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  • 17 May 2012 | Updated 7 November 2012

Role of groundwater flow systems in the ecology of wetlands

Presenter: Prof. Okke Batelaan
Date: Friday 23 November 2012
Time: 4:00 pm


The development of groundwater flow systems concepts has had a tremendous influence on hydrogeologists' understanding of spatial and three dimensional groundwater flow relations.

As hydrogeologists traditionally are more focussed on subsurface phenomena, the link between groundwater flow systems and the landsurface has often been neglected or simplified.

Increasing interest in interdisciplinary research such as ecohydrology offers great opportunities to study groundwater flow systems for better understanding the occurrence of plant species and their dependence on groundwater.

In this presentation we will review where we came from with respect to appreciating groundwater systems and the ecology of wetlands as well as what are open issues in research.

Professor Okke Batelaan will present examples, groundwater and vegetation modelling methodologies, results and lessons learnt from case studies in Belgium in which vegetation, groundwater flow and systems information go hand in hand.

Scenario studies on the change of land use, climate or drainage and their impact via groundwater flow systems on wetlands are also discussed.

About the speaker

Okke Batelaan is Strategic Professor in Hydrogeology at Flinders University.

He recently moved from Belgium after having worked for more than 20 years at the Free University Brussels and KU Leuven.

At both universities he was guiding a large group of PhD students on a diverse range of hydro(geo)logical topics: groundwater modelling, GIS/RS supported distributed modelling, and ecohydrology.

The common goal is advancing our understanding of coupled shallow groundwater-land surface systems through collaborative efforts.

Chair: Dr Dirk Mallants

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