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Groundwater and dependent Ecosystems: NEw Scientific basIS on climate change and land-use impacts for the update of the EU Groundwater Directive

 

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Project details:
Start date 1/04/209 - end date 31/03/2014
Total cost: 9.170.625 €
EU contribution: 6.997.200 €
EU contribution to UniFe:150.000 €

 

Abstract:

Groundwater resources are facing increasing pressure from consumptive uses (irrigation, water supply, industry) and contamination by diffuse loading (e.g. agriculture) and point sources (e.g. industry). This cause major threat and risks to our most valuable water resource and on ecosystems dependent on groundwater. New information is need on how to better protect groundwaters and groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDE) from intensive land-use and climate change. The impacts of land-use changes and climate changes are difficult to separate as they partly result in similar changes in the ecosystems affected. The effects are highly interwoven and complex. The EU groundwater directive (GWD) and the water framework directive (WFD) provide means to protect groundwater (GW) aquifers from pollution and deterioration. At present, the maximum limits for groundwater pollutant concentrations have been set for nitrate and various pesticides. Also, water of sufficient quality and quantity should be provided to ecosystems dependent on groundwater. The European aquifers differ by their geology, climate, and threats to aquifers. This must be considered when general guidelines for management of these systems are developed. The concept of the present proposal is to base the research on different relevant aquifer sites in various European countries to test scientific issues and find new results to important problems. Seven WP are foreseen: WP1 Case studies on impacts and threats to GWs and GDEs WP2 Groundwater dynamics, re-charge and water balance WP3 Leaching to groundwater aquifers from different land-uses WP4 Groundwater dependent ecosystems: groundwater-surface water interaction WP5 Modelling processes in groundwater systems WP6 Concepts, scenarios and risk assessment WP7 Co-ordination

 

Participants:

  • NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH - BIOFORSK, Coordinator (Norway)
  • OULUN YLIOPISTO (Finland)
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH (Austria)
  • EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH (Switzerland)
  • LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET (Sweden)
  • UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI (Romania)
  • GIS-GEOINDUSTRY, S R O (Czech Republic)
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (France)
  • STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK (Netherlands)
  • HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH (Germany)
  • EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ (Switzerland)
  • AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE (Poland)
  • UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE (Italy)
  • IGEM DANISMANLIK ORGANIZASYON ARASTIRMA LTD STI (Turkey)
  • UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA (Spain)
  • DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE (Greece)
  • POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA (Poland)
  • UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL (Switzerland)
  • ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER (Greece)
  • UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE (United Kingdom)
  • SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU RUDARSKO-GEOLOSKO-NAFTNI FAKULTET (Croatia)
  • HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ (Germany)
  • SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT (Sweden)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (United Kingdom)
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (Italy)
  • CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL (Germany)
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN (Germany)