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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.

Events

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Rifts III: Catching the Wave

22 - 24 March 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference

Research in Progress Meeting: Geochemistry Group

30 - 31 March 2016

Venue: University of Leeds

  • Conference

European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2016

17 - 22 April 2016

Venue: Vienna, Austria

  • Conference

The Water Book

20 April 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Searching for Water on Mars and Europa

11 May 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Evening Meeting
  • Specialist Group

14th Groundwater Modellers' Forum and Darcy Lecture

16 May 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Workshop
  • Lecture

What Coal Mining Hydrogeology Tells us about the Real Risks of Fracking

18 May 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

QRA Field Meeting 2016

20 - 23 May 2016

Venue: Portree, Isle of Skye

  • Field Trip

QRA Isle of Skye Field Trip

20 - 23 May 2016

Venue: Isle of Skye

  • Field Trip

William Smith Meeting 2016 - Glaciated Margins: The Sedimentary & Geophysical Archive

02 - 03 June 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Course
  • Workshop
  • Field Trip
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