IMAGE-TRAIN Innovative Management of Groundwater Resources- Training Programme for EU Accession Countries

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   31/8/2001         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2001-80002
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
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
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Project objectives:
Main objectives of IMAGE-TRAIN were:     
- to establish topic-links between RTD projects dealing with innovative groundwater management and to promote their practical application, and     
- to transfer existing and emerging knowledge to young scientists and academics in the European Union and the EU Accession Countries. IMAGE-TRAIN is an accompanying 
measure towards cost-effective and eco-efficient remediation technologies for groundwater resources in Europe. It aims at identifying related and complementing
topics of current RTD projects concerning cost-effective groundwater management approaches and at establishing topic-links. Major focus of this project
is to establish an efficient knowledge and information transfer towards the scientific community and potential end-users, with specific emphasis on the
situation in EU Accession Countries. This will be achieved by - three Advanced Study Courses (ASC) for academics and young scientists, - clustering of running RTD projects and - application of findings along practical case studies
Project Summary:
Groundwater protection and drinking water conservation are key issues for EU Member Statesand an enormous challenge for EU Accession (EA) Countries due to 
many environmental and financial problems. IMAGE-TRAIN is a training programme for 10 EA Countries, providing innovative knowledge on cost-efficient groundwater
management (GWM) and will train 40 participants, mainly GWM decision makers, over 3 years. IMAGE-TRAIN comprises scientific and technological input from
current FP5 research projects in the field of GWM, local expertise and requirements of EA Countries, an introduction to general funding opportunities, and
the overcoming of language barriers. The key objectives are to improve the GW situation in EA Countries and in particular to render projects feasible by introducing
cost-effective and easy-toimplement technologies. IMAGE-TRAIN will strengthen European excellency in GWM and contribute to the EU's enlargement policy.
Achieved Objectives:
IMAGE-TRAIN operated at two levels. (1) At the Senior Expert Level, Cluster Meetings for researchers of ongoing research projects dealing with contaminated 
land and groundwater were organised with the objective to improve the information flow between those projects, and to promote the practical application of
research achievements. Furthermore, practical case studies with selected experts were organised to perform short feasibility studies related to current
groundwater or soil management problems. (2) At the Junior Expert Level, Advanced Study Courses were organised with the objective to quickly transfer new
research achievements from the contaminated land and groundwater research community to young European academics. Three one-week Advanced Study Courses were held with broad participation of new EU-Member States. Additionally three 3-day Cluster Meetings were held.
Three Case Studies were carried out by small expert groups to work on emerging topics. between ongoing research projects in the field of soil and groundwater
IMAGE-TRAIN initated the following activities: (1) The lack of implementation of promising soil and groundwater remediation technologies has led to the
initiation of a network on technology demonstration. A proposal for a co-ordination action was successfully submitted under the 6th EU Framework Programme
for Research and Development (EURODEMO, European Platform for Demonstration of Efficient Soil and Groundwater Remediation).
Product Descriptions:
Main objectives of IMAGE-TRAIN were:     
- to establish topic-links between RTD projects dealing with innovative groundwater management and to promote their practical application, and     
- to transfer existing and emerging knowledge to young scientists and academics in the European Union and the EU Accession Countries.    
IMAGE-TRAIN proceedings, course materials, and reports are freely available from the project's website ( 
Additional Information:

Project Resources:

Screening of FP 5 Research Projects and Results in the Area Pollution Prevention Ready for Application into Practice ? - Product Survey -

Cyanide removal from gold mining solutions: laboratory experiments

Passive in situ remediation of acidic mine/industrial drainage (PIRAMID): Implementation of a technology

Development of Improved Detection Systems for Monitoring of Toxic Heavy Metals in Groundwaters and Soils

Sustainable management of soil and groundwater resources in urban areas

A Review of Saline Mine Waters in the Silesian Region and Methods for Managing them

Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Reactive materials and attenuation processes for permeable reactive barriers

Design aspects of passive in situ remediation schemes for mining & industrial effluents

Image Train: Innovative Management of Groundwater Resources in Europe Training and RTD Coordination Project

IMAGE-TRAIN: Remediation Decisions: Analysis of 10 European Cases

Introduction to an Ongoing Technology Development Project on a Complex On-Site Investigation Approach

Passive In situ Remediation of Metal Polluted Water with Caustic magnesia: Evidence from Column Experiments

Geochemical Processes Controlling Minewater Pollution

PRB treatment of acidic groundwater

Administrative implementation of integral measures against groundwater contamination – first recommendations

