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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

Description:

The objective of GENESIS is to integrate pre-existing and new scientific knowledge into new methods, concepts and tools for the revision of the Ground Water Directive and better management of groundwater resources. The research will:
i) link the present knowledge to an integrated model from sources of pollution to the recipient ecosystem,
ii) improve the understanding of pollutant leaching from different land-uses both in time and space considering also uncertainty,
iii) develop a better understanding of how ecosystems depend on groundwater,
iv) understand how changes in land-use and climate affect the groundwater and dependent ecosystems, and
v) develop better cost-efficient management and monitoring tools and transfer the research results to stakeholders and end-users for better management.

GENESIS will provide tools to assess land-use and climate impacts on ground water and related ecosystems. The tools will be based on better scientific basis on
i) groundwater flow paths,
ii) biogeochemical processes,
iii) methods to observe and reduce pollution,
iv) ecosystem interactions, and
v) integrated management.

GENESIS will provide better solutions to identify groundwater pollution changes, develop methods to assess the points for pollution trend reversal, and generate knowledge on how to protect groundwater dependent ecosystems. This sets the basis for future and better groundwater management.

Project information

Lead
NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH - BIOFORSK (NO)KLÖVE Björn
Partners

Bioforsk, Norway;UOULU, Finland; JR, Austria; ETH, Switzerland; LTU, Sweden; UB, Romania; GIS, Czech Republic; INRA, France; Alterra, The Netherlands; HMGU, Germany; EAWAG, Switzerland; AGH, Poland; UCSC, Italy; IGEM, Turkey; UPVLC, Spain; DUTh, Greece; CUT, Poland; UNINE, Switzerland; AUEB-RC, Greece; UNIDUN, United Kingdom; UNIZG-RGNF, Croatia UFZ, Germany; SMHI, Sweden; UNIMAN, United Kingdom; UNIBO, Italy

Source of funding
FP 7

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Keywords

Decision support systems, Impact assessment and indicator Knowledge exchange

Duration

2009/4/1-2014/3/31

Climate impacts

Droughts, Water Scarcity

Elements

Sector Policies, Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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