The 2004 Henry Darcy Medal is awarded to Jesús Carrera for his pioneering contributions to groundwater resources modeling and management.
Jesús Carrera was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1957. Jesus Carrera is acknowledged for significant contributions to groundwater resources modelling and management. Special subjects are model conceptualisation, parameter identification, inverse modelling, geostatistics, optimisation of monitoring networks, scale effects, pumping tests in heterogeneous aquifers, coupling of flow and transport, seawater intrusion, reactive transport, preferential flow, fractured media and enhanced biological remediation.
He obtained the degree of Civil Engineer by the Technical University of Madrid in 1979 and worked as a structural engineer until he moved to the University of Arizona, where he received his PhD in Hydrology in 1984. He became a full professor at the Technical University of Catalonia in 1992. He has co-authored more than 200 publications, including more than 30 in international refereed journals.
His research concentrated on groundwater modeling with emphasis on the inverse problem and reactive transport He has applied his theories on projects in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Peru and Cambodia. He has been awarded several prizes: Gomez-Navarro (1979), Rafael Escalona (1979), INAPE (1981), Harshbarger (1983), Royal Academy of Sciences (1993) and silver medal (1998).