The Groundwater and Hydrogeochemical Group conducts research, teaching and knowledge transfer to society in the field of hydrogeology and geochemistry.
It consists of 8 career Researcher Professors (C. Ayora, J. Carrera, I. Queralt, J. Soler, J. Cama, E. Vázquez-Suñé, M. Dentz and V. Vilarrasa), 8 Postdocs (J. Lapeyre, C. Valhondo, J. Hidalgo, T. Aquino, J. Palau, L. Scheiber, M Pool and Ran Holtzman) and about 20 doctorands.
Many of our activities are coordinated through two "Consolidated Research Groups of the Generalitat of Catalunya": (1) Subterranean Hydrology Group of the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UPC) and (2) Group of Applied Mineralogy and Environment of the UB.
The group has published more than 180 articles in journals indexed between 2014 and 2017, has organized national and international congresses and has an important international dimension.
The Groundwater and Hydrogeochemical Group studies the hydraulic, chemical, thermal and mechanical processes that take place in permeable media. To do this, we use laboratory, mathematical, numerical and, especially, field methods (using hydraulic, hydro-geo-chemical and environmental isotopic data taken directly or through specifically designed tests). The group is active in the development of numerical modeling techniques, in the acquisition of field and laboratory data. In addition, a development line of geospatial data and information management, visualization and processing tools (geology, hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, etc.) has been consolidated. The group has 11 patents/registrations in the period (2014 - 2017).
The work of the group has an important application component. The applications include the study of groundwater resources, the management of urban aquifers, the study of emerging pollutants in urban aquifers and artificial recharge facilities, the study of wetlands, marine intrusion in coastal aquifers, water management in mining, interaction with civil works and mining (excavations, tunnels, extraction of fluids), storage of waste and/or its recovery, water decontamination methodologies (especially the acid drainage of mines), the study of the unsaturated zone and the study of the HTMC (Hydro-Thermo-Mechanical and Chemical) processes associated with the injection and extraction of fluids at great depth (storage of CO2, storage of nuclear waste, geothermal energy, shale gas, induced seismicity)

  • Artificial recharge
  • Emerging contaminants in groundwater
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geochemical modeling
  • Geologic carbon storage
  • Geomechanics
  • Geothermics
  • Groundwater modeling and inverse problem
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • Hydrogeology in mining areas and civil works
  • Induced seismicity
  • Low temperature geochemistry
  • Multiphase flow in porous media
  • Heterogeneity
  • Flow and reactive transport in porous media
  • Mixing and dispersion in porous media
  • Reactive mixing in porous media
  • Stochastic modeling and upscaling of porous media processes
  • Tools and software development
  • Urban hydrogeology


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