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COST-621 Action 'Groundwater management of coastal karstic aquifers' was set up in April 1997, with the aim of increasing the knowledge required to establish criteria for improving groundwater use in karst aquifers and for recovering groundwater resources in overexploited and salinised aquifers. Representatives from 11 countries participated in the action group (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Malta and Turkey).

One of the objectives of COST-621 was to collect information on the characteristics of costal karstic aquifers in the Mediterranean region in terms of their particular hydrogeological environments. The preparation of the book 'The main coastal karstic aquifer of southern Europe' was conceived to cover this task.

The book brings together 62 examples of costal karstic aquifers in the Mediterranean. A brief and simple description of their geological and hydrogeological conditions is given that allows any reader to understand the peculiar features of each zone and the problems related to the sustainable exploitation of their related groundwater resources.

In addition, the variety of geomorphological, hydrogeological, exploitation and seawater intrusion conditions has allowed a statistical classification of the costal karst aquifers to be proposed, which could be useful to managers of karstic groundwater resources in costal zones, allowing them to gain a preliminary understanding of the problems connected with the aquifers they are exploiting.

Additional information

Authors: CALAFORRA J. M. (Editor), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20911 EN (2004), 123 pp. Euro: 25
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20911-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-6413-5
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