Proceedings available of Geo-environment Conference in Oman

12 March 2001 - The Proceedings of an international conference on the geo-environment held in Muscat (Oman) last year are now available.

Organized by the Department of Civil Engineering of Sultan Qaboos University in cooperation with the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) and UNESCO, the Conference chose as its central theme the challenge of resolving environmental problems related to subsurface and surface–subsurface interacting domains, taking as its starting point the numerous opportunities offered by emerging technologies and their applications to enhance the efficiency, productivity and quality of the geo-environment.

A total of 52 papers have been selected by the scientific committee for the Proceedings. These focus on pollution sources leading to the contamination of ground water, the movement and fate of these contaminants in soil and ground water and the techniques for clean-up and remediation of contaminated aquifers.

Other topics discussed at the Conference include the applications of geographical informaton systems (GIS) and remote sensing as tools for studying the subsurface environment, as well as the laws and regulations governing subsurface pollution.

Papers were delivered at the Conference by specialists from Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In addition, a number of keynote addresses were made by invited speakers from UNESCO, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Oman.

The workshop follows up the recommendation from the World Conference on Science that ‘cooperaton between neighbouring countries or among countries having similar ecological conditions be supported in the solution of common environmental problems’ (para.29, Science Agenda).

For further information, please write to the Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman: musa.j.bin-hassan@unesco.org