IAH Urban Groundwater Network



Formerly known as the IAH Commission on Groundwater in Urban Areas,
the Urban Groundwater Network was established on July 1st, 2011.

The mission of the Urban Groundwater Network is to:

1) further the development of science, engineering and management of urban groundwater and

2) foster the exchange of knowledge between Network members and other professionals

The Network is run by a Director aided by one or more Co-Directors:

Director: Helen Bonsor is a Hydrogeologist at the British Geologist Survey (BGS), and a Knowledge Exchange Fellow of the Natural Environment Research Council in UK, examining how environmental subsurface data can be integrated into urban planning approaches. She is actively engaged in the European Cooperation of Science and Technology (COST) Sub-Urban Action, leading a sub-task into European best practice in monitoring and regulation of urban groundwater and shallow geothermal resources.  Her main research interests lie in: Monitoring and characterising urban groundwater systems; understanding impacts of urban development, such as sustainable urban drainage schemes.  She also has a large research interest in International groundwater resource research - understanding issues of demand, vulnerability and access, and investigation of groundwater response to climate and demand pressures in Africa and SE Asia.  Through her work she is actively engaging with a wide range of practitioners and stakeholders in groundwater development in UK, Europe and Africa, as well as a wide network of European geological surveys, city partners, and several African research institutes and NGOs. Contact: helnso@bgs.ac.uk


Co-Director: Ken Howard In the past 40 years, Ken Howard MSc, PhD, PHG, PGeo, CGeol FGS has worked on groundwater projects around the world, authoring or co-authoring over 150 articles including 6 books. His interests range from aquifer recharge assessment and regional groundwater modelling to contaminant migration, seawater intrusion and the impact of climate change on global water resources. He has a special interest in the management and protection of groundwater in urban areas, and the importance of good urban water governance.

As a professional hydrogeologist, he is certified by the American Institute of Hydrology, chartered by the British Geological Society and registered as a Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, Canada. He has been a Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Toronto since 1981 and is currently enjoying a four-year term as the elected President of the International Association of Hydrogeology (IAH).
Contact: gwater@utsc.utoronto.ca

The Urban Groundwater Network is one of 14 Commissions/Networks currently supported by IAH. For a full list, please visit https://iah.org/groups/commissions-networks

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