New Scientific and Technological Basis for Assessing Climate Change and Land-use Impacts on Groundwater (GENESIS)

New Scientific and Technological Basis for Assessing Climate Change and Land-use Impacts on Groundwater (GENESIS)Groundwater resources are facing increasing quantitative pressure from land-use and consumption pressures. In some areas, groundwater quantity and quality have been reduced, resulting in negative impacts on drinking water and important ecosystems that rely on groundwater. See project poster.

There is a strong need to reduce the input of pollutants, in order to prevent groundwater pollution. Additional threats from climate change are unknown, highly interwoven and complex. In the EU, the legal response to these challenges has been through the Water Framework Directive and its associated Groundwater Directive.

The objective of the GENESIS project is to integrate pre-existing and new scientific knowledge into new methods, concepts and tools for the scheduled revision of the Groundwater Directive and better management of groundwater resources. The project makes use of 16 case study areas spread throughout the EU area, including sites beyond its borders, in Norway and in Turkey.

The Dundee work is focusing on assessing the transposition and implementation of the Groundwater Directive in a number of the project case study areas, most notably in the Rokua eskers in Finland and in the Mancha Oriental aquifer in southern Spain.

The first deliverables for Dundee will be at the end of 2011, in combination with public participation work being conducted by project partner EAWAG in Switzerland, with further work to follow concentrating on assessing the effectiveness of implementation, obstacles to implementation and potential remedial recommendations. This work will demand a high degree of interdisciplinary expertise, as the scientific findings from the project will be used as far as possible in this assessment.