)
    • 10:00 - Long-term environmental benefits of the Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT) scheme in Agon-Coutainville (Normandy, France) - Géraldine Picot-Colbeaux (BRGM)
  • 1. Groundwater-surface water interaction (The Arc)
    • 15:15 - Identification of potential sites of groundwater / surface water interaction at the Artois-Picardie basin scale - Alexandre Brugeron (BRGM)


  • Marc Parmentier (BRGM) - The URB’EAU project: Evaluate the sustainability of groundwater resource in a peri-urban area. Conciliate drinking water supply and land use of the metropolis of Lille.