Project: GOVERnance hydrotool for sustainable water resources allocation and stakeholder’s collaboration. Towards a paradigm shift in GROUNDwater management by end-users

Acronym GOTHAM
Project Topic The overarching objective of the GOTHAM project is to develop and validate a user-driven and scalable tool that enables effective groundwater governance to preserve the quantity and quality of this strategic resource on the Mediterranean basin. One of the main strengths of the tool (GTool) is that it involves the different water users in a common framework where they can exchange information in order to reach the most optimal water governance at each point in time as well as in future scenarios. In this sense, this tool will be tested and validated by the own users, ensuring its potential replicability and transferability in other Mediterranean areas with similar geological and environmental constraints.GOTHAM project presents a scalable and user-specific tool for decentralizing water resources management, including water availability and demand forecasting and their impact on groundwater balance and quality dynamics. GTool will also incorporate two key modules related to Managed Aquifer Recharge/remediation and agro-economic impact assessment, with the possibility of simulating several economic instruments for water policies. An optimised water allocation module will be developed to calculate the optimal Water Resource Mix, assuming socio-economic boundary conditions and several water availability and demand scenarios. A broad range of impacts are expected as a consequence of project development, including the reduction of groundwater balance uncertainty, the implementation of cost-effectiveness criteria in water allocation as well as the recommendation of water strategies for increasing water resilience and security. Aquifer overexploitation and pollution will be analysed by applying Data Analytics algorithms to time series from data-loggers and remote sensing imagery. The development and validation of an user-based water allocation tool will boost the creation of GWUAs, which self-regulation offers tremendous potential for effective groundwater governance
Network PRIMA
Call Section 1 Call 2019 - Management of Water

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 FUNDACIÓN CENTRO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIONES DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA Coordinator Spain
2 Inno TSD, INNO Partner France
3 ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA Partner Italy
4 Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria Onlus, ICU Partner Italy
5 National Agricultural Research Center, NARC Partner Jordan
6 Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, MoA Partner Lebanon
7 Universidad de Cordoba Partner Spain