ISMAR9 Mexico City June 2016

ISMAR9 Mexico City June 2016

Welcome to the website of the International Association of Hydrogeologists Commission on Managing Aquifer Recharge (IAH-MAR). Here you can discover what our working groups are doing and contribute to their current projects, you can connect with people and resources, get information on symposia coming up, and join our email list to stay informed of latest news. We also have sister sites in Spanish and Chinese.

Managed Aquifer Recharge

Managed aquifer recharge, also called groundwater replenishment, water banking and artificial recharge, is the purposeful recharge of water to aquifers for subsequent recovery or environmental benefit.  It embraces methods such as riverbank filtration, stream bed weirs, infiltration ponds and injection wells, and uses natural water sources and appropriately treated urban stormwater, sewage and other waste waters to increase groundwater storage, protect and improve water quality,and secure drought and emergency supplies. Its growing scientific base supports its rapidly increasing use as a vital management tool in the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.

Latest News

ISMAR10  Madrid 20-24 May 2019

A record 250 abstracts were received and registrations are now open at ISMAR10 web site.

UNESCO MAR Case Studies Publication

UNESCO is in the process of commissioning IAH and GRIPP to produce a set of exemplary MAR case studies that describe project initiation and development, evidence of sustainability, and economic evaluation and give a synthesis of each of these elements.  This is targeted at water resources managers with a need to understand how MAR can be adapted to contribute to their needs.   In January 2019 a call via the IAH-MAR email list will give explicit requirements, for any potential contributors.  Based on submissions received, selected case study authors will be invited to attend a meeting in Madrid on 19 May 2019 immediately before ISMAR10, to help finalise their contributions and discuss the synthesis chapter(s) on these topics.  This is a combined activity of the IAH-MAR Working Groups on MAR for Sustainable Development, and Economics of MAR and of GRIPP. It is led by Yan Zheng, Andrew Ross and Karen Villholth, respectively, assisted by Peter Dillon.  Potential authors may modify case studies submitted as papers to ISMAR10, or to GRIPP’s Groundwater-based Natural Infrastructure (see below), or any other published or unpublished account that meets the criteria specified in the call. We will aim for broad geographic coverage and a wide variety of project types and scales.  The product document will be published as a UNESCO Report by Nov 2019.  This is advance notice of the call.  Please await the call to see the criteria.

… Posted 28 Dec 2018.

UNESCO Travel Scholarships to ISMAR10 –to support selected postgraduate students or early career scientists  from developing countries
– Applications closed on 30 Nov 2018, and applicants have been notified of outcomes.

MDPI the publisher of J Water has announced that its “MDPI 2019 Water Travel Award” is open now. MDPI is inviting applications from postdoctoral and Ph.D. researchers who will attend an international conference in 2019.
The award will consist of three prizes of 800 CHF (Swiss Francs).
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/water/awards Submit by 31 Dec 2018.


Host for ISMAR11 in 2022 has been selected.  Find out at ISMAR10.  If you’d like to host ISMAR12 in 2025 come to ISMAR10 and discuss with Enrique.

The working group on 60 years history of MAR has a paper in Hydrogeology Journal on-line that was published in September 2018, giving a global summary. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-018-1841-z . This is open access, thanks to UNESCO, along with national summaries for 16 countries also on the IAH-MAR web site at https://recharge.iah.org/60-years-history-mar  and a small set of photographs and explanations of MAR sites around the world.

In August 2018 Karen Villholth (IWMI, South Africa) conducted a GRIPP workshop on Groundwater Based Natural Infrastructure during Stockholm International Water Week. A web page was published on a range of 18 methods, predominantly MAR, to improve water management. This is part of the Groundwater-based Natural Infrastructure site.

The second special issue to be published out of ISMAR9 has was published in June 2018 in the Springer journal Sustainable Water Resources Management on the theme MAR in Integrated Water Management. This new special issue has open access only until 11 August 2018.  Open access to the author formatted final manuscripts of these papers on the IAH MAR web site is available here, by agreement with Springer. For more information, and list of papers, please see https://recharge.iah.org/thematic-issues-journals .Editors : Peter Dillon, Paul Pavelic, Adriana Palma Nava and Weiping Wang.

The first ISMAR9 special issue in the open access J Water edited by Pieter Stuyfzand and Niels Hartog was published in 2017 on the topic Water Quality Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge Systems, also contains 19 papers, and remains open for free access indefinitely. If you haven’t checked the list of papers yet please see https://recharge.iah.org/thematic-issues-journals