El Grup d'Hidrologia Subterrània realitza recerca, docència i transferència del coneixement a la societat en el camp de la hidrogeologia i la geoquímica. Està format per personal de UPC i CSIC que es complementen, interaccionant i formant sinèrgies. El GHS treballa en la caracterització de mitjans permeables a través de dades hidràuliques i hidroquímiques. Les aplicacions comprenen l’avaluació de recursos d'aigua subterrània, gestió d'aqüífers, estudi de zones humides, intrusió marina i emmagatzematge subterrani de residus i CO2.

The Hydrogeology Group studies the characterisation of permeable media using hydraulic and hydrochemical data as well as environmental isotopes. The applications developed consist in the study of groundwater resources, aquifer management, humid and swamp zones, salt water intrusion, underground residual storage and the unsaturated zone. The quantitative methods used, such as the numerical modelling of flow and mass transport, focus on the regional or local scale. Some of the group?s members carry out numerical modelling and others work on data acquisition. The group often collaborates with the International Hydrogeology Centre.

The Hydrogeology Group studies the characterisation of permeable media using hydraulic and hydrochemical data as well as environmental isotopes. The applications developed consist in the study of groundwater resources, aquifer management, humid and swamp zones, salt water intrusion, underground residual storage and the unsaturated zone. The quantitative methods used, such as the numerical modelling of flow and mass transport, focus on the regional or local scale. Some of the group?s members carry out numerical modelling and others work on data acquisition. The group often collaborates with the International Hydrogeology Centre.

Recent Submissions

  • Six artificial recharge pilot replicates to gain insight into water quality enhancement processes 

    Valhondo González, Cristina; Martínez Landa, Lourdes; Carrera Ramírez, Jesús; Díaz Cruz, Sílvia; Amalfitano, Stefano; Levantesi, Caterina (2020-02)
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    The processes that control water quality improvement during artificial recharge (filtering, degradation, and adsorption) can be enhanced by adding a reactive barrier containing different types of sorption sites and promoting ...
  • Reactive barriers for renaturalization of reclaimed water during soil aquifer treatment 

    Valhondo González, Cristina; Carrera Ramírez, Jesús; Martínez Landa, Lourdes; Wang, Jingjing; Almafitano, Stefano; LEvantesi, Caterina; Díaz Cruz, Sílvia (2020-04)
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    Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is known to increase available water quantity and to improve water quality. However, its implementation is hindered by the concern of polluting aquifers, which might lead to onerous treatment ...
  • Reports de la recerca a Catalunya: enginyeria civil i enginyeria de la construcció 

    Aguado de Cea, Antonio; Carrera Ramírez, Jesús; Mañá Reixach, Fructuoso; Oñate Ibáñez de Navarra, Eugenio; Robusté Antón, Francesc (Institut d'Estudis Catalans, 2000)
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    L’any 1995, l’IEC acordà iniciar un projecte d’elaboració d’estudis periòdics sobre l’estat de la recerca a Catalunya, anomenat Reports de la recerca a Catalunya. Amb el suport de la Generalitat de Catalunya, i coordinat ...
  • HEATSTORE: high temperature underground thermal energy storage 

    Koornneef, Joris; Guglielmetti, Luca; Hahn, Florian; Egermann, Patrick; Vangkilde-Pedersen, Thomas; Sif Aradottir, Edda; Allaerts, Koen; Viveiros, Fatima; Saaltink, Maarten Willem (2019)
    Conference lecture
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    Thermal energy storage technologies need to be further developed and need to become an integral component in the future energy system infrastructure to meet variations in both the availability and demand of energy. The ...
  • Particle density estimation with grid-projected and boundary-corrected adaptive kernels 

    Solé Marí, Guillem; Bolster, Diogo; Fernández García, Daniel; Sánchez Vila, Francisco Javier (Elsevier, 2019-09)
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    The reconstruction of smooth density fields from scattered data points is a procedure that has multiple applications in a variety of disciplines, including Lagrangian (particle-based) models of solute transport in fluids. ...
  • What are the main factors influencing the presence of faecal bacteria pollution in groundwater systems in developing countries? 

    Ferrer Ramos, Nuria; Folch Sancho, Albert; Masó Ferrerons, Guillem; Sánchez, Silvia; Sánchez Vila, Francisco Javier (2020-01)
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    Groundwater is the major source of drinking water in most rural areas in developing countries. This resource is threatened by the potential presence of faecal bacteria coming from a variety of sources and pollution paths, ...
  • How does water-reliant industry affect groundwater systems in coastal Kenya? 

    Ferrer Ramos, Nuria; Folch Sancho, Albert; Lane, Mike; Olago, Dan; Katuva, Jacob; Thomson, Patrick; Jou Claus, Sonia; Hope, Rob; Custodio Gimena, Emilio (Elsevier, 2019-12)
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    The industrialization process taking place in Africa has led to an overall increase in groundwater abstraction in most countries in the continent. However, the lack of hydrogeological data, as in many developing countries, ...
  • Groundwater hydrodynamics of an Eastern Africa coastal aquifer, including La Niña 2016–17 drought 

    Ferrer Ramos, Nuria; Folch Sancho, Albert; Lane, Mike; Olago, Dan; Odida, Julius; Custodio Gimena, Emilio (Elsevier, 2019-04-15)
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    In 2016–17 much of East Africa was affected by a severe drought which has been attributed to Indian Ocean Dipole and El Niño Southern Oscillation conditions. Extreme events such as this have immediate and knock-on effects ...
  • Numerical equivalence between SPH and probabilistic mass transfer methods for Lagrangian simulation of dispersion 

    Solé Marí, Guillem; Schmidt, Michael J.; Pankavich, Stephen D.; Benson, David A. (Elsevier, 2019-04)
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    Several Lagrangian methodologies have been proposed in recent years to simulate advection-dispersion of solutes in fluids as a mass exchange between numerical particles carrying the fluid. In this paper, we unify these ...
  • AkvaGIS: an open source tool for water quantity and quality management 

    Criollo Manjarrez, Rotman Alejandro; Velasco Mansilla, Domitila Violeta; Nardi Ricart, Albert (2019-06)
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    AkvaGIS is a novel, free and open source module included in the FREEWAT plugin for QGIS that supplies a standardized and easy-to-use workflow for the storage, management, visualization and analysis of hydrochemical and ...
  • A bilayer coarse-fine infiltration system minimizes bioclogging: the relevance of depth-dynamics 

    Perujo Buxeda, Nuria; Romani Cornet, Anna Maria; Sánchez Vila, Francisco Javier (Elsevier, 2019-06)
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    Bioclogging is a main concern in infiltration systems as it may significantly shorten the service life of these low-technology water treatment methods. In porous media, biofilms grow to clog partially or totally the pore ...
  • Are dominant microbial sub-surface communities affected by water quality and soil characteristics? 

    Barba Ferrer, Maria del Carme; Folch Sancho, Albert; Sánchez Vila, Francisco Javier; Martínez Alonso, Maira; Gaju Ricart, Nuria (2019-05)
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    Subsurface microorganisms must deal with quite extreme environmental conditions. The lack of light, oxygen, and potentially nutrients are the main environmental stresses faced by subsurface microbial communities. Likewise, ...

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