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GTE of IGCP-513 UNESCO Project

 
UNESCO INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE PROGRAMME
SPANISH WORKING GROUP OF IGCP 513 PROJECT:
KARSTIC AQUIFERS AND WATER RESOURCES


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BACKGROUND

Project 513 of the UNESCO International Geoscience Programme was approved at the 33rd Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Geological Correlation Programme, held in Paris in February 2005. The Project has the backing of numerous research centres, international bodies and countries where research into karst media is being carried out; among these countries, Spain has made a notable contribution through the Spanish IGCP Committee. This Project follows on from earlier ones such as Project 299 “Geology, climate, hydrology and karst formation” (1990-94), Project 379 “Karst processes and the carbon cycle” (1995-99) and Project 448 “World correlation of karst ecosystems” (2000-2004). Project 513 is expected to have a duration of 5 years (2005-2009) and will be led by four researchers from three continents:

Chris Groves, Western Kentucky University, USA (chris.groves@wku.edu)

Yuan Daoxian, Institute of Karst Geology, R.P. China (dxyuan@karst.edu.cn)

Bartolome Andreo-Navarro, Universidad de Malaga, España (andreo@uma.es)

Heather Viles, Oxford University, United Kingdom (heather.viles@geography.oxford.ac.uk)  

The IGP projects carried out prior to 513 revealed that the karstic medium is very fragile and that its impact on life varies greatly in the different karstic regions around the world, according to local environmental characteristics. A worldwide comparison of karstic aquifers will make it possible to advance in characterizing such aquifers and, at the same time, better management of environmental problems concerning water and other resources needed for the sustainable development of karstic regions. These goals are established in congruence with the IGP line "Geoscience in the service of society".

The Spanish Working Group of IGCP-513 Project (GTE-513) was set up on 1 June 2005 in Sevilla, in the framework of the 6th International Symposium on Water in Andalusia. At this constitutional meeting, the Work Group’s coordinator and secretary were elected and the main guidelines established, both for its internal functioning and for the Group’s activities in relation to diverse issues, including the hydrogeological characterization of karstic aquifers, geomorphology (both exokarstic and endokarstic), recharge, the importance of the unsaturated zone, over-exploitation, vulnerability to contamination, protection perimeters, and investigation within karstic cavities.

Further information about IGCP-513 Project is available at the following website: http://hoffman.wku.edu/igcp/513.html

In addition, the website http://www.ugr.es/~mlamolda/PICG provides information about the Spanish IGP Committee.

For information about the UNESCO International Geoscience Programme, seehttp://www.unesco.org/science/earth/igcp.shtml

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