Groundwater Special Issue: Advances in Thermal Use of Groundwater

NGWA is announcing a call for papers for a special issue of Groundwater® that will focus on “Advances in Thermal Use of Groundwater.”

With the rapid growth of shallow/ambient geothermal energy systems (GES) for heating, cooling, and aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES), groundwater flow and heat transport modelling are becoming an essential tool for urban resource management as well as for the planning, design, and implementation of GES.

For assessing the impacts and interactions of the increasing applications of GES within the wider natural and built environments, the development of more advanced assessment and management tools are indispensable. Only in this way can the sustainability of individual systems be ensured alongside the balanced and sustainable sharing of the wider groundwater and thermal resources.

This special issue of Groundwater will aim is to provide a platform to showcase and discuss recent advances and applications in groundwater flow and heat transport modeling for GES.

We are particularly interested in model applications within the context of urban environments, including resource planning and management, assessment of impacts and risk of interference, inverse modeling of thermal response tests or thermal tracer tests, and integrated modeling that assesses interactions between natural and built environments, as well as novel approaches in GES modeling, model parameterization, calibration, and validation/testing.

Multidisciplinary modeling of thermal and hydrodynamic interactions with the environment (e.g., microbial impacts, geochemical interactions, geophysical assessments) are also welcome for submission including thermoreactive transport modeling, and studies that assess qualitative impacts of GES and/or explore (potential) legal issues linked to their operation.

The guest editors of the special issue are Corinna Abesser (, Jannis Epting (, Alejandro García Gil (, and Yu-Feng Forrest Lin ( If interested, please submit a brief synopsis of your proposed manuscript to one of the guest editors by August 31, 2021. All submitted manuscripts are subject to the normal Groundwater review process.