Who we are

The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) is a scientific and educational charitable organisation for scientists, engineers, water managers and other professionals working in the fields of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. Founded in 1956, it has grown to a world-wide membership of more than 4000 individuals. IAH is truly a world-wide association, its efforts being made through its many National Chapters, Scientific/Topic based Commissions and Networks; its international team of Council members, and its UK based Secretariat.  

Mission and aims

Our mission is to further the understanding, wise use and protection of groundwater resources throughout the world.

IAH aims to be a leading international society for the science and practice of hydrogeology and to be a globally recognised information source and facilitator for the transfer of groundwater knowledge. We endeavour to raise awareness of groundwater issues and work with national and international agencies to promote the use of groundwater to ensure ready access to safe drinking water. IAH also promotes the protection of aquifers against pollution, the improvement of aquifer storage and the management of groundwater resources to assure the sustainability of groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

Please note that professional accreditation in Australia is provided by National professional bodies. It is beyond the mission of IAH, as an international volunteer-run society, to provide accreditation within Australia.

Hydrogeology Journal

IAH’s Hydrogeology Journal is a premier journal for groundwater professionals, with eight issues (about 200 articles) per year. Since its inception in 1992 it has acquired a large readership worldwide.

Hydrogeology Journal is published by Springer Nature. Authors are able to choose whether to publish open access, or publish the article by the no-fee route by which only journal subscribers and IAH members will have full access.

More information and access to the Hydrogeology Journal is via the IAH International Website

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