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Sixth International Groundwater Conference, 10-13 December 2014, India

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  • C. P. Kumar
    Sixth International Groundwater Conference(IGWC-2014) on Groundwater Resources Assessment and Management in Arid and Semi Arid Regions with Special Reference
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24, 2013
      Sixth International Groundwater Conference(IGWC-2014) on "Groundwater Resources Assessment and Management in Arid and Semi Arid Regions with Special Reference to Management of Coastal Aquifer system"

      December 10-13, 2014

      Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

      Being jointly organized by Department of Geology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India and
      Association of Global Groundwater Scientists (AGGS), India

      About the Conference

      Groundwater resources in arid and semi-arid regions with limited renewable potential have to be managed judiciously to ensure adequate supplies of dependable quantity and quality of water resource. It is a natural resource with economic, strategic and environmental value, which is under stress both due to changing climatic and anthropogenic factors. Therefore the management strategies need to be aimed at sustenance of this limited resource. In India and in other parts of the world, semi-arid regions are characterized by hard rocks and it is of vital importance to understand the nature of the aquifer systems and its current stress conditions. The achievements through scientific development are really great and the exploration and exploitation aspects are commendable but they have impacted adversely both in terms of quantity and quality in the hard rock aquifer system. Apart from these, coastal aquifer systems also suffered heavily due to indiscriminate with drawl of groundwater and this reached an alarming proportion. In order to mitigate this situation, better management strategies of groundwater resources needs to be devised so that the societal needs are fulfilled in a meaningful manner.

      The sea water intrusion in coastal aquifers is threatening due to over exploitation and it is the need of the hour to understand the mechanism of sea water intrusion and the management techniques to arrest the intrusion of sea water into inland fresh water aquifer.

      Groundwater pollution due to anthropogenic activities might be a slow processes but it has long term impacts on carbon cycle and global climatic change as well as on the quality of water. It is generally recognized that the prevention of groundwater pollution is better than its remedial measures in the long run. Considering all the issues the Sixth International Groundwater Conference (IGWC-2014) is scheduled during December 10-13, 2014 at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India.

      • The main emphasis in organizing such an International Conference is that the outcome of deliberations of the conference could reach the end users, who face the acute problems due to groundwater shortage and also quality deterioration in the coastal regions.

      • Dr. M. Thangarajan who had successfully organized the First International Groundwater Conference (IGWC-2002) at Dindigul, Tamil Nadu and served as Conference Co-ordinator of IGWC-2006 at JNU, New Delhi, IGWC-2007 at TNAU, Coimbatore, IGWC-2011 at Madurai and IGWC-2012 at Aurangabad. He will function as the Advisor cum Conference Coordinator of IGWC-2014.


      SS-1: Aquifer Characterization and Assessment of Groundwater Resources

      • Role of Electrical resistivity sounding and resistivity 2D/3D imaging technique in the identification of potential well site
      • Application of RS-GIS in groundwater resource assessment, development and management
      • Innovative techniques in delineation of fracture geometry/polluted zones, freshwater and saltwater interface and aquifer boundaries
      • Characterization of aquifer parameters in coastal sedimentary, crystalline and basaltic (hard rock) aquifer system
      • Aquifer mapping for delineation of fresh water zones
      • Artificial intelligence techniques like ANN, MT and GP for groundwater assessment.

      SS-2: Application of Isotope Hydrology Techniques in the Estimation of Groundwater Recharge and Pollution/Contamination investigations

      • Artificial recharge methods including aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) for augmentation of groundwater resources
      • Role of isotope techniques in rainfall recharge estimation process
      • Conjunctive use of surface and groundwater for optimal exploitation
      • Quantification of artificial recharge from surface water bodies and check dams etc.
      • Impact of climate change on groundwater resources
      • Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR).

      SS-3: Soil Chemistry and Agricultural Watershed Management

      • Impact of human activities and climate change on the cropping pattern and the socio & economic conditions of rural poor and its remedial measures
      • Drip irrigation to ensure security of water in scarcity area
      • Optimal cropping pattern for sustainable development and management of groundwater resources
      • The impact of nutrition discharges towards the coast on the sub soil chemistry.

