Adam Porowski, Dr. Licensed Hydrogeologist, Researcher

Instytut Nauk Geologicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk 
Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences
Ośrodek Badawczy w Warszawie - Research Centre in Warsaw
Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warszawa, POLAND 

Position: Hydrogeologist, Research Specialist 

phone (+48) 22 6978-756

I am hydrogeologist, research specialist in the ING PAN based in Warsaw, Poland. I have more than ten years experience in scientific and applied research in various branches of hydrogeology. My principal research interests concern the application of the state-of-the-art geochemical methods in hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry to solve and explore various aspects of the origin, occurrence and utilization of unconventional water types - highly mineralized, thermal, oil-associated, mine drainage, metamorphic, etc. I am developing contacts with industry sector in the area of commercialization of scientific research, implementation of new sampling, monitoring and exploration methods, improvement of analytical techniques - especially in the area of isotopic research.

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

2004 - present: Researcher, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS (ING PAN), Warsaw, Poland

1998 - 2004: Research Assistant, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS (ING PAN), Warsaw, Poland

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

  • Porowski A., 2012 - Thermal conditions in the eastern part of Polish Carpathians inferred from geochemical and isotopic studies of dehydration-type mineralized water, SE Poland. Geothermics [under review]
  • Porowski A., 2012 - 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, 250 p. [in press]
  • Dowgiałło J., Porowski A., 2011 - Determination of residence time of drainage waters of KGHM PM S.A. copper mines with reference to observed development of cones of depression107 p. [in Polish, unpublished].
  • 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., 2006 - Origin of mineralized waters in the Central Carpathian Synclinorium, SE Poland. Studia Geologica Polonica 125: 67p
  • Dowgiałło J., Halas S., Porowski A., 2005 - Isotope temperature indicators of thermal waters in South-Western Poland. Proceedings World Geothermal Congress24-29 April, Antalya, Turkey.
  •  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