Major drivers of global change include population growth and migration, climate change, urbanization and expansion of infrastructures, and changes in land use and pollution. Western Mediterranean countries of both southern Europe and North Africa are expected to experience impacts on the sustainability, quantity, quality, and management of water resources.

Future scenarios in this region forecast the decline in streamflow reducing reservoir storage for population supply. In this context, groundwater becomes an increasingly strategic resource to meet water demand from irrigated and urban areas. Particularly, coastal areas are threatened by the increasing stress during summer and drought periods causing groundwater depletion and saline water intrusion.

Dealing with this situation makes necessary to address regional needs through global coordination, so the IAH and IHP-UNESCO recommend facilitating the country/regional groundwater assessment and exchange of information via seminars, workshops and conferences, like the one that is presented here. These aspects are in connection with the Declaration on Groundwater in the Mediterranean (Malaga-Marrakech, 2006), and consequently IAH National Chapters from Western Mediterranean countries organize this congress on Groundwater and Global Change.





All accepted abstracts will be published as an electronic book of proceedings with ISBN. In addition, a special issue with a selection of the manuscripts will be published in one international journal.


Several social events are planned: a nocturnal visit to the Alhambra, a conference dinner, poster sessions with refreshments and a technical field trip. Details will be specified in the next circulars.


The official languages of the Congress are English, Spanish and French. No simultaneous traslation will be provided by the organization.


  • Impact of growing population and land use change on groundwater resources and wetlands.
  • Monitoring and modelling approaches for evaluating changes in groundwater quality, storage and fluxes.
  • Groundwater and climate change.
  • Protection and sustainable use of groundwater quantity and quality.
  • Water management challenges and case studies in Mediterranean coastal aquifers.
  • Technical and innovative solutions and groundwater management for adaptation to climate change.


  • Plenary sessions with keynote lectures.
  • Technical sessions.
  • Poster sessions.
  • Technical field trip.
  • Special session in honor to Professor Antonio Pulido-Bosch.
  • Social events.

More information

For questions and more information about the congress, please write to the following email address:


María Luisa Calvache – Congress Chair
Antonio Chambel – President of IAH
Marco Petitta – Vice President – Europe (West and Central)
Bartolomé Andreo – President of Spanish IAH Chapter
Ammar Maoui – Head of the Algerian Group
Michel Bakalowicz – President of French IAH Chapter
Bouabid El Mansouri– President of Moroccan IAH Chapter
Daniela Ducci – President of Italian IAH Chapter
Raquel Sousa – President of Portuguese IAH Chapter
Fatenlarraya Horriche – President of Tunisian IAH Chapter


José Benavente – University of Granada
María Luisa Calvache – University of Granada
Fernando Delgado – University of Granada
Carlos Duque – University of Delaware, USA
Juan José Durán – Spanish Geological Survey
Francisco Javier García – Provincial Government of Granada
Antonio González-Ramón – Spanish Geological Survey
Manuel López-Chicano – University of Granada
Manuel López-Rodríguez – Regional Government, Junta de Andalucía
David Pulido – Spanish Geological Survey
Sergio Martos – Spanish Geological Survey
Joaquín Navarro – Guadalquivir Basin Authority
Delegate of Granada Town Hall / Water Supply S.