      SS-4: Quantification of Groundwater Pollution and Environment impact Assessment

      • Soil water chemistry and its role in understanding the groundwater pollution migration
      • Oil Field Pollution and its Management
      • The impact of Fluoride and Arsenic contaminant in groundwater on the health aspect of mankind and the remedial measures to contain the fluoride and arsenic level
      • Disposal measures for domestic, industrial and nuclear wastes
      • Mitigation measures against pollutant migration in groundwater.

      SS-5: Application of Groundwater Models in the Groundwater Management

      • Modeling of groundwater flow and mass transport including nuclide migration for the effective management of groundwater resources in hard rock and coastal aquifer systems
      • Issues, challenges and perspectives in model calibration, validation, prediction and post audit
      • Models and Modeler's ethics in the futuristic management decision aspects.

      SS-6: Problems and perspectives in the Development and Management of coastal aquifers

      • The impact of open cast mining on the coastal aquifer system
      • Post Tsunami of 2006 effects on the coastal aquifer system of east coast of India & elsewhere
      • The impact of climate change on the sea level rise and in turn to the seawater intrusion
      • The impact of long duration drying conditions due to non availability of surface water for irrigation in the Delta region of East coast, India on the freshwater saltwater interface movement
      • The salient aspects of Krishna-Godavari inter stream shallow and deep aquifer flow dynamics in the East coast of India in relation to over exploitation and tidal wave condition
      • Innovative Modern Technology to improve the Coastal Delta management plan
      • Could artificial recharge be a viable solution in preventing the sea water ingression?

      SS-7: Role of Community and Regulatory Agencies in the optimal management of water Resources

      • Problems and challenges in quantification of water demand and its pricing for effective management
      • Role of NGO's and Sociologists in creating awareness among user community on the sustainable development and management of groundwater resources.

      Official Language: The official language of the International Conference will be English only.

      Abstracts pertaining to the above themes are accepted. All abstracts not exceeding 250 words (in duplicate) should reach to Dr. T. Vinoda Rao, Professor & Head, Department of Geology, Andhra University & Convener, IGWC-2014, Conference Secretariat, Department of Geology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India at vinodarao2004@... and/or Dr.M.Thangarajan, Advisor cum Conference Coordinator at karvimrajan@... and or Prof. C. Mayilswami, Scientific Advisory Committee Secretary at ceemayil@... on or before October 31, 2013. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee on the basis of Scope / Theme of IGWC-2014 and will be classified as ORAL or POSTER presentation. Acceptance will be communicated by January 31, 2014.

      Authors will have to submit full manuscript of the paper(s) (with original figures, if any) to the Conference Secretariat by May 31, 2014. Necessary instructions regarding preparation of the manuscript(s) will be sent along with the acceptance and author(s) are requested to submit the final text in electronic form (CD).

      Please contact either Prof. T. Vinoda Rao, Convener and/or Dr. M. Thangarajan, Advisor cum Conference Coordinator (IGWC-2014) and or Prof. C. Mayilswami, Secretary AGGS and Secretary Scientific Advisory Committee for further clarification if any.


      vinodarao2004@... - Prof. T. Vinoda Rao
      karvimrajan@... - Dr. M. Thangarajan
      ceemayil@... - Prof. C. Mayilswami

      Phones: + 91-9866092269 Prof. T. Vinoda Rao
      + 91-9700217685 Dr. M. Thangarajan
      + 91-9952446416 Prof. C. Mayilswami

      About the Venue – Visakhapatnam

      Visakhapatnam is the second biggest city in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated in the East Coast of Andhra Pradesh. The city offers clean and scenic beaches that rank among the world's best. Lawson's Bay, Rushikonda and Bhimili are stretches where the waters are shallow and crystal clear. They are ideal for swimming, surfing and bathing. The Dolphin's nose, a huge rocky head land174 meters high and 358 meters above mean sea level, is a must see.
      The city is well connected by air, rail and road. One can reach by air directly from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. The Chennai-Kolkata train travels through Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as well as Hyderabad-Kolkata train also passes through Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. The National high way NH-5 which is connecting Chennai and Kolkata passes through Visakhapatnam. It is about 637 km from the city of Hyderabad.

