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  1. MSc in Geology with specialisation Hydrogeology;
  2. MSc (Ir) in Civil Engineering with specialisation Geo-hydro-engineering;
  3. PhD in Hydrogeology.

Key qualifications

  • Subsurface hydrology with emphasis on hydrogeology (groundwater recharge, groundwater evapotranspiration, groundwater exfiltration, groundwater modeling and groundwater management),
  • Distributed numerical modeling,
  • Ecohydrology, sap flow measurements, transpiration and interception mapping,
  • Remote sensing in hydrology,
  • MRS (Magnetic Resonance Sounding) and other hydrogeophysical techniques in hydrological applications,
  • Hydro-meteorological monitoring - design and installation of Automatic Data Acquisition Systems.

Employment record
1982 – 1992: Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Poland (in 1992, half year contract at TNO, Netherlands);

1993 – to date: ITC Faculty (International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation) of University of Twente, The Netherlands; Associate Professor in Water Resources Department.

Other
Dr. Lubczynski is a member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal of Applied Geophysics and serves as a reviewer for various international ISI journals such as: Nature Geoscience, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrogeology Journal, Ground Water, Water Resources Research, Near Surface Geophysics, Journal of Applied Geophysics, Journal of Hydrological Sciences, Hydrological Processes, Ecohydrology, Tree Physiology and others.

Dr. M.W. Lubczynski is a member of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and in National GroundWater Association (NGWA). Dr. Lubczynski attended many conferences also as keynote speaker: at the NATO Conference in Canakkale (Turkey) 2005, at the IAH Congress in Lisbon (Portugal) 2007, at the World Water Forum in Kyrenia (Cyprus) 2008, at the NATO Conference in Izmir (Turkey) 2010 and at the IAH Congress in Krakow (Poland) 2010.

Teaching

Hydrogeology, Groundwater Resources Evaluation, Groundwater Modelling, Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Groundwater Assessment, Hydrological Monitoring, Geophysics for Groundwater assessment. He supervised 36 MSc students and co-supervised many others.

Research interests

At ITC, Dr. Maciek W. Lubczynski is a member of the research theme Water Cycle and Climate and of the research cluster Hydrogeology and Ecohydrology. His broad expertise in hydrogeology, hydrology, ecohydrology, plant physiology hydrogeophysics, remote sensing, numerical groundwater modelling, hydrological monitoring and in space and ground data acquisition for integration in models allowed him to make various original research contributions in four research directions:

  1. Subsurface hydrology and integrated hydrological modelling with emphasis on groundwater recharge, groundwater evapotranspiration and groundwater exfiltration processes, all to improve groundwater resources management;
  2. Development of new, modern data acquisition techniques for integrated hydrological modeling, through application of modern hydrological monitoring, remote sensing, hydrogeophysics and tracers;
  3. Ecohydrology of tree-water interactions in water limited environments by: i) sap flow measurement of transpiration and its modeling; ii) field measurement and modelling of interception; iii) mapping transpiration and interception at the catchment scale by remote sensing upscaling of individual tree estimates;
  4. Parameterization of subsurface applying Magnetic Resonance Sounding and other hydrogeophysical techniques.

 

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Fig. 1: Concept of modern data acquisition and integration in hydrology.

 

Current, ongoing PhD research projects supervised by Dr Lubczynski

  • Tanvir Hassan (Bangladesh). Impact of climate change on groundwater resources.
  • Enrico Balugani (Italy). Partitioning of subsurface evaporation into unsaturated and saturated zone components. Collaboration with Wageningen University.
  • Moiteela Lekula (Botswana). Impact of climate change on groundwater resources in the Central Kalahari Karoo Basin. Collaboration with Botswana International University of Science & Technology.
  • Novi Rahmawati (Indonesia). Prediction of future sustainability of groundwater resources in Bali Island.

