Geochemistry reaches out to find sources of groundwater pollution, told TPU scientists at BRICS Network University workshop

A BRICS Workshop: Water Environmental Protection and Water Resources Management is currently held at Hohai University in China. It brought together participants from over 10 universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. They discuss water environment protection, water treatment and water recourses management in BRICS countries. TPU scientists work within an international group Water Resources and Pollution Neutralization. 

The Network University is a joint educational project of BRICS countries consisting of Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa. It is aimed to enhance the quality of education and train highly-qualified staff, to establish a unified educational space, to foster academic mobility and resource integration for research. In this project, Russia is represented by 12 universities. Tomsk Polytechnic coordinates the national participation in the group engaged in water resource issues.

As.Prof. Evgeniya Soldatova from the Geology Department, representing TPU at the workshop, tells:

‘In particular, at the first meeting very acute issues were raised. This includes modeling and forecasting the changes in groundwater and surface runoff due to global climate change that is of great importance for South Africa because this country suffers from water scarcity.

We also discussed a sponge city concept elaborated by Chinese scientists to prevent flooding within urban areas and the pros and cons of modern water treatment technologies.’

Tomsk scientists told their international colleagues about the peculiarities of forming groundwater in agricultural regions and possibilities of modern geochemistry to reveal the sources of groundwater pollution.

‘Inside of our working group we also discuss the prospects of research and opportunities for network interaction to implement joint academic programs. It is planned that in the short term, one of the programs will be a master program Pure Water designed at the TPU Geology Department. The program’s curriculum implies the participation of NIT Durgapur (India) and Hohai University (Nanjing, China),’ says the scientist.