Petalas Christos

Position: Associated Professor D.U.Th.

Faculty member: Active

Laboratory: Ecological Engineering and Technology

Academic Field: Water Resources Management with emphasis on Hydrogeological Systems.

Educational Background: He graduated in 1976 from the Department of Natural Sciences, School of Physics and Mathematics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his Master of Science in Mineralogy and Petrologyfrom the University of Uppsala, Sweden in 1981. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Democritus University of Thrace, working on the analysis of aquifer system in the heterogeneous and coastal plain of Rhodope Municipality, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, D.U.Th.

Short Description-Major ResearchInterests: Field and theoretical aspects of water resources management and water policy in porous and karstic media, modeling of flow and contaminant transport in groundwater systems, seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers, management and development of water resources in coastal aquifers, interactions between surface and groundwater, and optimal development of groundwater (optimization models).

Academic Experience: Since 2001, he is teaching 4 graduate and postgraduate courses on Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources Management, Operations Research and Integrated Water Resources Management.
He is author (or co-author) of 70 research papers published in international scientific journals and in proceedings of scientific conferences, with more than 500 citations. He is the author of 3 textbooks published by Democritus University of Thrace.
He participated in more than 31 research projects, as main researcher or consultant. Most of the above projects are related to saline water intrusion in aquifers, groundwater systems simulation and management, environmentalstudies, environmentalimpactsoflargeconstructionworks, and artificial recharge of groundwater.

Selected Research Programs:
1. Hydrochemical investigation of surface waters and groundwatersof the wider area of PeramaEvros Prefecture.
2. ÉNTERREG III B - MEDOCC HYDRANET -Study of salt water intrusion in coastal aquifers.
3. ÉNTERREG III A –Greece - Bulgaria. Pilot management System of Nestos River Catchement.

Selected publications:
Pliakas, F., Petalas, C. 2011. Determination of Hydraulic Conductivity of Unconsolidated River Alluvium from Permeameter Tests, Empirical Formulas and Statistical Parameters Effect Analysis. Water Resources Management 25 (11), pp. 2877-2899.
Anagnostopoulos, K.P., Petalas, C., 2011. A fuzzy multicriteria benefit-cost approach for irrigation projects evaluation. Agricultural Water Management 98 (9) , pp. 1409-1416.
Pisinaras V, Petalas C, Tsihrintzis VA, Karatzas GP, (2013). Integrated modeling as a decision-aiding tool for groundwater management in a Mediterranean agricultural watershed. Hydrological Processes, Vol. 27, Issue 14, pages 1973–1987.
C. Petalas, 2012, A preliminary assessment of hydrogeological features and selected anthropogenic impacts on the Kompsatos River fan aquifer system in Greece, Environmental Earth Sciences, 70: 439-452.

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