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Find out more about 'themed years' in the Geological Society's Science Strategy (April 2014)

2016: Year of Water

2016 - Year of Water

Themed years are at the heart of the Society’s science strategy, and throughout 2016 we explored a wide range of water-related geoscience through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities.  

An understanding of groundwater and hydrogeology is crucial to addressing a wide range of societal challenges, from securing fresh water supplies and mitigating flood risk to extracting shale gas and other hydrocarbons and safely disposing of our nuclear waste.  But water also plays an important role in fundamental geological processes, many of which are the subject of continuing research.

  • Dewatering is key to the formation of sedimentary rocks. Studying the isotopic signatures of ancient waters and the organisms that were formed in them can help us characterise and understand past environments.
  • Water affects deep mantle processes, and fuels volcanic eruptions, determining explosivity and propelling eruption columns into the atmosphere. 
  • Water is also at the heart of our efforts to look for life on Mars and elsewhere.

The Year of Water provided an opportunity to share and debate emerging research, and to communicate to policy-makers and the wider public the vital role of water in how our planet works and how we can live sustainably on it.


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Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock Environments: Managing Catchment and Subsurface Resources

10 June 2016

Venue: Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Conference

Groundwater and its Global Significance

15 June 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Lecture

Martian Gullies and their Earth Analogues

20 - 21 June 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

Year of Water: Case studies in Engineering Geology

06 July 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • AGM
  • Evening Meeting

The Hydrogeology of Peat

07 July 2016

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

  • Conference
  • Specialist Group

Groundwater; Managing our Hidden Asset

13 - 14 September 2016

Venue: Bramall Music Building auditorium, University of Birmingham, UK

  • Conference
  • Specialist Group

EMRG: How groundwater flows through 'difficult' rocks

22 September 2016

Venue: British Geological Survey, Nottingham

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture
  • Regional Group

Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs

27 - 29 September 2016

Venue: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University

  • Conference
  • Field Trip

Water on Mars

12 October 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Earth Science Week 2016 Schools Event: Sustainable water resources for communities

13 October 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

  • Open Day
  • Workshop
  • Course
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