6th International Conference
Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring:
From Theory to Practice
NovCare 2019
May 28-31, 2019
Waterloo, Canada
Application of Direct Push -Technology for subsurface characterization ( Photo: Künzelmann(UFZ))

The NovCare 2019 International Conference (Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice) will take place May 28-31, 2019 at the Federation Hall and Conference Centre of the University of Waterloo. This conference, organized by the University of Waterloo, the Kansas Geological Survey and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, is the sixth 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, Kansas in 2015 and Dresden in 2017.

NovCare 2019 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 2019 will focus on two main topics:

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to monitoring multi-scale dynamic processes: Near real time data for decision making and modeling
  • Data fusion from satellites, drones, and terrestrial sensing

Following thematic areas are planned:

  • Advances in isotope tracers for subsurface characterization and finger printing
  • Characterizing frozen and melting soils
  • Advances in groundwater –surface water interaction and critical zone monitoring
  • Specific monitoring requirements in Ecohydrology
  • Emerging sensor technologies at all monitoring scales
  • Multiscale monitoring in fracture rock environments
  • Big data synthesis and aspects of artificial intelligence
  • 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?

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

Conference Organizers

University of Waterloo
Michigan State University
UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Guelph G360 Group
Water institute at the University of Waterloo


First announcement available

Dates: Tuesday, May 28 (evening icebreaker) to Friday, May 31 (wrap up by 3pm)

University of Waterloo, Federation Hall and Conference Centre

Abstract submission deadline:
March 15, 2019

Early registration fee:
until April 1, 2019

Registration Link


Contact us

NovCare 2019 European Coordinator
Uta Koedel (Sauer)
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

+49 341 235-1979
+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)

NovCare 2017 ( June 6-9, 2017 in Dresden, Germany)