GeoERA RESOURCE

Project Description

The RESOURCE project seeks to address the existing gap in understanding and managing groundwater resources across Europe. While individual European Union (EU) member states have established frameworks for monitoring and managing groundwater within their territories, a cohesive overview of fresh groundwater resources across the continent is lacking. This absence hinders effective policy development and evaluation, particularly concerning transboundary groundwater management. The project proposes a concerted effort to harmonize information about Europe’s groundwater resources through cross-border demonstration projects. Specifically, it aims to coordinate characterization approaches for Karst and Chalk aquifers, two prevalent geological formations influencing groundwater dynamics. By compiling and integrating available data, the project seeks to produce a comprehensive map of Europe’s fresh groundwater resources. This endeavor not only facilitates a better understanding of aquifer structures and water volumes but also enables assessments of water fluxes and quality—a crucial step in sustainable groundwater management.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate the potential benefits of harmonizing information on Europe’s groundwater resources through cross-border demonstration projects.
  2. Harmonize characterization approaches for Karst and Chalk aquifers to facilitate better understanding of groundwater dynamics.
  3. Compile and integrate available data to create a comprehensive map of Europe’s fresh groundwater resources.
  4. Provide good practices for harmonizing data and information across borders, particularly focusing on assessing aquifer structures, water volumes, fluxes, and quality.
  5. Engage regional and national stakeholders, including authorities and end-users, to ensure broad dissemination of project results and maximize societal benefits.
  6. Cooperate with the GeoERA Information Platform Project to prioritize information products beneficial for society and enhance accessibility to project outcomes.
  7. Develop information products that serve as prototypes for future accessibility within a Geological Service for Europe.

Project Outcome

The RESOURCE project is expected to yield several significant outcomes. Firstly, demonstrating the benefits of harmonizing groundwater information through cross-border projects will pave the way for improved transboundary groundwater management across Europe. Secondly, the harmonization of characterization approaches for Karst and Chalk aquifers will enhance understanding of these geological formations, leading to more accurate assessments of groundwater dynamics. Thirdly, the creation of a comprehensive map of Europe’s fresh groundwater resources will provide policymakers and stakeholders with valuable insights into aquifer structures, water volumes, fluxes, and quality. Additionally, the project will deliver best practices for harmonizing data across borders, ensuring consistency and reliability in groundwater assessments. Through engagement with stakeholders, including authorities and end-users, the project outcomes will be disseminated widely, maximizing their impact on groundwater management practices. By prioritizing information products beneficial for society and enhancing accessibility through collaboration with the GeoERA Information Platform Project, the project will establish a framework for future accessibility within a Geological Service for Europe, ensuring continued progress in groundwater management and sustainability.

Project Duration

Starting date: January 2017

End Date: February 2022

Total Duration: 62 Months

Budget Allocated: € 2,465,654 between 32 project partners.

External Website: https://geoera.eu/projects/resource9/

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