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Proglacial and subglacial aquifers: their evolution under climate change and the potential impacts in terms of resources and natural hazards, through the case of eastern Iceland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 885891

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    13 January 2021

  • End date

    12 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 184 239,36

  • EU contribution

    € 184 239,36

Coordinated by:

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

Objective

The research addressing glacier evolution under climate change is well developed, looking not only at changes in mass balance, but also at the associated effects on basal and downstream hydrology. However, aftermath changes to the groundwater component are rarely considered, even though evolving groundwater recharge, discharge and storage will be required to forecast the evolution of water resources and of water-related hazards under climate change. This knowledge gap is the object of IceAq.
IceAq will focus on 4 outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull, the main icelandic icecap, which retreat under climate change is already documented. In addition to gathering of existing data (from geology to climatology), new data will be acquired on the field, mainly to characterise groundwater. Based on those data-sets, local comprehensive numerical models will be build, and then be integrated into a regional one, which will allow more realistic hydrogeological simulations, and the input of future climate scenarios.
The scientific perspective is threefold: achievement of an operational understanding and quantification of unknown or poorly known aquifer systems in glacial context, prediction of their hydrodynamic response to climate change, and exploration of the potential role of glacier-aquifer interactions in the mechanism of deep recharge and formation of offshore fresh groundwater stocks in littoral zones.
Outputs of the project will provide first answers to those interrogations, and be disseminated in the scientific community but also to the general audience through a participatory approach. The developed methodology will be applied in the future to other glaciated systems in different contexts.
Dr Vincent and the glaciology group of IES, UoI, have very complementary expertise, essential for this project. The planned research and training is expected to allow Dr Vincent to reach her career objectives and will offer her host new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations

Coordinator

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Address

Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 184 239,36

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 885891

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    13 January 2021

  • End date

    12 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 184 239,36

  • EU contribution

    € 184 239,36

Coordinated by:

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland