International Symposium Groundwater Sustainability

Venue (hybrid meeting)

in-person: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan

*In-person participation is limited

online: zoom


February 9th, 2024

13:00-17:40 (JST)


Groundwater is one of major water resources for agriculture, industry, and drinking water, and also important part of environment and culture based on diverse values. About 70 percent of global freshwater consumption is for agriculture and more than half of them is groundwater, therefore groundwater is strongly connected with food production. Groundwater depletion in local scale is connected with global economy through global food trade. Groundwater is also connected with energy. About 60 percent of costs for water allocations including groundwater pumping is from energy sector, and geothermal energy and heat pump are developing as renewable energy for sustainable society. Furthermore, groundwater is deeply connected to human wellbeing as culture diversity. In this symposium, we will discuss how global and local issues on groundwater are related in society, and what can we suggest for sustainable groundwater with transdisciplinary way in global and local scales.







13:00-13:10   Opening remark

13:10-13:50   Makoto Taniguchi (RIHN, Japan)

“Groundwater sustainability based on science and narrative”

13:50-14:30 Tom Gleeson (Univ. Victoria, Canada)

“Groundwater sustainability across scales: from partnering with Indigenous communities to contributing to global initiatives.“

14:30-15:10 Yoshihide Wada (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

“The changing role of groundwater in the global water cycle”

15:10-15:30 Break

15:30-16:10 Fumi Sugita (Chiba Univ. Commerce, Japan)

“Recent Developments towards new Groundwater Use in Urban Areas of Japan“

16:10-16:50 Kevin Hiscock (Univ. East Anglia, UK)

“Protecting groundwater resources and dependent ecosystems in water-stressed areas of Eastern England”

16:50-17:30 Discussion

17:30-17:40 Closing remark


IAH Japan

Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology (JAGH)

Japanese Association of Hydrological Sciences (JAHS)

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)


Registration fee is free for both in-person and online participants.

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Please register before February 6th, closing date for online registrations.