March 15, 2010

ISSUE N0. 72

    Hydro(geo)logy   Newsletter



Universiteit Utrecht





     The 72nd edition of Hydro(geo)logy newsletter.








                                 God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.

                                                                                                                 Albert Einstein.


























¨ The MSc course “Hydro-geological Transport Phenomena” that was given by Majid Hassanizadeh during the second period, has been given a rating of 8.27/10 by the students of the course. This is the highest rating of all Earth Sciences MSc courses given in the second period.

¨ Majid Hassanizadeh has been asked by NWO to chair the VENI Innovational Research Incentives Evaluation Committee, Science Domain and he has agreed. Majid was also the chair of this committee in 2009 .

¨ Vahid Joekar-Niasar has been selected to receive one of the Student
Congress Scholarships
in CMWR 2010.



Workshops, Lectures and Conferences


¨ Majid Hassanizadeh has been invited by the International Neighbour Group (ING) of Utrecht University to give a lecture for the members of ING.  The lecture is scheduled for the 26th of May, 2010, from 19:00h till 20:30h. Majid will most probably talk about qanats.


¨ The XVIII Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2010) conference will be held from June 21st until the 24th, 2010 at the Technical University of Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain, continuing the tradition of 17 previous biennial meetings held in North America and Europe. For more information 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.


¨ From the 2nd until the 4th of March, 2010,  an international symposium on "Microbial contaminant degradation at biogeochemical interfaces" (RaiseBio) was organized at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. The meeting brought together international experts, who are interested in the topic of bioavailability of pollutants and microbial activity in soils. For more information on the symposium, please click here.



Presentations, Visits and Conference Participations


¨ The article entitled "Fluid-Fluid Interfacial Area Under Non-equilibrium
by V. Joekar-Niasar and S.M. Hassanizadeh  has been
submitted to the
XVIII International Conference on Water Resources, CMWR 2010


¨ The following abstracts have been accepted for presentation from the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010.

· “Teaching geographical hydrology in a non-stationary world”, by M.R. Hendriks and D. Karssenberg, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-7183, 2010.

· “Development of a transient, lumped hydrologic model for geomorphologic units in a geomorphology based rainfall-runoff modeling framework”, by E. Vannametee, D. Karssenberg, M.R. Hendriks, S.M. de Jong and M.F.P. Bierkens, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-6734-4, 2010.

· “Global scale impacts of climate change on hydrological regimes” by F. C. Sperna Weiland, L. P. H van Beek, J. C. J.  Kwadijk and M. F. P. Bierkens.


¨ Professor Yan Jin, Professor of Environmental Soil Physics at Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, will be visiting Hydrogeology Group on the 15th and 16th of April, 2010. She is currently visiting the Group of Professor Dani Or, ETH Zurich. She is a leading researcher in the area of virus and colloid transport in soil and groundwater.


¨ Tom Bosma gave a presentation on “Combining genetic and stable isotope analyses for the assessment of natural attenuation at complex polluted sites” by Tom N.P. Bosma, Bas van de Zaan, Harry Veld, and Jan Gerritse during RaiseBio 2010. For more information on the RaiseBio Symposium please refer to the next section.



Articles and Publications


¨ The article entitled "PCE dechlorination within source zones investigated in column experiments" by M. Langevoort, S.M. Hassanizadeh, A. Leinjse and P.J. Kleingeld has been submitted to the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.


¨ The article entitled "Effect of fluids properties on non-equilibrium
capillarity effects; dynamic pore-network modelling"
by V. Joekar– Niasar and S.M. Hassanizadeh has been submitted to the International Journal of Multiphase Flow.


¨ The manuscript entitled “From local scale measurements to an upscaled capillary pressure-saturation relationship” by S. Bottero, S.M. Hassanizadeh and P.J. Kleingeld, has been submitted for publication to the Transport in Porous Media journal.


¨ The article entitled “Global pattern of change in runoff regimes for 2100” by F. C. Sperna Weiland, L. P. H. van Beek, J. C. J. Kwadijk  and M. F. P. Bierkens has been submitted to Climatic Change .


¨ 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. C. J. Kwadijk  and M. F. P. Bierkens is published online in HESS-D (Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 7, 687-724, 2010).




Projects and Proposals



¨ The following proposal has been submitted to the NWO Complexity Program:

Title: Non-linear catastrophic release of methane from gas hydrates.


S.M. Hassanizadeh (Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University) H. Brinkhuis (Department of Biology, Utrecht University), and

J.S. Sinninghe Damsté (Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University) .


¨ The following proposal is has been submitted to the NWO TOP GO Program:

Title: PoroFlow: a mathematical and experimental investigation of non-equilibrium effects in porous media flows . 


Sorin Pop (Department of Mathematics, TU Eindhoven) and

S.M. Hassanizadeh (Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University).



Environmental Hydrogeology and Deltares Academy  are organizing a Summer School on: "Upscaling and modeling of reactive transport in partially-saturated
porous media"
. The Summer School is going to take place in Deltares,
Utrecht, from the 2nd until the 9th of July 2010. The Summer School is
sponsored by
Boussinesq Center, InterPore and NUPUS. Here the flyer of the Summer School can be found. For more information on the Summer School please click here.