Karst, Groundwater Contamination & Public Health
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:55am


This Karst Waters Institute conference will bring together karst and public health scientists, regulators, and community groups to consider overlapping topics of concern. Public health concerns for karst systems stem from the ease of introducing contaminants, the ubiquity of karst terrains worldwide, and pervasive use of karst water as a drinking water source. The primary objective of the conference is to develop a systematic framework for the study of problems connecting public health to contaminant transport in karst groundwater with the following specific aims: (1) bring together experts from both fields for cross-fertilization; (2) develop a conceptual framework for how contaminants are transported in karst; (3) identify particular adverse public health outcomes and prevention strategies resulting from rapid and long-term exposure relating to karst; and (4) communicate the meeting outcomes to the scientific community and general public.


The conference will take place in January 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Invited speakers will include specialists in the karst geology of Puerto Rico, current water-related public health issues in Puerto Rico, tools for investigating contaminant transport, and human health risks in karst terrains. There will be a mid-meeting field trip to see the San Juan Estuary Program and a longer post-meeting trip to the karst of Puerto Rico.