Karstified rocks of different lithology cover more than 10% of the continental surface of our planet. It is known that some 20% or even a few percent more of the global population largely depends on karstic groundwater but in many karst areas all over the world there are limited natural resources including absence of drinking waters. The problems of water shortage, equitable water use or water protection from pollution, become more problematic when they come to transboundary regions. The Dinaric region is a classical karst area where created borders of newly established countries after the civil war in 1990s resulted with an urgent need to create ambience for sustainable water management. The project DIKTAS is one of the first ever attempts to establish sustainable integrated management principles in a transboundary karst aquifer of the magnitude of the Dinaric Karst System. This volume presents selected papers from the conference held in June 2014 in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina including presentations of some of the project’s achievements but also number of other research results conducted in karst environments worldwide.
"I have found previous volumes on karst hydrogeology published by the International Association of Hydrogeologists(IAH) to be excellent texts, and Karst without Boundaries (…) is no exception.
Those who gravitate toward water resource management, policy, and more holistic karst studies will certainly find value in this volume. I found the greatest benefit of this book to be that it provides insight into different approaches for the assessment of a complete regional karst aquifer system, rather than simply site-specific studies."
Dr. Daniel H. Doctor in Groundwater vol. 55 (1), January-February 2017.
PART I: Management of transboundary karst aquifers
1 Dinaric Karst Aquifer
2 How confident are we about the definition of boundaries in karst?
3 WOKAM – The world karst aquifer mapping project
4 Groundwater flow in the Orontes River basin and the Syria–Lebanon water sharing agreement
5 Hungarian-Slovakian transboundary karstic groundwater management under the scope of enwat and transenergy EU projects
6 Development and protection of transboundary karst and karst aquifers in West Stara Planina Mountains (Bulgaria–Serbia)
7 An assessment of territory participation in transboundary karst aquifer recharge
PART 2: Karst aquifer characterization and monitoring
8 Optimal water management
9 Spring hydrograph recession
10 Characterization of selected karst springs in Slovenia by means of a time series analysis
11 Characterization of the influence of evaporite rocks on the hydrochemistry of carbonate aquifers
12 3D Spatial modelling of karst channels
13 A field work oriented approach for complex karst aquifer characterisation
14 Scale-dependent evaluation of an unconfined carbonate system
15 Characterization of karst system using modelling of rainfall-discharge relationship
PART 3: The water flow in karst: From vadose to discharge zone
16 Recharge processes of karst massifs in southern Italy
17 Water balance analysis of a vadose stream to discern hillslope hydrology in bare karst area (South West China)
18 Hydraulic behavior of a subthermal karst spring
19 Delineation of the Plitvice Lakes karst catchment area
PART 4: Engineering, sustainable use and protection of water in karst
20 Creating environmental impact indicators in dynamic karst system
21 Hydrogeological settings for underground dam construction
22 3D Conduit modelling of leakage below a dam situated in highly karstified rocks
23 Reactivation of karst springs after regional mine dewatering
The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) serves scientists, engineers and other professionals working in the field of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. IAH has two book series which are produced under the imprint of CRC Press in the Netherlands, part of the Taylor and Francis Group. IAH books have the common purpose of spreading the science and knowledge of hydrogeology and are products arising from IAH’s congresses and meetings, its commissions and networks, as well as a variety of other sources. Information is gathered from highly respected sources and include case studies, regional descriptions, analyses of sub-disciplines and outputs from major international programmes.
The first series is the Selected Papers, often referred to as the ‘green books’. These are collections of papers derived from Congress and other meetings which normally, but not always, were sponsored by IAH. They may also be a collection of papers derived from a programme of investigation that again need not necessarily have enjoyed direct IAH involvement.
International Contributions to Hydrogeology
The second series, International Contributions to Hydrogeology, the ‘blue books’, includes monographs on sub-disciplines of hydrogeology as well as outlets for major international investigatory programmes and collections of papers within a broad theme of international interest.