IAH Award for Ghislain de Marsily

On the occasion of the UNESCO International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers (Paris, 6–8 December 2010), the IAH President’s Award was presented to Professor Ghislain de Marsily. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding international contributions to groundwater science and to furthering the Association’s mission to promote understanding and management of groundwater resources in the interest of humankind and the environment.

2010_G_deMarsilyIAH president Willi Struckmeier mentioned that Ghislain de Marsily meets both criteria and has moreover made outstanding achievements in communicating hydrogeological science. Within his scientific career, Dr Marsily covered a wide range of research fields, including basin analysis, fluid mechanics, solute transport, waste disposal, surface hydrology as well as hydrogeology and water resources management. His books on quantitative hydrogeology, fluid transport and geostatistics qualify Ghislain as a first class scientist and engineer and ground-breaking modeller in hydrogeology. He has always been willing to make practical use of his expertise, and his advice is greatly appreciated by expert groups in the French ministries of the environment, research and agriculture.