12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference

on Groundwater-Soil-Systems

and Water Resource Management

AquaConSoil 2013 TECHNICAL TOURS on April 19, 2013

Tours can be booked when you run the registration procedure

( > registration). EUR 10 per person for each tour (all parallel);

Please note: Only those tours will take place that have been booked by a minimum number of participants. The tours are not suitable for disabled persons.

Please download here detailed tour information.


Characterization with respect to geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, microbiology and isotopic composition of main pollutants at a fractured bedrock aquifer.

Start 12:30 h, end approximately 18:30 h; total travel time of 3 hours by bus included.

Max. number of participants: 50


Europe´s most modern desalting plant.

Start 12:30, end approximately 15:30 h; total travel time of 1.5 hours by bus included

Max. number of participants: 50


recharge / ponds for water storage + LLOBREGAT facility for WASTE WATER REUSE.

Start 12:30 h, end approximately 17:30 h; total travel time of 2 hours by bus included.

Max. number of participants: 25. Please wear comfortable shoes for a about 10 min walk + 10 min for a round trip (in case of rain this part will be skipped).

4 FÒRUM DE BARCELONA  (CCIB zone); Example for a successful former brownfield development  + WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT OF BESÒS RIVER; One of world's largest wastewater treatment plants.

Start 12:30 h, end approximately 16:30 h; sites located at 10–15 minutes walking distance from conference centre. This tour includes at least 40 min of walking divided into 4 parts and a tram ride (2 stops).

Max. number of participants: 50

5 IRTA CENTRE (CABRILS, BARCELONA) Pilot plant of horizontal subsurface-flow constructed wetlands for biological denitrification of ornamental pot plant leachates. + Pilot Composting Plant for local raw material as alternatives to peat bog use + CSIA approach (Compound Specific Isotope Analysis) at a nitrate-polluted aquifer.

Start 12:30 h, end approximately 17:30 h; total travel time of 2 hours by bus included.

Max. number of participants: 50 (two groups of 25 persons each)  

6 IN SITU DNAPL REMEDIATION IN THE BARCELONA PORT AREA (Zona Franca). Innovative sub surface in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) injection and recirculation system using alkaline activated Klozur® persulfate with surfactants

Start 12:30 h, end time approximately 14:45 h; total travel time of 40 minutes by bus included.

Max. number of participants: 50


EcoWater – how to achieve more with less | Thur, 18th April | 9:00–17:30 h

EcoWater (EU FP7 Project) develops indicators, methodologies and analytical tools to assess eco-efficiency of water use by different sectors at the meso-level. Eco-efficiency looks at how more value can be achieved with less environmental pressure, while the meso-level deals with the level of analysis; the watersystem, where interdependent dynamics occur among heterogeneous actors. Two of the Project Case Studies deal with agricultural water systems to assess the environmental and economic performance of different innovations in agricultural management and water use, with the aim of developing policy recommendations for their uptake. The EcoWater Event will take place parallel to the AquaConSoil conference and will focus on highlighting the key concepts and importance of the meso-level, eco-efficiency metrics, and eco-innovation by presenting their application in the agricultural sector and discussing the implications of the results obtained thus far in the Project. The event, which will include presentations and discussion sessions, is organized along 4 blocks; setting the scene on eco-efficiency and meso-level, eco-efficiency indicators and how to measure these, assessing technology impacts and analyzing scenarios in a panel discussion. learn more

COURSE – Introduction to compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) on contaminated sites | Mon, 15th April | 14:45–16:45 h

Over the last three decades, compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) has evolved from the state of laboratory studies to a highly sensitive field assessment tool. Owing to this intense development, the method has become cost effective and is increasingly used to gain key information on released organic compounds in the environment that common concentration measurements cannot reveal. This tool has proven its reliability and robustness to demonstrate biodegradation of organic compounds in groundwater, and to differentiate sources of contaminant on the same site. Assessments using this tool have been carried out on numerous sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOC), such as petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents. Moreover, the increasing number of academic and commercial laboratories offering the analysis in addition to the recent release of an application Guideline attest the growing interest in this assessment tool.  learn more


GET TOGETHER & REGISTRATION | Mon, 15th April | 17:30–19:30 h, CCIB | incl.

The Get Together will take place at the Entrance Hall of our conference venue CCIB. Let’s gather at a glass of Cava and Spanish delicacies to get in the right mood for a great conference in Barcelona. (Registration will also be possible the next morning from 8:00 h.)

CONFERENCE DINNER | Thur, 18th April | 20:00 h, | € 50 | La Barca Del Salamanca

The Restaurant is situated at the Port Olympic, offering a fantastic view over the water front. Join the event and experience traditional Spanish dishes in an informal atmosphere. Don‘t miss that! (Address: Moll de Gregall 13–17, Port Olimpic, 08005 Barcelona (Yellow Line (4), Stop Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica) > Map)

16–19 April 2013

Barcelona, Spain

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