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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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Mineral Solutions to Global Problems

20 January 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Feeling the pressure in sedimentary basins: the periodic venting of hot fluids from within the Earth

24 February 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

The Water Book

20 April 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

What Coal Mining Hydrogeology Tells us about the Real Risks of Fracking

18 May 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

William Smith Meeting 2016 - Glaciated Margins: The Sedimentary & Geophysical Archive

02 - 03 June 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Course
  • Workshop
  • Field Trip

Groundwater and its Global Significance

15 June 2016

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Lecture

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

Climate change and Antarctica: the great ice sheet in the past, present and future

09 November 2016

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Bryan Lovell Meeting 2016: Water, hazards and risk: Managing uncertainty in a changing world

24 - 25 November 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
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