Adam Porowski, Dr. , Licensed Hydrogeologist, Researcher

Actual research activities:

  • investigation of the origin and residence time of drainage waters in copper mines, Foresudetic Monocline, SW Poland - collaboration with the Polish Copper Consortium (KGHM PM S.A.);
  • leader and main performer of the scientific project concerning occurrence and distribution of REE in mineral and thermal waters in Poland;
  • saline-fresh waters interaction in multi-aquifer hydrogeological systems in the area of Leningradski artesian basin, NW Russia - collaboration with the Faculty of Hydrogeology University of St. Petersburg and Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • coordinator and main performer of the pilot research regarding the isotopic composition of sulfates variation in precipitation and groundwater of natural and urban areas;



1997 - attained Master of Science degree in the faculty of Geology in the field of Hydrogeology- Department of Geology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

2004 - attained Doctoral degree in the faculty of Earth Sciences   - Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Academic and Professional Experience

2017 - Short course of application of ANSDIMAT computer code, Institute of Geoecology Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

2014 -Internship: commercialization of innovative technologies, Pax Water Technologies,  Richmond, California,  USA

2014 -Top 500 Innovators Program - Entrepreneurship & Commercialization of Scientific Research, University of California  at Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Berkeley, California, USA

2001 - Doctoral scholarship, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Halle, Germany (2 months)

2001 - Certification of the Ministry of Environment of Poland, concerning the hydrogeological license in category V according to Polish Geological and Mining Low;

1999 - Exchange scholar, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA (one sementer)

1996 - 1997, Junior Assistant, University of Warsaw, Department of Geology, Warsaw, Poland

1995 - 1997, Junior Geologist, POLGEOL S.A., Department of Cartography and Geological Recognition, Warsaw, Poland

Completed professional courses & trainings

  • Isotope Methods in Environmental Studies. Gliwice Absolute Dating  Methods Centre (GADAM Centre), Gliwice, Poland, 1 - 5 May, 2005
  • Geothermal Exploration, Prospecting, Reservoir Engineering, Monitoring. Dokuz Eylul University, Geothermal Energy Research and Application Centre (GERAC), Izmir, Turkey, 28 May - 11 June, 2006. Scholarship granted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).
  • Basis of  Ionic Chromatography. Silesian University, Department of Earth Sciences, Katowice, Poland, 5-days, April 2008
  • Application of Artificial Tracers and Environmental Isotopes in Groundwater Systems' Parameters Estimation, by prof. Piotr Maloszewski. Department of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Poznan, Poland, 5-days, May 2009,
  • Application of Artificial Tracers in Estimation of Transport and Flow Parameters in Porous and Karst Media, by prof. Piotr Maloszewski. Department of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Poznan, Poland, 5-days, May 2010
  • Lightening the Darkness: From Borehole Measurements to Earth Models. ICDP Scientific Training Drilling Course, KTB GeoCenter, Windischeschenbach, and GFZ Potsdam, Germany; 12 - 16 April, 2010
  • Traceres Methods in Hydrology and Hydrogeology, by prof. Piotr Maloszewski. Department of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Poznan, Poland, 5-days, May 2011

Scientific Memberships

  • Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH); Secretary General of the Commission of Mineral and Thermal Waters of the IAH (IAH-CMTW) since 2009;
  • Member of the International Geothermal Association (IGA);
  • Member of the European Society for Isotope Research (ESIR);
  • Member of the Polish Geothermal Society (PGS)

Selected Publications

  • Romanova A., Porowski A., Zielski T., Dancewicz A. 2021 – Origin and evolution of chemical composition of mineral waters of Szczawno-Zdrój inferred from long-term variation of ionic-ratios, Sudetes Mts. (SW Poland). Environmental Earth Sciences (in press)
  • Porowski A., Romanova A., Gebus-Czupyt B., Radzikowska M., Wach B. 2021 - Stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopic composition of bottled waters in Poland: Characterization in the context of different market categories and implications for the origin authentication and natural isotopic quality preservation Journal of Geochemical Exploration 220: 106684
  • Vinograd N., Porowski A., 2020 - Application of isotopic and geochemical studies to explain the origin and formation of mineral waters of Staraya Russa Spa, NW Russia. Environmental Earth Sciences 79:183 [DOI: 10.1007/S12665-020-08923-6]

  • Porowski A., 2019 - AgF desalination procedure for the routine determination of oxygen and hydrogen isotopic composition of saline waters and brines. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 55(1):41-55 [DOI: 10.1080/10256016.2018.1561449]
  • Porowski A., Rman N., Fórizs I., LaMoreaux J.,  2019 - Introductory Editorial Thematic Issue: “Mineral and thermal waters”. Environmental Earth Sciences 78: 527 [DOI: 10.1007/s12665-019-8529-0]

  • Porowski A., Porowska D., Halas S., 2019 - Identification of Sulfate Sources and Biogeochemical Processes in an Aquifer Affected by Peatland: Insights from Monitoring the Isotopic Composition of Groundwater Sulfate in Kampinos National Park, Poland. Water 11(7): 1388 [DOI: 10.3390/w11071388]

  • Humnicki W., Szostakiewicz M., Porowski A., 2019 – Problemy określenia „wieku” wód podziemnych drenowanych przez źródła Pienińskie. (problems in „age” dating of groundwater drained by the Pieniny springs”). Biuletyn Panstwowego Instytutu Geologicznego 475:59-66 [DOI: 10.7306/bpig.7]

  • Wysocka I., Porowski A., Rogowska A., Kaczor-Kurzawa D., 2018 -  Pierwiastki ziem rzadkich (REE) w wodach powierzchniowych i podziemnych Polski na tle innych krajów Europy. [Rare earth elements (REE) in surface and ground waters of Poland in comparison to other European countries]. Przegląd Geologiczny 66(11): 692-705 [DOI: 10.7306/2018.12]

