Groundwater Extremes and Surface Water Impacts

Country: United Kingdom

City: London

Abstr. due: 30.09.2014

Dates: 03.12.14 — 03.12.14

Organizing comittee e-mail: crja@bgs.ac.uk

Organizers: Hydrogeological Group, British Hydrological Society

 

 

In early spring 2012 the UK was experiencing a severe drought, with soils at their driest on record for the time of year, and groundwater levels in many boreholes across southern England at record lows. Twenty million customers were affected by water use restrictions and questions were being asked by Government about the sustainability of supplies if the drought continued. A potential crisis was avoided because of record rainfall between April-July 2012, the highest over England and Wales in the series extending back to 1766. During the following two winters the UK has experienced record high groundwater levels, resulting in the flooding of properties and the overloading of sewers. The types of flooding that occurred during early 2014 were varied: in places it was solely groundwater generated, in many areas fluvial, but in some locations caused by interacting groundwater and surface water systems.

This meeting, co-convened by the British Hydrological Society and the Hydrogeological Group of the Geological Society, will examine this remarkable period of climatic and hydrological extremes, discuss the nature of the interactions between groundwater systems and surface waters during both the drought and flood episodes, and consider the challenges in managing our water resources and in mitigating impacts during extremes. The programme will begin with two invited talks, considering these points from different perspectives and aiming at stimulating some lively debate!

Conference Web-Site: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/HG-BHS-14-Groundwater-Extremes-Surface-Impacts