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FLOODWATER RECHARGE OF ALLUVIAL AQUIFERS IN DRYLAND ENVIRONMENTS

Objective

The WADE project aims to assess long-term (decades to centuries) water resources in selected semiarid to hyperacid ephemeral river basins by determining long-term transmission losses from floods and quantifying floodwater recharge into alluvial aquifers. An innovative approach will be applied based on three principal research themes.
1) Palaeoflood hydrology will be used to determine long-term flood magnitude and frequency in order to quantify the frequency of recharging flood events.
2) Surface and sub-surface hydrology will be monitored in order to quantify transmission losses through the riverbed into the alluvial aquifers. The combination of these two mythologies will be able to quantify long-term aquifer recharge through flooding.
3) The final research theme focuses on thesauri-economic issues related to the use of alluvial aquifer groundwater within the study catchments. The research will be undertaken in 4 research basins, twinning catchments in Spain and Israel with study catchments in Namibia and South Africa.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-GLOBAL-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Serrano, 117
Madrid
Spain

Participants (11)

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
Address
Ma Scopus Campus
Jerusalem
HYDROISOTOP GMBH
Germany
Address
Woelkestr. 9
Schweitenkirchen
DESERT RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF NAMIBIA
Namibia
Address
7, Rossini Street
Windhoek
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
Address
Lovers' Walk
Rondebosch
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Canada
Address
2600 Laurier Blvd, #640
Sainte-foy (Quebec)
THE BEN GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
Address
Research And Development Authority
Beer-sheva
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA
Namibia
Address
Luther Street
Windhoek
SURPLUS PEOPLE PROJECT
South Africa
Address
45 Collingwood Road Observatory
Athlone
KAMIESBURG MUNICIPALITY
South Africa
Address
Main Street, Garies
Garies
NAMA KHOI MUNICIPALITY
South Africa
Address
Namakwa Street, Springbok
Springbok