SOWA Integrated Soil and Water Protection
| Country: EU Projects
| Start Date:
Project Type: RTD
| Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2002-80022
| Organisation Type:
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Risk management overview
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Soil and groundwater processes overview
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
| Project objectives:
SOWA aims at the integration of soil and water research in Europe. The thematic focus is set on large scale i.e. diffuse pollution of soils from e.g. atmospheric
deposition and agricultural practices and the associated risk of groundwater pollution.
The objective is to pull together the critical mass needed in order to integrate available and emerging scientific knowledge from various disciplines such
as soil science, soil chemistry, soil physics, hydrogeology, water resources, agriculture, atmospheric deposition of pollutants, environmental analysis
and engineering as well as management and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.
Soil and water protection is an important and widely recognised issue in Europeanenvironmental research. In the hydrological cycle, water sooner or later
interactswith soil and/or sediments, which can function as source or sink of pollutants andthis determines the quality of groundwater, surface waters and
finally drinkingwater. Soil has tobe recognised as a complex interactive key zone between landsurface and groundwater. SOWA will establish an interdisciplinary
forum, whichintegrates soil and water protection issues and provides a platform forscientists, regulators, policy makers, and industry. SOWA will identify
andprioritise demand-driven research-needs and provide the base for integratedsoil/water research activities in the future. It aims to contribute and
tocomplement existing EU-networks.
| Achieved Objectives:
SOWA supported the integration of disciplines working in soil and water research and provided a platform to:
evaluate especially large scale soil pollution which will potentially damage important soil functions (such as the buffering, filtering, transformation
capacity) and the soil ecology.
increase the awareness of the risks of diffuse soil pollution, which pose a risk of long-term contamination of the water cycle (by workshops, publications,
conference presentations, press releases).
help to bridge the wide gaps by integrating soil and water related research, regulation and policy making throughout the EU.
identify tools and procedures for low cost screening and contaminant analysis, soil characterisation methods, and management of soil/water contamination
| Product Descriptions:
SOWA aimed to integrate soil and water protection issues in Europe by bringing together all disciplines involved in environmental research, which deal with
diffuse pollution and behaviour of persistent pollutants in soils, sediments, and adjacent environmental compartments such as groundwater.
The available products are:
-The Joint Document (containing the conclusions of SOWA from the complementary specific thematic results)
-Sowa First report:
Thematic working groups of SOWA summarise the status quo and the future challenges in integrated soil and water protection.
-Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Integrated Soil and Water Protection - Risks from diffuse pollution (SOWA)
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Groundwater Risk Assessment at Contaminated Sites (GRACOS) and Integrated Soil and Water Protection
| Additional Information:
| Project Resources:
SOWA report #1
SOWA - final report
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Groundwater Risk Assessment at Contaminated Sites (GRACOS) and Integrated Soil and Water Protection (SOWA)
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Integrated Soil and Water Protection - Risks from diffuse pollution (SOWA)
| Funding Programme(s):
EC Framework Programme 5
| Link to Organisations:
Prof Paul Bardos
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Professor Paul Bardos
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