SNOWMAN Sustainable management of soil and groundwater under the pressure of pollution and contamination (ERA-NET)

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:           Duration: 36 months         Project Type: Concerted Action
Contract Number: ERAC-CT-2003-003219
Organisation Type:  Funding agencies
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->funding
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Risk management overview
Contaminated land-->Site investigation-->Site investigation overview
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Soil and groundwater processes overview
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Project objectives:
Aiming at solution and prevention of actual and future environmental problems, EU policy resulted in many Directives concerning water and soil. Moreover, 
the Commission of the European Communities composed a paper „Toward a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection“ and set up a tight time schedule. Despite of above mentioned legislative efforts an effective EU-wide approach to the problem of site remediation and groundwater contamination is hindered
by a number of problems described by the CLARINET Working Group on “Co-ordination of RTD on an European level”: · There is little synergy at EU level between national and EU RTD programmes, leading to a serious overlap of research projects and parallel expenditures
and less efficient use of limited resources. · The broad dissemination of project results through national RTD programmes at an European level is very modest and fragmented. These are the starting points of SNOWMAN-Era-Net: What do we HAVE? – The consortium will produce a sound overview on programmes and their contents and management
in the field specified. A database containing all relevant information will be produced and analysed. What do we WANT? – A Vision Paper will define the goal of
European research activities in this specific field of environmental research. How can we GET co-operation NOW? – Specification of next steps, short- and
medium-term, preparing ground in order to reach the overall goal of ERANET, i.e. to implement and conduct a research programme on bi-/multilateral level throughout
Europe. Suitable tools (like uniform evaluation criteria etc.) will be developed in Working group meetings and collected within a summary report. Knowledge dissemination will be supported by a close linkage with the EUGRIS project. On this portal, all findings produced within SNOWMAN will be published
and made available to a wider community. On interpersonal level, networking with the European Soil Policy Working Group or Cost activities will be maintained.
Project Summary:
The overall objective of SNOWMAN is to enhance quality, relevance and utilisation of resources in Europe regarding research in the field of soil and groundwater 
protection. The project wants to answer the following questions: · What do we HAVE? Which research programmes are on stage? How do they overlap? What are the contents to be focussed? · What do we WANT? Which vision of a common ground can we set up? What helps? What hinders co-operation? ? · How can we GET co-operation NOW? Which are contents and question for co-ordinated research? Which mechanisms for co-operation are available at the moment?
Develop and apply tools to support multinational co-operation.
Achieved Objectives:

Product Descriptions:

Additional Information:

Project Resources:

SNOWMAN Backbone Brochure

SNOWMAN Communication Brochure

Concluding Report (online version) ERA-NET SNOWMAN

SNOWMAN Think Tank Workshop Proceedings, Vienna, January 2005


SNOWMAN Scientific Findings Brochure


SNOWMAN website - Relaunch

SNOWMAN Landscape

SNOWMAN Landscape
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 6
Link to Organisations:

Umweltbundesamt (UBA)
Environment Agency (England and Wales)
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Maike Hauschild  Who does what?  30/06/2004 14:49:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  08/12/2006 11:26:00