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.



Granada is a city that will captivate all your senses: your sense of sight with its impressive monuments such as the Alhambra, the Cathedral and the stunning landscapes seen from the viewpoint of San Nicolás; your sense of smell with its jasmine blossom scented streets in the Albaicín district; your sense of hearing with the flamenco celebrations of the Sacromonte; your sense of touch when you cast your hand over the ancient stones of the buildings; your sense of taste when you try the delicious local dishes. Granada is a city of kings, which has to be experienced.

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Prof Dr Antonio Chambel
Department of Geosciences, University of Évora, Portugal.

Degree in Geology (Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal) in 1984, Master in Economic and Applied Geology (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal) in 1991 and PhD in Geology, specialty of Hydrogeology by the University of Évora, Portugal, in 1999. Actually Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences of the University of Évora. He has been ERASMUS Professor at the Universities of Prague, Czech Republic, Huelva, Spain, and La Sapienza, Italy.

By Hydrogeologists Without Borders he lectured in Master Courses in the University of San Salvador (El Salvador) and in the University Pontifícia S. Francisco Xavier, in Sucre (Bolívia). He lectured also a Master course in the Instituto Superior de Transportes e Comunicações (ISUTC) of Maputo (Mozambique). He was investigator at the Geophysics Centre of Évora (CGE) between 2004 and 2014, and is investigator of the Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT) from 2014 on, both in Portugal. Between 2003 and 2005 was President of the Geosciences Department of the University of Évora. He is actually President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), serving in the last 8 years as Vice-President of the same association (208-2016), and is a member of the Technical Committee of the Hydrogeologists Without Borders (HWB), member of the executive of the South Regional Group of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH), and member of the Network of Environmental Studies of the Countries of Portuguese Language (REALP). Alternate member of the World Water Council (WWC), in representation of IAH.

One of the responsible persons by the Project “Study of Groundwater Resources of Alentejo Region (ERHSA)”, which resulted in the new hydrogeological mapping of Alentejo (2001). Responsible by the scientific coordination of the Project “Study of Zones of Hydrogeological Complexity”, involving the provinces between Maputo and Manica, in South Mozambique.

Specialist in hydrogeology, investigates in areas related with groundwater prospecting, hydrogeology of fractured rocks, surface water/groundwater relations, groundwater dependent ecosystems, geologic and hydrogeological mapping and aquifer contamination. Author and editor of more than 90 national and international publications, he has been doing work to support the community in the areas of groundwater prospecting, legislation and water and environment management, including the water management plans in Portugal.



Prof Dr Stephen FOSTER

Stephen Foster is Visiting Professor of Hydrogeoscience at University College London, and both a Chartered Environmental Engineer & Chartered Geologist. He has exceptional international experience in groundwater assessment, management and protection, and has held the following senior posts : WHO-Groundwater Advisor for Latin America & Caribbean (1986-89), British Geological Survey-Divisional Director (1990-99), World Bank-Groundwater Management Team Director (2001-11) & Global Water Partnership-Senior Adviser (2012-15).

Stephen received a D Sc in 1983 for his published work, awards from British & American professional societies on 8 occasions, including the Geological Society of London–William Smith Medal for an outstanding career contribution to applied geological science in 2006.  In 1993 he was named by the Real Academia de Ciencias in Madrid as a Foreign Corresponding Member and served as International Association of Hydrogeologists Vice-President (Western Europe) during 2000-04 and President during 2004-08.  He was also one-of-three founders of the UK Groundwater Forum (a multi-stakeholder cross-sector platform) and a member of the EC-Groundwater Working Group during 1998-2006.


Prof Dr Redha Menani
Hydrogeology, Nancy 1 University, France.

Professor in Hydrogeology. Chair of the mobilisation and water resources management laboratory, Geology Dept– ISTU.

Vice-Rector in charge of post-graduation and scientific research, Batna 2 University, Algeria.


Dr Christian Leduc

Christian Leduc is a hydrogeologist specialist in semi-arid areas. He had his PhD in water sciences in 1985 at the Montpellier University (France). He studies the changes in water resources and water uses under the pressure of anthropogenic and climatic drivers. In the field, he crosses various scales and methods in hydrodynamics and geochemistry. His objective is to address the spatial and temporal variability of physical processes, and their interaction with social components. He particularly appreciates unexpected phenomena.

