Themeday B




Climate change and adaptive water management in EU and beyond


–  incl. relaunch of Danish chapter of the IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists)



Vingstedcentret  -  Auditorium


Monday March  9, 2009,  09.30 - 18.30



Program preparation

Klaus Hinsby, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, GEUS

Karen Grothe Villholth, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, GEUS

Richard Thomsen, Department Head, Groundwater mapping, GEUS


Background, contents and target group

This one-day meeting is organised in connection to the annual national meeting of the ATV Foundation on Soil and Groundwater. The program focuses on climate change and inte-grated adaptive water management in relation to EU directives and on-going groundwater status assessments based on environmental standards and objectives for groundwater legitimate uses and associated ecosystems. The target group of the meeting is wide and includes authorities at all levels (municipalities, regions, regional environment centres, agencies and ministries) as well as consultants, water companies and scientists dealing with issues related to integrated water management and protection of water resources and ecosystems. The meeting will be held in English back to back to international climate change conferences in Aarhus (March 5-7) and Copenhagen (March 10-12), and partici-pants from outside Denmark are very welcome. The meeting will be concluded with the relaunch of the Danish Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).




 09.30 - 10.00

Registration and coffee


10.00 - 10.15




Session 1 - EU Water Framework and Groundwater Directives in a Changing Climate

EU member states have to assess groundwater quantitative and chemical status, based on legitimate uses and environmental objectives for associated aquatic and dependent terrestrial ecosystems and assure good status in 2015. This session focuses on the current status in Denmark, but also looks at global and climate change challenges.


10.15 - 10.50


Groundwater resource status and agriculture in EU and beyond

Stephen Foster, Director, World Bank – Groundwater Management Team (GW-MATE), past president of the IAH, 2004-08, visiting Prof. Univ. College London


10.50 - 11.10

Groundwater management in over-exploited aquifers in Mexico

Dr. Adolfo Chávez Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico


11.10 - 11.30

Groundwater quantitative status in Denmark

Hans Jørgen Henriksen, Senior Research Hydrologist, GEUS


11.30 - 11.45

Coffee break


11.45 - 12.05

Groundwater chemical status in Denmark

Klaus Hinsby, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, GEUS


12.05 - 12.25

Modelling N transport and degradation at catchment scale in Denmark

Professor Jens Christian Refsgaard, GEUS


12.25 - 12.45

Phosphorus sources, pathways, retention and loads in Danish catchments – a new risk assessments method.

Professor Brian Kronvang, NERI, AU


12.45 - 13.45




Session 2 - Climate Change and Adaptive Water Management

Climate Change will affect precipitation patterns, groundwater tables, runoff, and sea-levels globally. This session focuses on climate change effects and research needs for better understanding of hydrological consequences and possible adaptive measures.


13.45 - 14.20


Simulation of salt/freshwater boundaries in coastal aquifers under climate change

Dr. Gualbert Oude Essink, Deltares, the Netherlands


14.20 - 14.40

Integrated hydrological modelling with selected climate scenarios for assessment of future changes in groundwater levels and runoff in coastal areas

Torben Sonnenborg, Senior Research Hydrologist, GEUS


14.40 - 15.00

Impacts of Climate Change on groundwater resources in the weathered crystalline rocks of sub-Saharan Africa – Evidence from Uganda

Dr. Richard Taylor, University College, London


15.00 - 15.20


The EU white paper on climate change adaptation and challenges for Danish municipalities

Gyrite Brandt, Consultant, M.Sc., Local Government Denmark (KL)


15.20 - 15.40

Coffee break


15.40 - 16.00

Groundwater Use in Irrigated Farming and Links to Resource Availability, Poverty, and Energy in the Indus-Ganges and Yellow River Basins

Karen G. Villholth, Senior Research Hydrogeologist, GEUS


16.00 - 16.20

Climate change influence on large construction projects

Troels Lund, M.Sc. (geology), COWI


16.20 - 16.40

Adaptive and sustainable water management in an extreme climate – presentation of the CLIWAT project, EU Interreg North Sea

Rolf Johnsen, Geologist, Lead Partner, Central Denmark Region


16.40 – 17.00

Climate Change: Impacts, Costs and Adaptation in the Baltic Sea Region  – presentation of the BaltCICA project, EU Interreg BSR

Jan Krause Pedersen, Team Manager, Municipality of Kalundborg


17.00 - 17.20

The farmer as water manager - and adaptation to climate change – presentation of the Aquarius project, EU Interreg (North Sea Region)

Irene Wiborg, agronomist, Landscentret


17.20 – 17.30



17.30 - 18.30

Relaunch of Danish IAH Chapter  -  incl. current status and priorities of IAH

Stephen Foster, Director, World Bank