The problems associated with underground water in South Cambodia and Vietnam, which share the Mekong Delta region, are linked to the integrated strategy for managing water resources in rural and urban areas.
This management requires an overall understanding of the interactions between surface water and underground water, and the transfer of pollutants into the latter. Underground water resources are pumped intensively for agricultural, industrial and domestic use. Shallow aquifers are vulnerable to incursions from seawater, pesticides and emerging contaminants (such as pharmaceutical products).
Hydrogeophysics offers several tools for studying aquifers from the surface. However, this speciality is not currently taught at either the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT) or the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).
Create the first Vietnamese and Cambodian research and teaching bodies in hydrogeophysics