7th International Conference
Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring:
From Theory to Practice
NovCare 2023
October 4-6, 2023
Valencia, Spain
Technology for subsurface characterisation and monitoring

Photo (top right): Künzelmann/UFZ; Photo (lower right): Butler/KU

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The NovCare 2023 International Conference (Novel Methods for Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring: From Theory to Practice) will take place October 4-6, 2023 at the Universitat Politècnica de València in Valencia, Spain. This conference, organized by Universitat Politècnica de València, the Kansas Geological Survey, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Waterloo, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, is the seventh 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; Lawrence, Kansas in 2015; Dresden in 2017; and Waterloo, Ontario in 2019.

After a hiatus due to Covid-19, we are delighted to be able to continue our conference series this year. NovCare 2023 will again provide an outstanding platform for researchers and practitioners from all over the world to share their work on innovative methods for characterization and monitoring of aquifers, soils, and watersheds.

The following thematic areas are planned:

• Emerging sensor technologies for environmental characterization
• Advances in groundwater – surface water interaction and critical zone monitoring
• Innovative approaches for subsurface data analysis and simulation (e.g. machine learning)
• Subsurface investigation in challenging settings (e.g. urban areas and complex sites)
• Airborne and remote sensing technologies
• Investigation of heavily stressed aquifers
• Crowdsourcing and citizen science methodologies in the environmental sciences
• Emerging contaminants (e.g. microplastics and PFAS)

We cordially invite you to participate in the conference and present your work. The abstract submission will open in April, and instructions and registration fees/link will follow shortly. If you would like to receive a notification when abstract submission and registration opens:

Please register your interest here

October 9th

On the 9th of October every year, the people of València celebrate the national day of their autonomous region. This is a historical commemoration of the date in 1238 when King James I officially entered the city of Valencia, freeing it from Moorish rule.

The celebrations start the night of the 8th with a stunning exhibition of fireworks and continue on the 9th with a civil parade, with the “Senyera”, the Valencian flag, presiding in the morning, and a Moors and Christian parade in the afternoon, all of them worth witnessing.
photo of Valencia

City of Valencia. Photo: Butler/KU

Conference venue in Valencia

Conference venue at Universitat Politècnica de València. Photo: Butler/KU

Conference Organizers

Valencia Polytechnic University
UFZ- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
University of Waterloo
University of Texas at Dallas
Kansas Geological Survey



Contact us

NovCare 2023 European Coordinators
Uta Koedel & Christine Liang
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Monitoring and Exploration Technologies

Past Conferences