Keynotes

Keynote speakers listed in alphabetical order:

Marc Bierkens

Marc Bierkens (1965) holds the chair in Earth Surface Hydrology at the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University and was acting chairman of the department between 2009 and 2015. Since June 2021 he serves as Vice-Dean of Research for the faculty of Geosciences. He is also partly employed by Deltares. He received his MSc in Hydrology from Wageningen University (1990), a PhD in Physical Geography from Utrecht University (1994) and became professor of Hydrology at Utrecht University in 2002. Between 1994 and 2002 he worked as a senior scientist and team leader at Alterra Research Institute in Wageningen. Marc Bierkens’ fields of expertise are groundwater hydrology, ecohydrology, stochastic hydrology, hydrological regionalisation, congregationalist theory and geostatistics and global hydrology. His current research focuses on global scale hydrological modelling in relation to climate change and water availability. Marc Bierkens is fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is also a member of the European Geosciences Union and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and is editor of Water Resources Research. He was chairman of the Boussinesq Center, the network of university hydrology groups in the Netherlands (2007-2011) and of the Netherlands Hydrology Society (2011-2017), which represents over 600 Dutch hydrology professionals. He co-organised the IAHS ModelCARE conference in 2005 in The Netherlands. He was supervisor on 28 completed PhD theses and has been a committee member on 90. Marc Bierkens (co-) authored about 230 publications, 190 of which appeared in international peer-reviewed journals. He is principal author of the book “Upscaling and Downscaling Methods for Environmental Research” (2002), co-author of the book “Sampling for Natural Resource Monitoring” (2006) and editor of the book “Climate and the Hydrological Cycle” (2008).

Rainer Helmig

Rainer Helmig is head of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany His research covers groundwater hydrology, multi-phase flow in porous media, numerical modeling, and the analysis of coupled processes between the unsaturated zone and the atmosphere. Special focus is on coupling hydrosystem compartments and complex flow and transport processes, as well as integrating data and models. Emphasis in on fundamental questions about physical and mathematical modeling of multi-phase processes, developing algorithms accounting for fluid phase changes and structural media heterogeneities, thereby forming a basis for various model concepts (e.g. pre-dimensioning decontamination strategies and analyses of energy storage (gas, heat), including their effects on groundwater). Recent research focuses on understanding and modeling mass- and heat-flux processes across the land/atmosphere interface as controlled by dynamic interactions between the atmospheric boundary layer and the land surface. Contributes to developing new model concepts to enhance understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, evaporation and evapotranspiration processes, climate modelling, and salt precipitation.

Jan Nordbotten

Jan Martin Nordbotten is a professor of mathematics at the University of Bergen, working on problems inspired from geosciences, biology, and biomedicine. He completed his PhD in Bergen in 2004 at the age of 22 as the youngest ever in Norway, and became a full professor when he was 28. He has received national and international recognition for his research, including the inaugural SIAM Geosciences Junior Scientist award in 2009. Nordbotten has published more than 120 papers in collaborations with over 100 researchers, and co-authored together with Michael A. Celia the first text-book on modelling and simulation of subsurface CO2 storage.

Adriana Paluszny

Dr Adriana Paluszny is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London. She has a PhD in Computational Geomechanics from Imperial College London and has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery at ICL, as a Research Fellow funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council. She currently holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship that allows her to conduct research in the area of fracture mechanics and coupled deformation. Adriana is the recipient of the “Chin-Fu Tsang Coupled Processes Award 2019”, and a member of the “Commission on Coupled Thermal-Hydro-Mechanical-Chemical Processes in Fractured Rock” of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. Her research is primarily focused on the robust numerical modelling of multiple fracture growth in three dimensions, with applications to geomechanical modelling of fluid injection, hydraulic fracturing, rock drilling, effective permeability of fractured rocks, and emerging methods in computational fracture mechanics. She is interested in understanding how growth is affected by heterogeneities at multiple scales and how the interplay between fluid flow and mechanics affects these interactions. Adriana also runs the outreach project “Watson Forum”, micro-interviewing women in computational modelling and other STEM areas (https://www.youtube.com/c/modellingcareers).

