Mid June 2015, Dr. Andreas Antoniou joined the IGRAC team as researcher. Andreas is originally from Greece, but already lived in the Netherlands for several years carrying out his doctorate research on hydrogeochemistry. "After 5 years of doing research on hydrogeological and geochemical processes which took place on a scale which does not extend more than 100 meters from a well, I decided it was time to zoom out and look at things from another perspective. It is a new, interesting, and challenging "world" for me", Andreas said after joining IGRAC. After two years of good cooperation, Andreas got the opportunity to work at SPC in Fiji. Since groundwater in SIDS has always been his passion (and expertise), this was an opportunity he simply had to seize.
Andreas has mainly worked on analysing an extensive global database of various aspects related to transboundary aquifers identified across the world (TWAP). These data were obtained during a campaign organised by IGRAC and which brought together a large number of national experts who exchanged data and information. The data were further used to create the Transboundary Aquifers Information Management System, an online platform hosting all information in the form of thematic risk maps. In addition, Andreas was involved in groundwater monitoring workshops for SIDS (in Fiji).
Andreas obtained a BSc in Geology in Thessaloniki, Greece, a MSc in Hydrology from the Vrije University of Amsterdam and successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled 'Addressing quality issues during potable water Aquifer Storage Recovery'. In the video below, Andreas briefly explains the thesis topic.
In the 5 years before joining IGRAC, Andreas worked as a scientific researcher at a water research institute (KWR) and carried out his doctorate research on hydrogeochemistry focusing on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) applications for drinking water purposes. He carried out field/lab studies to test remediation techniques, developed flow and reactive transport (water quality) models and published a number of scientific papers. In parallel he also worked on various projects related to aquifer management options and subsurface remediation of groundwater for drinking water production.
During his 4-month internship in Majuro atoll (Marshall Islands) in 2008, Andreas quantified and presented a plan on how to optimally manage the available fresh water resources. He achieved that by performing a series of geophysical measurements, aquifer tests, and flow/transport modeling. Moreover, Andreas developed monitoring strategies and trained staff from the local EPA to undertake monitoring and evaluation of groundwater quality.