5th International Conference
Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring:
From Theory to Practice
NovCare 2017
June 06-09, 2017
Dresden, Germany
Application of Direct Push -Technology for subsurface characterization ( Photo: Künzelmann(UFZ))

The NovCare 2017 International Conference (Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice) will take place June 6-9, 2017 at the main campus of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) in Dresden, Germany, a town with a famous historical centre. This conference, organized by the TU Dresden, the Kansas Geological Survey and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, is the fifth 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, Leipzig again in 2013 and Kansas in 2015.

NovCare 2017 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.

NovCare 2017 will focus on two main topics:

  • Environmental sensors at all scales: How to combine information from remote sensing, ground-based geophysics, direct-push-based methods and point sensor systems?
  • Benchmarking models with real-world data: How to get high-quality data in the field and how to use these data for reliable model predictions?

Following keynote Topics are planned:

  • Flow and transport in the saturated and unsaturated zone
  • Regional numerical modeling
  • Urban water cycle
  • Geophysics
  • Water scarcity
  • Remote sensing by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Benchmarking models with real-world data

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

Flyer NovCare 2017

Conference Organizers

Technical University Dresden
UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Kansas Geological Survey
Center for Advanced Water Research - CAWR


  • Your registration fee includes a DVB pass for the public transport. The pass is valid from June 07-09, 2017 for all DVB-lines (mostly yellow buses and trams) of Dresden's inner fare zone,  "S-Bahn" - trains are not included. You will recieve the pass upon registration.
  • Program is online (Link)
  • Welcome Reception (June 6, 2017, 6pm, Foyer of Building CHE – TU Dresden – Bergstr. 66, incl.)
  • Conference Dinner (June 7, 2017, 8pm, Restaurant “Alte Mensa” – Mommsenstr. 13, incl.)
  • Social Event – Steamboat Cruise (June 8, 2017, 8pm, Meeting: Wharf at Brühl's Terrace, registration and extra fee)


Fugro Consult GmbH
Eijkelkamp SonicSampDrill
Sensatec GmbH
Nordmeyer-Geotool GmbH
A.P. van den Berg

Contact us

NovCare 2015 European Coordinator
Uta Sauer
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

+49 341 235-1458
+49 341 235-1837

Past Conferences

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

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

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

NovCare 2015 (May 19-21, 2015 in Kansas, USA)