Gaathier Mahed during his field work in the Fractured Rock Aquifer of the Karoo Basin, South Africa.
ECHs from the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research at the University of Guelph sampling groundwater from multilevel level monitoring wells at a research site in the CFB Borden, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Ryan Kroeker.
ECH Olenka Forde during her field work within a project to characterize the pathways and mechanisms of methane migration related to shale gas development, Northeastern BC, Canada.


The Early Career Hydrogeologists’ Network (ECHN) is an official network of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) providing a forum for hydrogeologists at the start of their professional or academic careers.


The Coolest Paper Award is run every year with the objective of energize and engage the early career community in the discussion of new and exciting hydrogeology research worldwide. It is run entirely online and consists of two stages: nomination and voting. The definition of ‘cool’ has been deliberately left open to interpretation to inspire a wide range of nominations and voting.

Coolest Paper of 2016 AWARD

If your nomination is voted as the ‘Coolest Paper’ of 2016”, YOU will WIN a FREE book from IAH Series.

Nominations are open until March 31, 2017

‘ECHs In Action’ Photo Gallery

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