Completed PhD research projects supervised by Dr Lubczynski

  • Obolokile Thothi Obakeng (Botswana), 2007. Soil moisture dynamics and evapotranspiration at the fringe of the Botswana Kalahari, with emphasis on deep rooting vegetation. Library of ITC, University of Twente.
  • Diana Chavarro Rincon (Colombia), 2009. Tree transpiration mapping from upscaled sap flow in the Botswana Kalahari. Library of ITC, University of Twente.
  • Chandra Ghimire (Nepal), 2014. Hydrological impact of reforesting degraded lands in the Middle Mountains of Nepal. Library of ITC, University of Twente.
  • Leonardo Reyes Acosta (Colombia), 2015. Tree-water interactions at varying spatiotemporal scales in water limited environments. Library of ITC, University of Twente.
  • Alain Pascal Frances (France), 2015. Integration of hydrogeophysics and remote sensing with coupled hydrological models. Library of ITC, University of Twente.

Completed PhD research projects co-supervised by Dr Lubczynski

  • ZengshanDuan (China),1996. Optimization modelling of a river-aquifer system with technical interventions - a case study for the Huangshui River and the costal Aquifer, Shandong, China,. Library of ITC, University of Twente.
  • Tenalem Ayenew Tegaye (Ethiopia), 1998. The hydrogeological system of the Lake District Basin, Central Main Ethiopian Rift. Library of ITC, University of Twente. 
  • Piotr Wolski (Poland), 1999. Application of reservoir modelling to hydrotopes identified by remote sensing. Library of ITC, University of Twente.

Selected milestone research achievements

  1. Hydrogeological interpretation of the signal of the new hydrogeophysical technique Magnetic Resonance Sounding (MRS) in terms of aquifer storage and transmissivity;
  2. Hydrogeophysical data integration (MRS, GPR, ERT, TDEM+EM) in numerical distributed models to improve reliability of groundwater models and groundwater management;
  3. Isotopic (LiCl) confirmation of very deep (exceeding even 70m depth) tree rooting systems in Kalahari;
  4. Confirmation of relevance of Kalahari trees in groundwater balances;
  5. Development and validation of a novel cyclic thermal dissipation (CTD) method allowing to remove natural temperature gradient bias from thermal dissipation probe (TDP) sap flow measurements;
  6. Optimization of field sap flow measurements by application of various measurement techniques;
  7. Development of a method allowing to map tree transpiration by remote sensing upscaling of sap flow measurements;
  8. Development of a method allowing to source contributions of saturated and unsaturated zone waters in sap flow measured at tree stems;
  9. Development of MODFLOW based, MARMITE fully coupled hydrological modeling environment allowing to partition evaporation and transpiration processes and source their contributions originating from saturated and unsaturated zone;
  10. Experimental partitioning and sourcing of subsurface water fluxes at the footprint of eddy covariance tower;
  11. Use of MRS (Magnetic Resonance Sounding) measurements as constrain in calibration of groundwater models - MARMITES-MODFLOW case study;
  12. Assessment of hydrological impacts of reforesting degraded pasture land in Nepal;
  13. Development of a method allowing to map tree interception by remote sensing upscaling of site interception estimates;
  14. Use of integrated hydrological models to study the dynamics of surface-groundwater interactions in hard rocks;
  15. Use of integrated hydrological models to study the dynamics of artificial lake interactions with groundwater and streams;
  16. Use of integrated hydrological models to study impact of climate change on groundwater resources.

Current research projects

The current research of Dr. Lubczynski concentrates on hydrogeological and ecohydrological problems of water limited environments. He currently carries on field investigations in: Sardon Catchment in Spain, in the Madagascar Island, in the Central Kalahari in Botswana and in the Bali Island in Indonesia.

 

Study areas in Spain: Sardon Catchment area (developed by ITC, University of Twente) and Carrizal Catchment area (developed by University of Salamanca, collaborator of ITC).
Fig. 2: Study areas in Spain: Sardon Catchment area (developed by ITC, University of Twente) and Carrizal Catchment area (developed by University of Salamanca, collaborator of ITC).

