15-19 October 2013, Beijing, China

“Managing Aquifer Recharge: Meeting the Water Resource Challenge”

ISMAR8 was held in Beijing, China on the 15-19 October 2013. The symposium was promoted by IAH-MAR Working Group and the universities of Tsinghua and Jinan. The event was supported by institutions and companies such as UNESCO, China Geological Survey, National Natural and Scientific Foundation of China, Beijing Drainage Corp., Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science, Gaobeidian Sewage Treatment Plant, Beijing Hydraulic Research Institute, Jilin University, Beta Analytic, etc. 149 delegates from 27 countries attended the symposium, which included 6 workshops, 83 oral presentations and 38 poster were exhibited. A total of 121 papers were written, covering five thematic groups.

Download ISMAR8 Book of Abstracts (PDF, 11.8 MB)

Download Book of Posters P-ISMAR8 (PDF, 24.6 MB)

(external download link on DINA-MAR website)

Thematic areas

  • MAR for drinking water quality improvement
  • MAR for rural and irrigation water supplies
  • MAR in conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater
  • Mitigating geological problems using artificial recharge – land subsidence, earth fissures, seawater intrusion
  • Rainwater and stormwater harvesting via MAR
  • Reclaimed water reuse via aquifer
  • Advanced methods for selection of aquifers, sites and methods
  • Alternative recharge systems
  • Cost effectiveness of MAR
  • Innovation and integration in MAR
  • Community engagement and awareness in MAR
  • Institutional innovation for MAR – waterbanks and groundwater user groups
  • Integrated water resources management
  • Recharge policies, standards and regulations
  • Risk assessment and water safety plans
  • Fate of pathogens in the aquifer
  • Fate of pollutants of concern in MAR system
  • Geochemistry and hydrogeology in MAR
  • Groundwater hydraulics and storage recovery
  • Innovation in harvesting and storing flood waters
  • Management of clogging
  • Monitoring and modeling for MAR
  • MAR as a strategy for adaptation to climate change
  • MAR in karst aquifers

Thematic issues of journals

Selected papers resulting from the conference were published as thematic issues in three journals:

Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 73, no. 12, June 2015
Thematic Issue “ISMAR8 China”

Guest editors: Xuan Zhao, Weiping Wang

Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, vol. 20, no. 3, March 2015
Special Issue: “8th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge”

Guest editors: Zhuping Sheng and Xuan Zhao

Water, vol. 7, no. 2, 2014/2015
Special Issue: “Policy and Economics of Managed Aquifer Recharge and Water Banking”

Guest editors: Sharon B. Megdal and Peter Dillon

The open-access issue contains 14 papers most of which were developed from those presented at ISMAR8. This issue has also been published as a hardbound book and the issue and book are available from the thematic issue web site.