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

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/4/2009         Duration: 60 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: 226536
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Project objectives:
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
Project Summary:
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.
Achieved Objectives:
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Additional Information:
Project Resources:

Groundwater Pollution and Quality Monitoring Approaches at the European Level.
Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  05/10/2012 16:59:00