Members of the IAH Karst Commission are involved in a great variety of research projects and other activities, summarised on their individual websites. This section highlights projects with significant involvement of the commission.

World Karst Aquifer Mapping Project (WOKAM)

The World Karst Aquifer Map (WOKAM) is part of the World-wide Hydrogeological Mapping and Assessment Programme (WHYMAP) and intends to facilitate global water-resources management. The project started in 2012 and has received financial support from UNESCO-IHP and IAH. The project Scientific Advisory Board consists of several eminent hydrogeologists, most of them being members of the KC. The digital Global Lithological Map (GLiM) by Hartmann and Moosdorf (2012) served as an important basis. Many other regional maps, profiles and hydrogeological literature were consulted to improve the map, which was also validated by a large number of regional experts. However, the type and quality of information, as well as the availability of regional experts, is very different in different parts of the world. The detailed mapping procedure and the selection criteria for water sources and caves are described in a paper published in Hydrogeology Journal by the WOKAM team (Chen et al. 2017). The project management team was lead by Nico Goldsheider and included Augusto Auler, Michel Bakalowicz, David Drew, Guanghui Jiang, Zoran Stevanovic, George Veni (and several other experts who are not KC members).

The map is displayed at the BGR web site:

UNESCO project on Dinaric Karst Aquifer System (DIKTAS)

The IAH Karst Commission contributes to the project “Protection and Sustainable Use of the Dinaric Karst Transboundary Aquifer System” (DIKTAS) by sending experts to the Science Advisory Panel of this project. This project was a GEF funded, implemented by UNDP and UNESCO during period 2011-2014. The project partners were countries of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The project’s mandate was to improve understanding of shared water resources and to facilitate their equitable and sustainable utilization, including the protection of dependent ecosystems. This was the first ever transboundary aquifer project of that magnitude conducted in karst environment. The Project manager was our member Neno Kukuric, while Zoran Stevanović and Neven Kresic contributed or led by many project activities.

After successful project completion, now the second phase of the project: Improving groundwater governance and sustainability of related ecosystems would be prepared.

IGCP Project 598 – Environmental Change and Sustainability in Karst Systems

The aim of this project is to increase and improve global understanding of karst and water resources and their effects on ecological health and on human issues, which involve water supply, agriculture, and urban development (UNESCO/IUGS IGCP 598).

The KC Co-Chair Zhang Cheng is the project leader; KC members C. Groves, B. Andreo and Yuan Daoxian are among the co-leaders.

Karst Observatory

KC member Hervé Jourde has launched a karst observatory project, with involvement of other KC members and opportunities for cooperation in the field of karst research: