American Univesity of Beirut

Groundwater Hydrology (Hydrogeology)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Short description​

​This track focuses mostly on research related to groundwater flow and transport in karst media. Projects include the set up of the monitoring network for the acquisition of high-resolution data (climate and discharge) on poorly investigated pilot karst catchments in Metn and Kesrouane areas, specific short-term projects related to hydrochemistry, and monitoring of spring responses (hydrographs and chemographs). Projects also encompass the conceptualization and integrated groundwater modeling of monitored catchment areas. 

The purpose of this group is to introduce undergraduate students to Hydrogeology as a professional field that is only taught at a graduate level. It also aims at teaching the students materials and methods in applied hydrogeology from sampling methods, to stable and environmental isotopes, artificial tracer testing, pumping tests, discharge measurements using different techniques, and groundwater hydrochemistry analysis among others.


Coordinator​​

  • Prof. Joanna Doummar 
  • Projects
    • ​SNOW FLOW: Conceptualization of flow in a snow-governed groundwater catchment in Lebanon: A science- based approach for future guidelines for sustainable water management.​​
    • FEMAR: Assessment of suitability and feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) at a regional and pilot scale. 
    • KARMA: Karst Aquifer Resources availability and quality in the Mediterranean Area
    • PEER: From Monitoring to Modelling: Flow simulations on two karst pilot groundwater catchments (Lebanon) using spatially distributed numerical models: Applications for water management purposes.

Academic research experience internship opportunities 
  1. Particle size distribution analysis in water samples using a multi-sizer analyzer (Location Post hall; Labwork)
  2. Spring time-series ​data statistical processing: autocorrelative and cross correlative analysis​​




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