Project: Citizen science and ICT-based enhanced information systems for groundwater assessment, modelling and sustainable participatory management

Project Topic Groundwater management is subject to distinct complexities such as uncontrolled overexploitation and pollution. One critical issue for groundwater management is data availability. Data and information systems are key to sustainable groundwater management, providing knowledge on the system status and dynamics and supporting the development of groundwater models and management rules. eGROUNDWATER will support sustainable participatory groundwater management in the Mediterranean by designing and testing enhanced information systems (EIS) integrating citizen science and ICT-based tools. Innovative EIS will improve the understanding of groundwater systems, support modelling and management tools and contribute to engage stakeholders in the co-development of sustainable groundwater management strategies. Information sources include earth observation (drones, remote sensing), sensors, ICT tools (e.g. mobile apps) and engagement of citizens and stakeholders into information gathering (citizen science). Data will be uploaded to the ICT-based platform, tailored to and validated in four case studies in Algeria, Morocco, Portugal and Spain, with different data availability and features. Enhanced data availability will help to improve control of groundwater abstractions and overexploitation, supporting sustainable groundwater management and farming activities. eGROUNDWATER will examine the socio-economic implications of enhanced information systems including potential benefits, learning and interactions between users, managers and other stakeholders. Easy-to-use and comprehend Serious Games will be based on advanced scientific principles (agent-based model, system dynamics), providing an immersive experience to users (groundwater stakeholders and policy-makers). New information will strengthen the understanding of the groundwater cycle and will enable the adoption of improved resilient, sustainable and participatory groundwater management rules.
Network PRIMA
Call Section 1 Call 2019 - Management of Water

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Instituto de Ingeniería del Agua y Medio Ambiente, Universitat Politècnica de València Coordinator Spain
2 Laboratoire LEESI, Faculté des Sciences et technologies, Université d'Adrar Ahmed Draya Partner Algeria
4 Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement Partner France
5 Université Moulay Ismail Meknès, UMI Partner Morocco
6 Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão da Universidade de Lisboa Partner Portugal
7 Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia Departamento de Ciências da Terra, do Mar e do Ambiente, Universidade do Algarve Partner Portugal
8 CATALIST Partner Spain
9 VisualNACert Partner Spain