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IMVUL : Towards improved groundwater vulnerability assessment

Description:

The project aims to train researchers in the major issues and processes relevant to groundwater vulnerability. The network consists of 8 partners in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Israel and Norway and 13 associated partners from the water industry. The research objectives are to increase our understanding of the fundamental processes relevant to groundwater vulnerability and develop improved prediction tools.



IMVUL (Towards improved groundwater vulnerability assessment) is a Marie Curie Initial Training network under EU Framework 7 (Grant agreement 212298, 3.25M Euros). The network started on the 1st October 2008 and will run for 4 years. The principal aim of the IMVUL network is to train researchers in the major issues, scientific challenges and operational problems in groundwater vulnerability that face the groundwater industry today, through a combination of research and industry related training.

Background

There has been an increasing realization over the last 30 years that to preserve water quality and quantity in Europe, measures at both European and national levels are needed. Our groundwater resources are at risk from a wide variety of stresses including point and diffuse sources of contamination, over-abstraction and saline intrusion. Minimizing this risk requires a good understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes involved and the development of tools to assess groundwater vulnerability, aid water management and design protection strategies. To meet the challenges imposed by the new EU Water and Ground Water Framework Directives, the water industry throughout Europe is already significantly expanding, creating an increasing demand for appropriately educated graduates.

The ITN network, IMVUL, is aimed at training researchers in the major issues and processes relevant to groundwater vulnerability. The network consists of 8 partners and 13 associated partners from industry in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Israel and Norway. The research objectives are to increase our understanding of the fundamental processes relevant to groundwater vulnerability and develop improved prediction tools that can contribute to the protection and sustainable use of Europe's groundwater resources.

Project information

Lead
University of Leeds (UK) Dr. Noelle Odling
Partners

University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS) School of Earth and Environment (SEE) UK; University of Edinburgh (UEDIN) School of Geosciences UK; Weizmann Institute (Weizmann) Environmental Science and Energy research (ESER) Israel; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) G�osciences Rennes France; Université Pierre et Marie Curie Laboratoire Sisyphe (UPMC-Sisyphe) UPMC - Sisyphe France; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) Institut de Diagn�stic Ambiental i Estudis de l'Aigua Spain; Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) Department of Hydraulic, Environmental, Transportation and Surveying Engineering (DIIAR) Italy; Geological Survey of Norway(NGU) Groundwater section Norway

Source of funding
FP 7 Marie Curie

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Keywords

Impact assessment, groundwater, vulnerability assessment

Duration

2008/10/1-2013/4/30

Climate impacts

Water Scarcity, Droughts

Elements

Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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