Managed Aquifer Recharge: Water Quality and Reactive Modeling

Advanced Study Course

Barcelona, Spain

7. - 9. November 2016


Course outline

The overall objective of the Advanced Study Course is to contribute to the training of students and young scientists and professionals on scientific and technical issues of MAR, building on the outcomes and experiences achieved in the project. The course will focus on water quality issues and reactive transport modelling techniques for MAR sites.

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Target audience

Graduate and post-graduate students, PhD students, postdocs in the fields of geoscien­ces, water research, environmental research, or related areas; professionals aiming at im­proving or broadening their qualification. A certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the course.


MAR experiment in South Portugal MAR scheme in Israel MAR infiltration basin near Barcelona

Monday 7. November 2016

Morning session

09:00-09:30 Welcome and introduction to the course   Christoph Schüth (TUDa)
09:30-10:30 Fundamentals of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR): The concept of MAR is presented and requirements for its implementation conside­ring different water sources and different objectives are discussed. Also, the EU FP7 project MARSOL is introduced and an overview on the different field sites is given.  
10:30-10:45 Coffee break    
10:45-13:00 Technical solutions for MAR systems: State of the art technical solutions for implementing various MAR systems are presented. Perfor­mances of the different designs are discussed and the experiences made during long-term operation of such systems are presented, providing new advices on design, operation and management, not only at European but at international level.   Enrique Fernandez-Escalante (Tragsa)
13:00-14:30 Lunch break    

Afternoon session

14:30-17:00 Water quality aspects of MAR: An overview on water quality aspects that have to be con­sidered in MAR installations will be given with special focus on organic micropollutants. Entry pathways and fate of these contami­nants are discussed based on hydrochemical boundary conditions.   Christine Kübeck (IWW), Christoph Schüth (TUDa)

Tuesday 8. November 2016

Morning session

09:00-10:30 Principles of water quality modelling during MAR: Fundamentals of solute transport and biogeochemical processes in the subsurface are presented. An introduction to geoche­mical and reactive transport modelling with special emphasis on MAR is given.   Henning Prommer (CSIRO)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break    
11:00-13:00 MAR water quality modelling case studies: Different MAR case studies and the related modelling approaches are presented, including deepwell injection studies, groundwater replenishment with highly treated wastewater and ASR (aquifer storage and recovery) of reclaimed wastewater. Fate of pharmaceuticals and arsenic mobilization is discussed in detail as examples of reactive transport modelling of redox sensitive species.   Henning Prommer (CSIRO), Paula Rodriguez (UPC)
13:00-14:30 Lunch break    

Afternoon session

14:30-17:30 Hands-on modelling exercises: Participants will setup, parameterize, and calibrate a conceptual reactive transport model for the modelling of redox zonation at MAR sites, and for the modelling of the fate of micro­pollutants and metalloids.   Henning Prommer (CSIRO), Paula Rodriguez (UPC)

Wednesday 9. November 2016

Morning session

09:00-10:00 MAR in the Barcelona region: Existing MAR installations in the Barcelona region will be presented, their monitoring and modelling concepts explained, and their performance discussed.   Xavi Sanchez-Villa, Albert Folch (UPC)
10:00-14:00 Field visit of MAR installations in the Barcelo­na region: The MAR site, located in Sant Vicenç dels Horts, 15 km south of Barcelona, consists of a settlement pond and a recharge pond. Water source is the local Llobregat River. A reactive layer has been installed at the bottom of the recharge pond in 2011 to enhance biodegradation of contaminants.   Xavi Sanchez-Villa, Albert Folch (UPC)

Closure of the course early afternoon

14:00-15:00 Wrap-up meeting to summarise the course's contents and discuss open questions
Collec­tion of evaluation questionnaire
Handing out of participation certificates

CSIRO = Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia; IWW = Rheinisch-Westfaelisches Institut fuer Wasser Beratungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Germany; Tragsa = Empresa de Transformación Agraria, S.A. Spain; TUDa = Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany; UPC = Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Catalunya, Spain.


Participation in the Advanced Study Course is free of charge.

All travel and accommodation costs must be covered by the participants.

Barcelona offers a wide range of budget ac­commodations, and low cost carriers fly to Barcelona from many places in Europe.


For application, please send a brief CV and a mo­tivation letter to the email address given below.

Participation is limited to 25 participants.

Deadline for the registration is 15 October 2016.

Contact for all inquiries and registration

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schüth

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institute of Applied Geosciences
Schnittspahnstr. 9
64287 Darmstadt


Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Campus Nord
Gran Capita
08034 Barcelona

Local contact person: Teresa Garcia-Tolosana 


Updated 11.08.2016




Demonstrating Managed
Aquifer Recharge as a
Solution to Water Scarcity
and Drought

An EU FP7 Project



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Darmstadt Technical University
Institute of Applied Geosciences
Schnittspahnstr. 9
64287 Darmstadt



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