Carbonatic (karst) aquifers occupy 15% of the earth's surface. In Europe, for example, a third of the territory is made up of aquifers of this type and, in some countries, more than 50% of the supply water comes from karst systems. They are heterogeneous aquifers, present different recharge modalities (diffuse and concentrated, autochthonous and allochthonous), response times to recharge can be very short and the characteristics of the underground flow vary, from fissured or diffuse flow aquifers to karst aquifers. or duct flow. The HIDROKARST course aims to show technicians, graduates and engineers, the research methods used to characterize the hydrogeological functioning of carbonatic aquifers, as well as for the evaluation, protection and management of water resources in this type of media.

This course is taught by researchers from the Associated Unit "Advanced Hydrogeological Studies", between the Hydrogeology Center of the University of Malaga (CEHIUMA) and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), on methods applied to the hydrogeological research of carbonate aquifers (karst).