International Conference
Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice
NovCare 2015

Application of Direct Push -Technology for subsurface characterization ( Photo: Künzelmann(UFZ))

The NovCare 2015 International Conference (Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice) will take place May 19-21, 2015 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, a delightful college town in the central United States. This conference, organized by the Kansas Geological Survey, Michigan State University, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and the University of Tübingen, is the fourth conference in a series that has proven to be an excellent forum for exchanging ideas and experiences related to the challenges of subsurface characterization and monitoring. Previous conferences in the series were in Leipzig in 2009, Cape Cod in 2011, and Leipzig again in 2013.

NovCare 2015 will again provide an outstanding platform for researchers and practitioners from all over the world to share research on innovative methods for characterization and monitoring of aquifers, soils, and watersheds.

The six thematic categories of NovCare 2015 are (1) integrated characterization of the unsaturated and saturated zones, (2) characterization at the interface (stream-aquifer interactions, coastal settings, etc.), (3) opportunistic characterization (natural/anthropogenic stimuli and tracers of opportunity), (4) new tools for watershed characterization, (5) geotechnical site characterization, and (6) long-term monitoring.

We cordially invite you to participate in the conference and present your work, in the form of poster and/or oral presentations.

For more details about NovCare 2015 see


  • Conference location: The Oread, 1200 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66044
  • Airport: Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Flyer NovCare 2015

Look from the conference hotel The Oread towards KU


  • Early Bird Registration Deadline will be April 1, 2015
  • Information about accommodation available
  • Deadline for Abstract submission: February 27, 2015
  • Special Issue for NovCare 2013 in the Journal of Environmental Earth Science (Volume 72, Number 5, September 2014) published

Special Issue NovCare 2013


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Contact us

NovCare 2015 Organizing Office
Ms. Uta Sauer
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

Tel +49 341 235-1893
Fax +49 341 235-1837

Past Conferences

NovCare 2009 (May 13-16, 2009 in Leipzig, Germany)

NovCare 2011 (May 9-11, 2011 in Cape Code, US)

NovCare 2013 (May 13-16, 2013 in Leipzig, Germany)