He has worked mainly in the Mediterranean region (Southern Europe and Northern Africa), and in the Sahel (from Mauritania to the Lake Chad Basin).He is director of research at IRD (Institute for Research and Development, the French public research centre for overseas studies), and is now based in Tunisia. He also teaches in different universities of France and Africa.”It is easy to make it shorter if necessary.- the very brief abstract could be as follows:”The economic and social development of the Mediterranean region is largely based on the intense exploitation of groundwater resources. The complex interactions between the physical and social dimensions of groundwater dynamics continuously change over time, far from pseudo-natural regimes of the 19th century. Anthropization, under its multiple forms, is a much stronger driver of change than the climate alteration. It affects both the quantity and quality of groundwater. The present forms of management are often far from sustainability. Exchanging experiences in the Mediterranean region is thus a necessity.


Prof Rachida Bouhlila
National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT)

Rachida Bouhlila is currently a Professor of Hydro-geochemistry and Hydraulic Engineering at the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT), Tunisia. After studies of Hydraulic Engineering in ENIT, she received a Doctorate in Mechanic (Porous Media) at the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. Then, she received a “Doctorat d’état es-sciences” in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Tunis El Manar. Her research interests include density dependent, saturated-unsaturated, flow and reactive transport in porous media, hydrogeology and geochemistry.




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.

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María Luisa Calvache – Congress Chair
Antonio Chambel – President of IAH
Marco Petitta – Vice President of IAH – 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.

Scientific COMMITTEE

Boudoukha Abderrahmane – Université de Batna,  Algeria
Carlos  Costa Almeida – Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Bartolomé Andreo – Universidad de Málaga, Spain
José Miguel Andreu Rodes – Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Alice Aureli – UNESCO
Michel Bakalowicz – Université de Montpelier, France
Lahcen Benaabidate – University Moulay Abdellah, Fes, Morocco
José Benavente Herrera – Universidad de Granada, Spain
Abderrazak Bouanani – Universite de Tlemcen,  Algeria
Rachida Bouhlila – Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs, Tunisia
Irene Bustamante Gutiérrez – Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
María Luisa Calvache Quesada – Universidad de Granada, Spain
María del Carmen Cabrera Santana – Universidad de LPGC, Spain
Lucila Candela Lledó – Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain
Fernando Delgado – Universidad de Granada, Spain
Daniela Ducci – Università dei Napoli, Italy
Carlos Duque Calvache – University of Delaware
Bouabid El Mansouri – University Ibn Tofail, Kénitra, Morocco
Jamal Eddine Stitou El Messari – University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tétouan , Morocco
Francisco Javier Elorza Tenreiro – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Paolo Fabbri – Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Ahmed Fekri – University HassanII, Ain Chok, Casablanca , Morocco
José Luis García Aróstegui – IGME, Spain
Antonio González Ramón – IGME, Spain
Fadoua Hamzaoui – Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Tunisia
Lahoucine Hanich – University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco
María del Carmen Hidalgo Estévez – Universidad de Jaén, Spain
Faten Jarraya Horriche – Centre de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux, Tunisia
Slimane Kachi – Université de Guelma, Algeria
Manuel López Chicano – Universidad de Granada, Spain

Manuel López Chicano – Universidad de Granada, Spain
Gil Mahé – Université de Montpellier II, France
Marisol Manzano Arellano – Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain
Ammar Maoui – Université de Guelma ,  Algeria
Jean-Christophe Maréchal – BRGM Montpellier, France
Wenceslao Martín Rosales – Universidad de Granada, Spain
Jose Martins Carvalho – ISE do Porto, Portugal
Sergio Martos – IGME, Spain
Marco Masetti – Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Nicolas Masséi – Université Rouen, France
Rosario Melo da Costa – Univ. de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Redha Menani – Université de Batna,  Algeria
Ignacio Morell Evangelista – Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Jacques Mudry – Université Franche Compté, France
Manuel Oliveira – Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Portugal
Marco Petitta – Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Vincenzo Piscopo – Università Tuscia di Viterbo, Italy
Séverin Pistre – Université de Montpellier II, France
Maurizio Polemio – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Antonio Pulido Bosch – Universidad de Almería, Spain
David Pulido Velázquez – IGME, Spain
Miguel Rodríguez Rodríguez – Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
Juan Carlos Rubio Campos – IGME, Spain
Jesús Sánchez Vizcaíno – Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Fairouz Slama – Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis, Tunisia
Raquel Sousa – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Iñaki Vadillo Pérez – Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Fermín Villarroya – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Mounira Zammouri – Université de Tunis,  Tunisia