  • Porowski A., Romanova A., Gebus-Czupyt B., Radzikowska M., 2018 -  Skład izotopowy mineralnych i leczniczych wód butelkowanych  polski: analiza porównawcza w świetle parametrów jakościowych  i przyrodniczych. [Isotopic Composition of mineral and Therapeutic Bottled waters  in poland: Comparative study in the Light of the Quality  and the Environmental parameters ]. Acta Balneologica 4(154): 264-271
  • Porowski A., 2018 - Krupoderov VS et al. (eds): Oldest hydrogeologists of the world: scientific and popular memories. Environmental Earth Sciences 77: 18     [DOI: 10.1007/s12665-017-7159-7]
  • Żaczek J., Porowski A., 2017 - Hydrogeological settings and origin of groundwater composition in the southern part of the Gorce Mts, Kowaniec Mały catchment. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae 87(2): 183-197 [DOI: 10.14241/asgp.2017.008]

  • Porowski A., Oleksiewicz M, Becker R, Kaczorek T, Miller R., Włoch A., 2017 – No-purge, discreet technique of hydrogeological sampling of deep piezometers, boreholes and wells: field experience and evaluation. Hydrogeologia 1: 28-37

  • Porowski A., Kaczor D., 2016 - The Rare Earth Elements (REE) in thermal waters: occurrence, origin, significance and perspectives for research in Poland. Exploration Technology, Geothermal Energy Sustainable Development 55 (257): 89-102
  • Porowski A., Dowgiałło J., 2009 - Application of selected geothermometers to exploration of low-enthalpy thermal water: the Sudetic Geothermal Region in Poland. Environmental Geology 58 (8): 1629-1638
  • Porowski A., Kowski P, 2008 - Determination of δ2H and δ18O in saline oil-associated waters: the question of simple vacuum distillation of water samples prior to isotopic analyses. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 44 (2): 227-238 
  • Porowski A., 2003 - Isotopic evidence of the origin of marginal oil-field waters within the Central Carpathian Synclinorium, SE Poland. Environmental Geology  46: 661-669

Book chaters / Book editor / Monographies

  • Porowski A., 2019 - Mineral and Thermal Waters. Chapter 3 In: LaMoreaux J. (eds) Environmental Geology. A Volume in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Second Edition. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019. [DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8787-0_978]

  • Porowski A., 2014 – Isotope Hydrogeology. Chapter 17. In: Eslamian (ed) Handbook of Engineering Hydrology, vol I: Fundamentals and Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 346-377 p.

  • Porowski A., 2014 – Chemical and isotopic characteristics of thermal waters in the Carpathian Region, South Poland: implication to the origin and resources. In: Balderer W., Porowski A., Idris H., LaMoreaux J. (eds) Thermal and Mineral Waters: Origin, Properties, Applications. Springer, 73-89
  • Balderer W., Porowski A., Idris H., LaMoreaux J. (eds) 2014 – Thermal and Mineral Waters: Origin, Properties, Applications. Springer, 135 p.
  • Porowski A., 2013 – Interaction between mineral and fresh waters. Chapter 8.3.1. In: Górecki W. (ed) Geothermal Atlas of Eastern Carpathians. Goldruk, 600 p.
  • Porowski A., 2013 – Origin of deep waters in East Carpathians. Chapter 8.3.2. In: Górecki W. (ed) Geothermal Atlas of Eastern Carpathians. Goldruk, 600 p
  • Porowski A., 2006 - Origin of mineralized waters in the Central Carpathian Synclinorium, SE Poland. Studia Geologica Polonica 125: 67p

Industrial collaboration / Expertise

  • Porowski A., 2016 – Isotopic investigation of selected brines and saline drainage waters of KGHM PM S.A.28 p. [in Polish, unpublished; commercial-scientific project sponsored by KGHM PM S.A. – Polish Copper Consortium].
  • Porowski A., 2014 – Isotopic investigation of drainage waters of geological massif of KGHM PM S.A.151 p. [in Polish, unpublished; commercial-scientific project sponsored by KGHM PM S.A.].
  • Dowgiallo J., Porowski A., 2011 – Determination age of drainage waters of KGHM PM copper mines in relation to observed cone of depression and possibilities of drainage development. 107 p. [in Polish, unpublished; scientific expertise for KGHM Polish Copper Consortium].
  • Porowski A., 2012 – Analysis of hydrogeological settings in Upper Silesian basin, concession areas. [in Polish only; expertise for Darley Energy Poland Sp. z o.o.]
  • Porowski A., 2012 – Documentation of hydrogeological settings for concession areas of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and Skarżysko Kamienna. [in Polish Orly; expertise for  Canadian International Oil Corporation].
  • Porowski A., 2012Documentationof hydrogeological settings for concession areas of Pszczyna and Rybnik. [in Polish only; expertise for Lane Energy Poland Sp. z o.o.]
  • Krajewski S., Porowski A., 2009 – Detailed Hydrogeological Map 1:50000,  sheet Świerże [main performer].

Patents / Industrial applications

  • Porowski A., 2017 – Industrial Application Approved by KGHM PM S.A. (KGHM Polish Copper Consortium)
    A set of the Isotopic methods for assessment the origin and the age ofdrainage waters in mines.
  • Porowski A., 2016 -  Patent No. 223630 (Poland): Sposób odsalania wysoko zmineralizowanych roztworów wodnych do oznaczania stosunków izotopowych 18O/16O i 2H/1H w wodach podziemnych].