First Announcement of the International Symposiums on Karst Water under Global Change Pressure

11-15 April 2013, Guilin, China


Karst water is paid more attention under global change because of its sensitivity to environment. This is especially true in China, which has a total karst area of nearly 1 million km2. Several drought disasters happen widely here from 2009 to 2012. Seven provinces were affected and millions of people suffered from shortage of drinking water. To fight with the drought, hydrogeologists are busy in exploring water resources in karst area. It is proved that the similar disaster also happens around the world. So karst aquifer should be studied more thoroughly. On the other hand it is recognized that karst aquifer has the function of water regulation, bearing climate memory, being carbon sink or source, supporting ecosystem and pollutant absorption or degradation. All of these interesting things can be studied from the view of karst hydrogeology.

Dried water cellar in Donglan County, Guangxi, January 2010

Fig.1 Dried water cellar in Donglan County, Guangxi, January 2010

You are welcome to South of China, where the concentrated and well developed karst extends widely. There are also typical geo-environmental problem and persistent drought here. The big project on anti-drought is being done. We are looking forward to share your and our studied results and experiences on karst and global climate change.

Main topics:

The Symposium will allow the presentation in a wide variety of new and evolving hydrogeological issues and opportunities that include:

  1. Impact of climate change on karst water cycle
  2. The increasing disturbance on karst and their process, protection
  3. Carbon cycle in karst system
  4. Efficient management of karst water in extreme weather condition



Chinese Geological Survey, P. R. China

IAH Commission on Karst Hydrogeology


National Nature Science Foundation of China

Commission on Karst, Geological Society of China

Karst Dynamics Laboratory, MLR


Institute of Karst Geology, CAGS

International Research Center on Karst, UNESCO

Important dates:

September 2012: First announcement

December 2012: Second announcement

1 March 2013: Deadline for submitting abstract

15 March 2013: Notification about acceptance of abstract

7-9 April 2013: Training courses

10 April 2013: Checking-in for the symposium

11-12 April 2013: Meeting

13-15 April 2013: Field trip


Institute of karst Geology, Guilin, P. R. China

The splendid fenglin karst near Qifeng, south of Guilin, Guangxi

Fig.2 The splendid fenglin karst near Qifeng, south of Guilin, Guangxi


7-9 April, 2013: Training course on karst hydrogeology and geomorphology. The course is organized for everybody who wants to know as much as possible about the evolution history of karst morphology in Guilin, karst hydrogeology and its studied methods and technology.

11-12 April, 2013: Sessions with keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations will be organized according to the main topics of the symposium.

13-15 April, 2013: Two day or three days field trip is planned to introduce the karst landscape, major environmental geological problems and their countermeasures in Southwest of China

Field trips:

(1) Karst in Guilin

This selection is for training course before the symposium and the filed trips after the meeting also contain some parts in this line. It aims to show you evolution history of karst morphology and hydrogeology in Guilin, including fascinating Fenglin & Fengcong in Guilin, Hidden Hill Caves, Yaji Karst Hydrogeological Experimental Site, Maocun Karst Experimental Site, Rentou Peak and Old Man Hill.

(2) Major geo-environmental problems and their countermeasures in Guangxi

The trip is designed to show you several major geo environmental problems in karst area of southwest China from human activity and climate change and their countermeasure. You will see major environmental problems including drought and flood, rock desertification, water pollution from mine and urbanization. This line includes 7 spots, from north to south of Guangxi province.

Contact information:

Guanghui Jiang
Tel: 86 (773) 5821676

Cheng Zhang
Tel: 86 (773) 5837343
E-mail: chzhang@  

Qian Lu
Tel: 86(773) 5845576
E-mail: luqian@  


Institute of Karst Geology, CAGS
No.50, Qixing Road,
Guilin, Guangxi, 541004,
P. R. China 


Some photos related to the field trips:

Flooding in Yaji Karst Hydrogeological Experiment Site (Spring 31)

Fig.3Flooding in Yaji Karst Hydrogeological Experiment Site (Spring 31)

Lingshui spring which is the only drinking water source for Wuming county, Nanning

Fig.4 Lingshui spring which is the only drinking water source for Wuming county, Nanning

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