Welcome to the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst

This highly successful interdisciplinary biennial conference series is the most important international meeting that concentrates on the practical application of karst science. Geologists, engineers, and geographers, who study how and where karst develops and how sinkholes form, interact with engineers and planners, who apply this information to building and maintaining society’s infrastructure while protecting our environment.

The conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, which will organise this exceptional 2021 meeting in Puerto Rico, one of the premier karst regions of the world.

Conference topics include: Karst Development & Mapping, Pro-Active and Remedial Engineering in Karst Terrain, Karst Water Resource Management and more. Optional Short Courses will be offered on April 13, 2021, and Field Trips on April 12 and 16, 2021.

Our team

George Veni, Ph.D.

Executive Director
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad,
New Mexico 88220-6215 USA

James LaMoreaux, Ph.D.

PELA GeoEnvironmental (PELA)

2703 39th St.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 USA

Brian Smith, Ph.D.

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer
Conservation District
1124 A Regal Row
Austin, Texas 78748

Ingrid Padilla, Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico
Department of Civil Engineering and Surveing
PO Box 9000
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681