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  • October 19, 2017
    President of JAGH, Prof. Dr. Makoto Taniguchi (Vice President of IAH, Asia), participated in the 2017 International Symposium of Groundwater, which was organized by Korean Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment, held in Jeju, Korea. This symposium focused on sustainable groundwater and global cooperation under the environmental change, and it is for commemoration and publicity of IAH2018.
  • September 24-29, 2017
    International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) meeting was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Twelve members from Japanese national chapter participated.
    44th IAH 2017
  • September 26, 2017
    Asian Chapters meeting was held during IAH2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Six Asian countries members including Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan participated.
  • September 20-21, 2017
    President of JAGH, Prof. Dr. Makoto Taniguchi (Vice President of IAH, Asia), participated in the 9th Jeju World Water Forum which was organized by JPDC and UNESCO-IHP, and held in Maison Jeju Grand Hotel, Jeju city, Korea.
  • July 11-13, 2017
    President of JAGH, Prof. Dr. Makoto Taniguchi (Vice President of IAH, Asia), participated in the Australasian Groundwater  Conference 2017, which was held in the University of New South Wales.
    (Picture with Dr. Wendy Timms, Vice President of IAH, Australia and the Pacific)
  • January 18, 2017
    Student membership and Early Carrier Hydrogeologists Network (ECHN) of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • December 26, 2016
    15 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ETN Project ENIGMA
  • June 1, 2015
    MOU between Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology (JAGH) and National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has been extended for another three years.

About JAGH

Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology was established as an incorporated association in 1959, with the mission to contribute to the

  • Advancement of the groundwater research, management, protection, development and education.
  • Providing a common meeting place for scientists, engineers, and those who are interested in groundwater related issues.
  • Collection or organization and dissemination of information on groundwater science and technology.

Over the years, the JAGH membership has increased to 864 members (as of May 27, 2011) through extensive activities, such as

  • publishing the periodicals (four per year) and books
  • organizing meetings, symposiums and short courses
  • conducting research on specific topics related groundwater
  • answering groundwater related question raised by general public, and organizing activities to increase public awareness of importance of groundwater resources
  • including scientific exchange among scientists, engineers, educators, managers and regulators.

The activities are funded by the membership fee, registration fee of the meetings and donations.

President's Message


Prof. Dr. Makoto TANIGUCHI  

President of JAGH  

   I am honored to be serving as the president of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology (JAGH) for 2015 and 2016. I am a professor of hydrology and Deputy Director-General of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan. I have been working on global and local studies of groundwater, such as being a leader of the UNESCO project “GRAPHIC”, a RIHN project leader, an Associate Editor of Ground Water and Hydrological Processes, the Vice President of ICG of IAHS under IUGG, and the Vice President of the IAHS/IAPSO Joint Committee. I also edited several books including “Land and Marine Hydrogeology (Elsevier)” and “Groundwater as a Key for Adaptation to the Changing Climate and Society (Springer)”
   Groundwater has many important roles for nature and societies such as playing a part in the water cycle, water resources, dissolved material transporters, land, and culture. A new “Water Act” was recently passed through the Japanese Congress in 2014, and it is in function. New “Water Management Plans” and the “Groundwater Protection, Use and Recharge law” are now being developed through many discussions with stakeholders. JAGH as an expert group of groundwater hydrologists will take a lead and contribute to the science and technology in society under the co-design with stakeholders, in particular with local and national practitioners.
   Groundwater in Japan has a relatively low ratio of total water use, at about 12%. However, groundwater is recently getting more attention because of its stability as a water supply and resilience to risks including climate change. Our knowledge, methodologies, and techniques of groundwater hydrology can be widely used for proper regional and local groundwater governance beyond groundwater management.
   JAGH was established in 1959, faced several groundwater problems, and solved those problems, such as severe land subsidence due to excessive groundwater pumping during 1960-1980, groundwater contaminations during 1990’s and 2000’s, and groundwater management such as groundwater as commons during 2010’s and the present. JAGH is excited to work with all groundwater hydrologists and stakeholders, and I am very much looking forward to your participation in JAGH activities. 


JAGH Membership offers an excellent opportunity for you and your corporation to be in contact with other groundwater specialists and hydrologist.

Membership Categories

Anyone interested in the objectives of the JAGH is eligible for membership and may become a member upon payment of membership fee.

  • Regular Member
    Domestic(Japan):7,000Yen per year,  International:8,000Yen per year
  • Student Member
    4,000Yen per year


A regular member who are older than 70 and have made great contributions to groundwater hydrology, development of groundwater project ,and management of the association shall receive Honorary Membership.

  • Honorary Member
    not be required to pay membership fees


Corporations, institutions, and organizations which support the objectives of the JAGH may join a corporate member. The level of benefits varies according to the number of “lots” you acquire.

  • Corporate Member
    20,000Yen per lot, Minimum 1 lot per year

Membership Benefits

Regular/Student membership benefits include: 

  • Subscription to Journal of Groundwater Hydrology
  • Participation in JAGH training session at reduiced registration fee
  • The ability to contribute an article to Journal of Groundwater Hydrology*
  • The ability to present an oral/poster presentation at JAGH spring/fall meetings

*The first author of a manuscript contributed to the journal must be a regular/student member of JAGH.


Corporate membership benefits include:

  • Subscription to Journal of Groundwater Hydrology
  • Participation in JAGH training session at reduiced registration fee
  • 50% discount on an exhibit space rent at JAGH spring/fall meetings
  • Official link exchange between JAGH and your website

Join Membership

  1. Send your application form by mail or fax to the JAGH secretariat
    >> Application form
    Fax: 03-3549-1135
  2. Payment of your membership fee for 1 year

Resign your membership

Resignation form> Contact to JAGH secretariat


Journal of Groundwater Hydrology


J-Stage: Journal of Groundwater Hydorology

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Journal of Groundwater Hydrology

The Journal of the Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology