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Groundwater and river resources action programme on a European Scale

Objective

The principal objective of the GRAPES project is to develop a water resources action plan in order to mitigate the degradation of European catchments resulting from the over-exploitation of groundwater resources.

Methods to meet this objective will be developed through case studies on three example
catchments, two semi arid catchments and one temperate, representing the broad cross section
of European catchments where the groundwater resources are over exploited. In conjunction with
these case studies wider, Pan European studies will be undertaken to develop methodologies for
identifying, on a European basis, the causes, the areas and the degree of over exploitation of
aquifer resources. These studies will include the development of regional definitions of overexploitation.
The project will make maximum use of existing historical data obtained through previous EC
RTD programmes and national monitoring programmes, but will not be seeking to undertake
further monitoring programmes. The principal deliverable will be the Groundwater and River
resource Action Programme on a European Scale which will take the form of a guidance manual
detailing:
. methods for identifying aquifers and catchments where resources are potentially overexploited,
including selection of correct indices of over-exploitation for a particular European region;
. decision making frameworks for developing and assessing alternative water resource
management plans for individual catchments and guidance on strategies to achieve local training
and participation in the decision making.
. generic methods for the selection and application of modelling approaches suitable for a
particular catchment problem and novel methods for modelling catchment recharge and the use
of easy to apply conceptual models in groundwater management.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB Wallingford
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas
Spain
Address
3,C/ Alfonso Xii
28014 Madrid
FOUNDATION OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Greece
Address
Vasilika Vouton
71110 Iraklion
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona, 1-3 Mòdul D1 Campus Nord
08034 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
Rue De La Piscine 1023, Domaine Universitaire
38041 Grenoble
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid
Universidad de Cantabria
Spain
Address
Avda. De Los Castros
39005 Santander