Prof. Michael Berg
Head of Department, Department of Water Resources and Drinking Water
Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
Title of keynote presentation:
Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP): A new on-line GIS tool for risk forecasting and managing of geogenic groundwater contamination
Dr. Berg is an environmental scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) where he heads the Department Water Resources and Drinking Water. He received a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His research focuses on the occurrence, fate and behavior of organic and inorganic contaminants in groundwater and surface water environments, with a specific interest in biogeochemical processes. Since 1998 he has been involved in environmental issues in Vietnam, Cambodia and China where groundwater arsenic and manganese contamination are of major concern. His research was awarded with the medal of honour from the Government of Vietnam. He further was engaged in large-scale groundwater surveys and arsenic risk modelling of Pakistan, Sumatra and Burkina Faso. A recent interest is the Amazon Basin where surprisingly little is known about groundwater quality. In the last decade his group has pioneered in geospatial risk modelling of geogenic contaminants at local to global scales, with the latest outcome being the free groundwater assessment platform GAP (www.gapmaps.org). He has authored and co-authored numerous research articles in international top journals. Several of his (co-)authored studies had significant impacts on society and were highlighted in public media around the globe.