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A new integrated geophysical approach for the rational management and exploration of groundwater resources

Objective

The main objectives are as follows:

The development and testing of a flexible, high resolution, integrated geophysical work package which can be used for the solution of water exploration or management problems in complex hydrogeological settings such as are found in the Mediterranean coastal region.

In practical terms this means establishing improved methods of sitting productive boreholes, thereby reducing exploration costs for new groundwater reserves, and to research the capabilities of non-invasive methods for monitoring and managing "at risk" aquifers of the Mediterranean. The applicability of the results will also be tested at a number of sites within the EU.
Expected Outcome

The work carried out in this project will lead to improved combinations of innovative geophysical techniques for application in deep aquifers in the Mediterranean region. This evaluation will also lead to a more cost effective approach to water exploration and management studies, by enabling the identification of deeply located water supplies by non-invasive technology, instead of traditional drilling techniques.
The key activities are to be performed in Cyprus and Israel.

The hydrogeological problem to be addressed on Cyprus is water exploration, and will include:
* reliable and detailed mapping of various types of aquifers (sediments/crystalline basement)
* geophysical exploration, using a combination of NMR, EKS, AMT, AAR and other sophisticated techniques
* evaluation of water quality by ICP-MS and other analyses.

The hydrogeological problem to be addressed in Israel is water resource management, and will include:
* problems of salinization, contamination, overpumping, which will be evaluated to enable a more efficient management.
* geophysical exploration to provide a better knowledge of the inner structure of the aquifers, using NMR, EKS, TDEM, AMT, AAR and other techniques

For both areas there will be a detailed evaluation of the economic feasibility.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Address
97,Terrein University College Utrecht, Gebouw U En W,
3508 TA Utrecht
Netherlands

Participants (5)

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
France
Address
Avenue Claude Guillemin 3
45060 Orléans
Geoinvest Ltd.
Cyprus
Address

1000 Nicosia
Ministry of Agricultural and Natural Resources
Cyprus
Address

1415 Nicosia
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Murchison House, West Mains Roads
EH9 3LA Edinburgh
The Geophysical institute of Israel
Israel
Address
1,Hamashbifr Street
58122 Holon