 

1. Assessment of subsurface fluxes, surface-groundwater interactions and impact of climate change in hardrocks of Sardon Catchment (Spain) - the Sardon Catchment (~80 km2) is a research test area and education site of the Water Resources Department of ITC. The catchment is equipped in hydrological monitoring network since 1994. The network focuses on monitoring of groundwater (water table, temperature and EC/Cl), unsaturated zone profiles (soil moisture, matric potential, temperature and EC/Cl), microclimatic data (2 towers) and sap flow of trees (applying TDP and HFD methods). The Sardon Catchment was selected as research study area because of:

  • Mediterranean climate, typical for water limited environments;
  • remote, natural environment with negligible human impact; therefore particularly suitable for research on the impact of climate change on water resources;
  • typical savanna type of vegetation with only two different, sparsely distributed oak tree species (deciduous Quercus pyrenaica and evergreen Quercus ilex), i.e. vegetation typical for semiarid and/or arid conditions;
  • uniform geology - weathered and fractured granite, representative for hard rock areas;
  • shallow groundwater table, allowing for relatively easy installation of piezometers and for monitoring of groundwater;
  • logistical convenience – EU country, friendly people, proximity of academic town of Salamanca providing opportunity for scientific collaborations.
Eddy covariance tower to monitor total evapotranspiration
Monitoring of sap flow in oak tree using Heat Field Deformation (HFD) and Thermal Dissipation Probe (TDP) methods
Multi-parametric (head, temperature, EC) monitoring of unsaturated zone and groundwater table (nearby piezometer) to determine recharge and groundwater evapotranspiration
Fig. 3: Field activities in the Sardon catchment:
A) Eddy covariance tower to monitor total evapotranspiration;B) Monitoring of sap flow in oak tree using Heat Field Deformation (HFD) and Thermal Dissipation Probe (TDP) methods;C) Multi-parametric (head, temperature, EC) monitoring of unsaturated zone and groundwater table (nearby piezometer) to determine recharge and groundwater evapotranspiration.

The research objectives of the current Sardon research are formulated in the four PhD studies and subsequent papers of the PhD students of Dr Lubczynski: Alain Pascal FrancesLeonardo Reyes AcostaEnrico Balugani and Tanvir Hassan. The "Sardon" research group of Dr Lubczynski is focused on quantitative assessment of subsurface water fluxes, on applying new approaches in data acquisition, on data integration and on modeling. We believe that realistic description of physical processes requires acquisition of reliable data in extensive spatial and temporal context. In that respect we propose various novel data acquisition and data integration techniques such as: automated field monitoring, non-invasive hydrogeophysical methods such as magnetic resonance sounding, electric resistivity tomography, ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic methods and also satellite and airborne remote sensing. Various applications of these methods are published in papers as listed below. For data integration and hydrological modelling of subsurface fluxes we proposed a new, open-source MODFLOW coupling called MARMITES-MODFLOW that improves handling of subsurface evapotranspiration, particularly of water uptakes by trees. Besides, in our group we also use standard, public domain, integrated hydrological models such as GSFLOW(Hassan et al. 2014). If you want to collaborate in one of the above mentioned topics, or you want to propose a join project involving Sardon Catchment site or you just need more information, please contact m.w.lubczynski@utwente.nl.

 

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sap flow Earth & Environmental Sciences
transpiration Earth & Environmental Sciences
groundwater Earth & Environmental Sciences
rainfall Earth & Environmental Sciences
vadose zone Earth & Environmental Sciences
groundwater resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
evaporation Earth & Environmental Sciences
catchment Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Use of remote sensing and long-term in-situ time-series data in an integrated hydrological model of the Central Kalahari Basin, Southern Africa

Lekula, M. & Lubczynski, M. W., 1 Aug 2019, In : Hydrogeology Journal. 27, 5, p. 1541-1562 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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groundwater resource
time series
remote sensing
recharge
vadose zone
4 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Hydrogeological conceptual model of large and complex sedimentary aquifer systems – Central Kalahari Basin (Botswana)

Lekula, M., Lubczynski, M. W. & Shemang, E. M., 1 Aug 2018, In : Physics and Chemistry of the Earth. 106, p. 47-62 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

aquifer
basin
groundwater flow
recharge
GIS
groundwater resource
sustainability
basin
aquifer
recharge
12 Citations (Scopus)
31 Downloads (Pure)

Interactions of artificial lakes with groundwater applying an integrated MODFLOW solution

El-Zehairy, A. A. M. E., Lubczynski, M. W. & Gurwin, J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Hydrogeology Journal. 26, 1, p. 109-132 24 p.

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groundwater
lake
seepage
lake water
evapotranspiration
32 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
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