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Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product

Objective

Groundwater is one of the most important freshwater resources for mankind and for ecosystems. Assessing groundwater resources and developing sustainable water management plans based on this resource is a major field of activity for science, water authorities and consultancies worldwide. Due to its fundamental role in the Earth’s water and energy cycles, groundwater has been declared as an Essential Climate Variable (ECV) by GCOS, the Global Climate Observing System. The Copernicus Services, however, do not yet deliver data on this fundamental resource, nor is there any other data source worldwide that operationally provides information on changing groundwater resources in a consistent way, observation-based, and with global coverage. This gap will be closed by G3P, the Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product.
The G3P consortium combines key expertise from science and industry across Europe that optimally allows to (1) capitalize from the unique capability of GRACE and GRACE-FO satellite gravimetry as the only remote sensing technology to monitor subsurface mass variations and thus groundwater storage change for large areas, (2) incorporate and advance a wealth of products on storage compartments of the water cycle that are part of the Copernicus portfolio, and (3) disseminate unprecedented information on changing groundwater storage to the global and European user communities, including a European use case as a demonstrator for industry potential in the water sector. In combination, the G3P development is a novel and cross-cutting extension of the Copernicus portfolio towards essential information on the changing state of water resources at European and global scales. G3P is timely given the recent launch of GRACE-FO that opens up the chance for gravity-based time series with sufficient length to monitor climate-induced and human-induced processes over more than 20 years, and to boost European space technology on board these satellites.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2019
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 875 502,50

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 393 000
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 236 946,25
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 207 791,25
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 626,25
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES
France
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
11 Rue Hermes
31520 Ramonville St Agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING INTERNATIONAL GROUNDWATER RESOURCES ASSESMENT CENTRE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Westvest 7
2611 AX Delft
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 223 173,75
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAGELLIUM SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 130 000
Address
1 Rue Ariane
31520 Ramonville Saint Agne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 30 875
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUTUREWATER SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 60 250
Address
Calle Azucena 23
30205 Cartagena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EODC EARTH OBSERVATION DATA CENTREFOR WATER RESOURCES MONITORING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 96 337,50
Address
Franz-grill-strasse 9
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)