February 15, 2010
ISSUE N0. 71
The 71st edition of Hydro(geo)logy newsletter.
The scientific theory I like the best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.
¨ Vahid Joekar-Niasar will defend his PhD thesis on the 29th of March 2010 at 10:30 in Academiegebouw. The subject of his PhD thesis is “The Immiscibles; Capillarity Effects in Porous Media; Pore-Network Modeling”.
The members of the Thesis Evaluation Committee are:
Michael Celia, Princeton University
Olga Vizika, Institute Francais du Petrol
Helge Dahle, University of Bergen
Rainer Helmig, Stuttgart University
Brent Lindquist, Stony Brook University
¨ Majid Hassanizadeh has been invited and has accepted, to be an Editorial Board member of a new journal that has been planned with World Scientific. The journal is a large-scale one, and will cover all areas of water like Hydraulics; Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology; Subsurface Hydrology and Soil Sciences; Water Resources Planning and Management; Water Crisis, Conflicts, and Policy; Water
¨ Professor Kambiz Vafai who is the Editor-in-Chief of a new journal called “Special Topics and Reviews in Porous Media; An International Journal”, has invited Majid Hassanizadeh to be a member of the Editorial Board.
¨ Associate Professor’s Martin Hendriks book entitled “Introduction to Physical Hydrology” has been published by Oxford University Press and is now available. Here the Online Resource Centre accompanying the book can be found. The book is on display at the Department of Physical Geography in the Zonneveldvleugel (2nd floor).
¨ NUPUS can award two scholarships each year to students to carry out their M.Sc. thesis. Here the first announcement for this year can be found. The duration is 6 months, from 1st April 2010 and applications have to be submitted by 5th March 2010. Please note that a prerequisite for a Dutch student is to come to Stuttgart to carry out the thesis.
¨ Brijesh Kumar Yadav has been nominated by Punjab Technical University in India to be the external examiner for evaluation of thesis of Mr. Umesh Garg for award of Ph.D. degree. The topic of his research is the “Study on characterization and treatment of industrial waste for toxic heavy metals”.
Workshops, Lectures and Conferences
¨ Utrecht University is offering a Summer School on: "Upscaling and modeling of reactive transport in partially-saturated porous media". The Summer School is going to take place in Utrecht University from the 2nd until the 9th of July 2010. Here the flyer of the Summer School can be found. For more information on the Summer School please click here.
¨ The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 (EGU) will take place in Vienna from the 2nd until the 7th of May 2010. The EGU General Assembly 2010 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Especially for young scientists the EGU appeals to provide a forum to present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geosciences.
Presentations, Visits and Conference Participations
¨ The following articles have been submitted to the EGU Conference in Vienna.
· “Teaching geographical hydrology in a non-stationary world” by Martin R. Hendriks and Derek Karssenberg,
· “The use of spatio-temporal correlation to forecast critical transitions” by Derek Karssenberg and Marc F. P. Bierkens,
· “Changes in catchment hydrology in relation to vegetation recovery: a comparative modelling experiment accepted in HS4.11”, by Noemí Lana-Renault, D.J. Karssenberg and M.F.P. Bierkens,
· “Large scale groundwater modeling using globally available datasets: A test for the Rhine-Meuse basin” by H. Sutanudjaja, S. de Jong, F.C. van Geer and M.F.P. Bierkens,
· “Global scale detection of impacts of climate change on hydrological regimes”, by F.C. Sperna Weiland, L.P.H. van Beek, J. Jwadijk and M.F.P. Bierkens,
· “Skill assessment of a global hydrological model in reproducing flow extremes” by N. Candogan-Yossef, J.Kwadijk, L.P.H. van Beek and M.F.P. Bierkens,
· “Climate change and hydrological response in a glaciated catchment in the Himalayas” by Walter Immerzeel et al.
Articles and Publications
¨ The article entitled “Network Model Investigation of Interfacial Area, capillary Pressure and Saturation Relationships in Granular Porous Media” by V. Joekar-Niasar, M. Prodanovic, D. Wildenschild and S. M. Hassanizadeh in the Water Resources Research Journal and is now available online.
¨ The article entitled “Upscaling transport of adsorbing solutes in porous media: pore‐network modeling” by A. Raoof, A. Leijnse and S.M. Hassanizadeh has been submitted to Vadose Zone Journal.
¨ The manuscript entitled: "Non-equilibrium Effects in Capillarity and Interfacial Area in Two-Phase Flow: Dynamic Pore-Network Modelling", by V.Joekar-Niasar, S.M. Hassanizadeh and H. Dahle, is now accepted for publication in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
¨ The manuscript entitled "Dynamics of Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media; From Pore Scale to Darcy Scale" by V. Joekar-Niasar, and S. M. Hassanizadeh has been submitted to the journal Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.
¨ The article entitled “Application and Evaluation of a New Passive Sampler for Measuring Average Solute Concentrations in a Catchment Scale Water Quality Monitoring Study” by J.C. Rozemeijer, Y. Van der Velde, H. De Jonge, F.C. Van Geer, H.P. Broers and M.F.P. Bierkens has been accepted for publication in Environmental Science and Technology.
¨ The 2010 Opinion Paper entitled “Hydrologists, bring out shovels and garden hoses and hit the dirt!” by M.G. Kleinhans, M.F.P. Bierkens and M. van de Perk has been accepted for publication in Opinions in Hydrology and Earth System Science (HESS).
¨ The article entitled “The ability of a GCM-forced hydrological model to reproduce global discharge variability” by F.C. Sperna Weiland, L.P.H. van Beek, J. Kwadijk and M.F.P. Bierkens has been submitted to Hydrology and Earth System Science.
¨ The article entitled “Global pattern of change in runoff regimes for 2100” by F.C. Sperna Weiland, L.P.H. van Beek, J. Jwadijk and M.F.P. Bierkens has been submitted to Climatic Change.
¨ The article entitled “Using field scale measurements of flow route contributions to improve integrated model representations of dynamic
groundwater-surface water interactions” by J.C. Rozemeijer, Y. van der Velde, R.G. McLaren, F.C. van Geer , H.P. Broers, and M.F.P Bierkens has been submitted to Water Resources Research.
Projects and Proposals
¨ A research program called BioGeoCivil that was submitted to STW has been approved with a budget of 3.9 million euros. The applicants are :
· Tim Grotenhuis of Wageningen University,
· Majid Hassanizadeh and Ruud Schotting from Utrecht University.
The program is now open for pre-proposals. The deadline for submission is the 10th of March 2010. A Program Committee will decide on the suitability of pre-proposals; those accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Majid Hassanizadeh is a member of the Program Committee.
¨ The following research proposal have been submitted:
· NWO-VENI scheme, Walter Immerzeel: Climate Change, the World’s Water Towers and Food Security (ALW)
· NWO VIDI scheme
1) Derek Karssenberg: Coupled field-agent modelling: a new modeling paradigm for the earth sciences (STW)
2) Rens van Beek: The Continental Carbon Conveyor Belt: carbon supply, storage and transfer along rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands (ALW)