Dominic Reeve

Dominic Reeve is Professor of Coastal Engineering in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. He led the Energy and Environment research group in the College from 2011 to 2018 and since 2018 he has been the Head of the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, the most prestigious research centre in the College of Engineering. His research interests are coastal flooding, coastal erosion, stochastic modelling, impacts of climate change on beaches. Author of over 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and contributing author to ‘Handling Uncertainty in Coastal Modelling’ in Flood Risk Science and Management Handbook’, Wiley-Blackwell (2010), ‘Terrestrial laser scanner techniques for enhancement in understanding of coastal environments’, in Seafloor mapping along continental shelves, Springer, (2015). He is the editing author of Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice, co-author of Hydraulic Modelling – An Introduction: Principles – Methods – Applications and sole author of Risk and Reliability: Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering, all published by SPON/CRC. He is the recipient of the 1995 International Gustave Willems prize by the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses for a paper on beach forecasting and the JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award from the Japan Federation of Ocean Engineering Societies, (2016) for work on sea defence reliability.

Monica Riva

Monica Riva is Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, PoliMI (Italy), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources of the University of Arizona (USA). Monica received her Ph.D. in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering from the PoliMI in 2000. She has been visiting Professor in several Universities and Research Centers, including the University of Arizona, the University of Strasbourg and the CNRS (France). Her research activity has been focused mainly on subsurface flow and transport dynamics, stochastic groundwater hydrology, probabilistic well protection zones, scaling in hydrology and model parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification, multiphase flows and groundwater management. One of her main contributions is the development of exact and approximated formalisms for the characterization of key processes governing spreading of conservative and reactive solutes in hydro-geo-chemically heterogeneous geomaterials by means of a rigorous probabilistic framework. She developed and applied innovative stochastic and upscaling techniques to study flow features of immiscible and miscible fluids. She has developed a theory (based on the concept sub-Gaussian mixtures) able to capture the (typically non-Gaussian) scaling behavior exhibited by many hydrological-hydrogeological-environmental variables. She has introduced novel metrics to perform global sensitivity analysis and ensuing uncertainty quantification across multiple interpretive models with uncertain parameters.
Monica serves as Elected Member of the Council of InterPore (International Society for Porous Media), Deputy Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at PoliMI and Rector Delegate for International Networks at PoliMI. She has recently coordinated the European Water JPI project “WatEr NEEDs, Availability, Quality and Sustainability”.

Jirka Šimůnek

Jirka Šimůnek is a Professor of Hydrology at the University of California Riverside in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Jirka received an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Czech Technical University and a Ph.D. in Water Management from the Czech Academy of Sciences. His expertise is in numerical modeling of subsurface water flow and solute transport processes, equilibrium and nonequilibrium chemical transport, multicomponent major ion chemistry, field-scale spatial variability, and inverse procedures for estimating the hydraulic properties of unsaturated porous media. He has co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed journal publications and has (according to Google Scholar) an h-factor of 96. His HYDRUS numeric models are used by virtually all scientists, students, and practitioners modeling water flow, chemical movement, and heat transport through variably saturated soils. Dr. Simunek is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). He is a recipient of the Soil Science Research Award (awarded by SSSA in 2019) and the Hydrological Sciences Award (awarded by AGU in 2021). He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Hydrology. http://www.pc-progress.com/en/Default.aspx?jirka-simunek

Dorthe Wildenschild

Dorthe received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Danish Technical University. She is a professor of environmental engineering at Oregon State University, conducting research focused on flow and transport in porous media, and addressing research questions concerning subsurface water pollution and energy-related storage. Recent work includes the optimization of geologic storage of anthropogenic CO2 in subsurface reservoirs; exploration of colloid-facilitated transport of contaminants in groundwater; biofilm imaging studies; microbial enhanced oil recovery; and investigations in support of more effective groundwater remediation techniques, including the effects of dynamic flow and wettability changes. She is currently the PI for an NSF-funded instrument development that has brought a state-of-the-art 3D imaging user facility to the Pacific Northwest, USA. In 2014, she was named the annual Darcy Lecturer by the U.S. National Groundwater Association.