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Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock Environments – call for papers

June 10, 2016

Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock Environments: Managing Catchment and Subsurface Resources – Call for Papers

Across the UK & Ireland, fractured bedrock aquifers have been traditionally regarded as low productivity aquifers, with only limited relevance to regional groundwater resources. But it has been increasingly recognised that these complex bedrock aquifers can play an important role in catchment management and subsurface energy systems.

At shallow to intermediate depth, fractured bedrock aquifers help to sustain surface water baseflows and groundwater dependent ecosystems, provide local groundwater supplies and impact on contaminant transfers on a catchment scale. At greater depths, understanding the properties and groundwater flow regimes of these complex bedrock environments can be crucial for the successful installation of subsurface energy and storage systems, such as deep geothermal or aquifer thermal energy storage systems and natural gas or CO2 storage facilities as well as the exploration of natural resources such as conventional/unconventional oil and gas.

In many scenarios, a robust understanding of fractured bedrock environments is required to assess the nature and extent of connectivity between such energy & storage systems at depth and overlying receptors in the shallow subsurface or above ground.

Conference Focus This conference will focus on the role of fractured bedrock aquifers in catchment management and in managing subsurface resources.

Call for Papers The conference invites both oral and poster abstract contributions that address effective methods to characterise these challenging aquifer systems, provide insights into the key processes driving the groundwater flow regime and contaminant transport in such formations and make links to the structural geological framework and geomechanics that shape the nature and extent of effective flowpaths in these aquifer systems.

To be considered for a slot in the programme or a poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to Georgina Worrall (georgina.worrall@geolsoc.org.uk) no later than the deadlines detailed below: –

Oral Abstract Deadline: Friday 15 January 2016

Poster Abstract Deadline: Friday 4 March 2016

Convenors

– Dr. Ulrich Ofterdinger (Queen’s University Belfast)

– Prof. Alan MacDonald (BGS)

– Dr. Jean-Christophe Comte (University of Aberdeen)

– Mike Young (The Geological Society)

For more information, please see attached poster or visit the website https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/fracturedbedrocks

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Queen’s University
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Date:
June 10, 2016
Event Category:
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Website:
http://www.qub.ie/

Venue

Queen’s University
Belfast
Belfast,
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