On-site remediation of groundwater contaminated by polar organic compounds using a new adsorption technology

Assessing and Improving Sustainability of Urban Water Resources and Systems

Water Catchment Areas: Tools for Management and Control of Hazardous Compounds

Scoping study: applicability of PIR systems to mine waters in Eastern and Southern Europe

Assessing Infiltration and Exfiltration on the performance of urban Sewer Systems

Arsenic release and attenuation at a French mine site

Reactive materials and attenuation processes for permeable reactive barriers

Development of technologies using the activity of sulfate- and metalreducing bacteria (SMRB) to remove heavy metals and metalloids from ground waters and soils

Authorities and end-users: reactive materials and assessment of the long-term efficacy of PRB systems

Evaluation of results from the integral groundwater investigation method: application in Stuttgart

Human health risk assessment in the management of groundwater resources

Introduction to Human Health Risk Assessment

The Integral Groundwater Investigation Method: Concepts and Principles

Toward an Improved Risk Assessment of the Contaminant Spreading in Fractured Underground Reservoirs

Introduction to an Ongoing Technology Development Project on a Complex On-Site Investigation Approach

Towards an Improved Risk Assessment of the Contaminant. How to operate risk management zones in fractured aquifers

Groundwater risk assessment at contaminated sites: Efforts and strategies to reach a broad implementation of results.

The Diffuse Phosphorous Pollution Cluster: DESPRAL – An environmental soil test to determine the potential from sediments and phosphorous transfer in run-off from agricultural land.

WELCOME - Development of integrated management system for prevention and reduction: The interaction between field and lab investigations, modelling and the managing of megasites from the perspective of the end-users

Basic Principles of Quantitative Risk Assessment

Natural attenuation of petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater

Risk-Based Approach to Contaminated Land Assessment and Remediation

WATCH - Water Catchment areas - Tools for management and control of hazardous compounds: A model how to deal with risk management zones and to implement the GW

Risk Based Approach – Application Examples

Acquisition of Fate and Behavior Data

A Decision Support System to Quantify Cost/Benefit Relationships of the Use of Vegetation in the Management of Heavy Metal Polluted Soils and Dredged Sediments

Integral groundwater investigation: field application in Milano (Italy)

Immission pumping tests in Linz

The integral groundwater investigation method: 1st field measurements in Strasbourg

Molecular tools for assessing the bioremediation potential in organohalogen-contaminated sites: Strategy to detect reductive dehalogenase genes

Ligand-modified active matrix for metal-sequestration

AR&B system Brunn a. G. - Site adapted solution of the PRB concept

Quantitative risk Assessment: Conceptual Site Models

Passive In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater: Permeable Reactive Barriers - PRBs

Long-term Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers used for the Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater (PEREBAR)

Contaminated Land and Groundwater in Europe: Highlights of the 1st IMAGE-TRAIN Advanced Study Course

Groundwater Contamination of Tarnowskie Góry Megasite

Design, Construction and Operation of Tailored Permeable Reactive Barriers

Passive prevention of pollutant release from mining waste and remediation of pit lakes in Sweden – a contribution to PIRAMID

GIS data bases for four European hot spot areas with soil and groundwater contamination.

Electrokinetic techniques

Cyanide removal from gold mining laboratory experiments

Crop-Specific Human Exposure Assessment for Soil Pollutants

How to recognize a hydrocarbon fuel in the environment and estimate its age of release

Tracer investigations in flooded mines – The Strassberg/Harz multitracer test

The integral groundwater investigation method: inversion of concentration-time series and field application at the INCORE Strasbourg site

Case Study: Remediation of a Former Uranium Mining / Processing Site in Hungary

PHYTODEC – How to address the end-users and their needs

Pesticides in European Groundwaters: Actual status and Scenarios of possible Evolution

On-site remediation of ground water contaminated by polar organic ng a new adsorption technology: Benchmarking of an innovative technology

Modelling pollutant release from uranium mine workings

Impacts of Mining on Physical Hydrogeology

The role of vegetation in wetland treatment of mine waters

Towards passive treatment of uranium mine waters

Evaluation of long-term aspects of passive groundwater remediation techniques

System approach to environmentally acceptable farming: Results in the perspective of the potential users such as farmers, land managers and water directors

Removal of uranium from contaminated groundwater at the former uranium mining site in Pécs, Southern Hungary

AR&B system Brunn a. G. - Site adapted solution of the PRB concept
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 5
Link to Organisations:

Umweltbundesamt (Environmental Protection Agency)
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Prof Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/07/2003 17:48:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/10/2006 11:52:00