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

  • 20688
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 23/09/2009
  • RISULTATO

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



Start date: 2009-04-01
End date: 2014-03-31

Duration: 60 months

Project Reference: 226536

Project cost: 9.17 million euro
Project Funding: 7 million euro

Subprogramme Area: ENV.2008.2.1.2.1. Groundwater systems
Contract type: Large-scale integrating project



Coordinatore: NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH - BIOFORSK - NORWAY - KLÖVE, Björn (Professor)

Altri Partecipanti

  • GIS-GEOINDUSTRY, S.R.O. - CZECH REPUBLIC
  • UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI - ROMANIA
  • FACULTY OF MINING, GEOLOGY AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB - CROATIA
  • UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL - SWITZERLAND
  • EIDIKOS LOGARIASMOS EREVNON DIMOKRITEIOU PANEPISTIMIOU THRAKIS SPECIFIC RESEARCH ACCOUNT OF DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE - GREECE
  • IGEM DANISMANLIK ORGANIZASYON ARASTIRMA LTD. STI. - TURKEY
  • HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH - GERMANY
  • ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER - GREECE
  • POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA - POLAND
  • LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET - SWEDEN
  • AKADEMIA GÓRNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISAAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE - POLAND
  • EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ - SWITZERLAND
  • SVERIGES METEOROLOGISKA OCH HYDROLOGISKA INSTITUT - SWEDEN
  • UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE - ITALY
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH - AUSTRIA
  • HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ - GERMANY
  • OULUN YLIOPISTO - FINLAND
  • ALTERRA B.V. - NETHERLANDS
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA - ITALY
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE - FRANCE
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER - UNITED KINGDOM
  • EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH - SWITZERLAND
  • UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE - UNITED KINGDOM
  • UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA - SPAIN
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ENVIRONMENT : AMBIENTE (COMPRESI I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI): priorità tematica 6 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea