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Towards Improved Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment

Objective

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 proposed ITN network, IMVUL, is aimed at training 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 that can contribute to the protection and sustainable use of Europe's groundwater resources. This will be achieved through investigations of case study aquifers and their vulnerability issues, laboratory experiments of contaminant transport in the subsurface, and numerical and analytical modelling of the processes pertinent to groundwater vulnerability. The proposed network will contribute to satisfying a growing skill demand in groundwater research and the water industry by producing graduates with not only a sound knowledge of the scientific basis of groundwater vulnerability, but also good investigatory skills through their research experience and additional training relevant to the water industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 576 340,38
Administrative Contact
Noelle Elsie Odling (Dr.)

Participants (7)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 404 897,56
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Elphick (Dr.)
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 377 219,38
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Talia Tzahor (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 456 027,78
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Florence Morineau (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 409 920,18
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Billi-Rizza (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 376 244,80
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jesus Carrera (Prof.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 399 307,38
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Campanelli (Ms.)
NORGES GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOKELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 221 559,40
Address
Leiv Eirikssonsv Vei 39
7040 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Cramer (Dr.)