      About the Host Institute - Andhra University (Department of Geology)

      The Department of Geology, Andhra University is one of the pioneering Departments in India offering a variety of courses and undertaking research activities in a wide spectrum of potentially interesting geological problems of both basic and applied nature. Started in 1941, in a modest way to impart training to students leading to degrees in Geology, it now offers services to the industry. The Faculty members of the Department are currently engaged in personal research activities in a wide range of topics such as Marine Geology, Sedimentology, Structural Geology & Tectonics, Petrology and Mineralogy, Economic Geology, Geomorphology & Remote Sensing, Micropalentology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology and Coal Geology.

      Pre-Registration Form for IGWC-2014

      International Groundwater Conference, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, December 10-13, 2014


      Title (Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs) Given name (for badge)
      Family Name
      (with PIN)

      Telephone (Off) (Res)
      Name(s) of accompanying person(s), if any

      Are you (i) contributing a paper -- YES / No
      (ii) attending IGWC-2014 -- YES / No


      Note: All Foreign participants have to pay the Registration Fee in US dollars only. Registration fee should be paid through DD drawn in favor of Convener, IGWC-2014, and payable at Visakhapatnam, AP, India and sent to Conference Secretariat, IGWC-2014, Department of Geology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India on or before 1stSeptember, 2014. Otherwise one has to pay extra Rs 500 as late fee for Indian and SAARC participants and US $ 50 for foreign participants. All AGGS members will get 10% discount in the registration fee.

      Delegate Rs.4000/- or US $300/- *
      Research Scholar/Project fellows Rs.2000/- or US $150/- *
      Student (M.Sc /B.Tech) Rs.1200/- or US $75/- #
      Accompanying Person Rs.1500/- or US $ 75/- (for each person) @

      * Includes registration material, working lunch, conference dinner, tea, field visit
      # Only registration material (proceedings), working lunch, conf. dinner, tea, field visit
      @ Only working lunch, conference dinner, tea, field visit

      Mail to: Conference Secretariat, IGWC-2014, Department of Geology, Andhra University, Visakapatnam-530 003, India; Ph: +91-9866092269
      E-mail: vinodarao2004@... and or karvimrajan@... and or ceemayil@...


      The participant(s) will be accommodated in hotels on payment basis. Delegates are requested to send their accommodation requirements well in advance. The tariff of the various hotels located at Visakhapatnam is given below.


      IGWC-2014, Visakhapatnam, December 10-13, 2014

      1. Name (in BLOCK Letters)

      2. Contact Address

      Phone Fax


      3. Passport Details (for foreign delegates)

      4. Accommodation required Single / Double

      5. Category

      Hotel Category Tariff (Rs.) per day Your choice

      Single Double Single Double

      `A' (Luxury AC) 6000 8000
      `B' (Delux AC) 3500 5000
      `C' (AC) 2000 2500
      `D' (Delux Non AC) 1500 2000
      `E' (Non AC) 1000 1500
      `F' (for students; Non AC) 750 1200

      6. Deposit for accommodation is enclosed: YES / No

      (in the form of a DD drawn in favor of Convener, Conference Secretariat, IGWC-2014 and payable at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
      The list of Hotels available in Visakhapatnam are as follows:
      Address: Green Park, Dasapalla, Dolphin, Grand Bay, Executive Court, Sea City,etc.
      The accommodation and transport can be made themselves.

      Note: Hotel reservations cannot be confirmed until we have received your deposit.
      Your request in the above format along with the amount through DD may be sent to:

      Prof. T. Vinoda Rao
      Convener (IGWC 2014)
      Department of Geology, Andhra University, Visakhapatanm-530 003, AP., India
      E-mail: vinodarao2004@...
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