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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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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

Water Rock Interaction 15

16 - 21 October 2016

Venue: Evora, Portugal

  • Conference
  • Field Trip
  • Workshop
  • Social Event

Engineering Group: Aberfan Memorial Lecture

18 October 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Evening Meeting
  • Specialist Group

Pro-Geo 2016 "The Year of Water in the South-West"

21 October 2016

Venue: The Kenn Centre, Exeter

  • Regional Group
  • Conference
  • Social Event
  • Workshop

5th UK Deep Geothermal Symposium

25 October 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

PG: North Sea – next life?

08 November 2016

Venue: The Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen

  • Lecture
  • Specialist Group
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