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Implementing advanced information systems to improve the management of aquifers

“Data and information systems are key to the sustainable management of groundwater, as they provide knowledge on the status and dynamics of the system and support the development of groundwater models and management standards. The project aims to improve the sustainable and participatory management of groundwater in the Mediterranean through the implementation of advanced information systems”.

This is the main objective of the eGROUNDWATER project, (Citizen Science and Information Systems based on ICTs for Assessment, Modelling and Sustainable Participatory Management of Groundwater), coordinated by the IIAMA-UPV (Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Valencia) and involving a consortium of centres from Algeria, Spain, France, Morocco and Portugal.

The study, which is part of the R&D&I funding programme of the PRIMA Foundation (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area), aims to facilitate the sustainable management of groundwater by developing advanced information systems that will combine citizen science, innovative information sources (e.g. satellite images, drones) and traditional data sources.

The project will analyse the impact of these information systems on the quality of groundwater models and on the efficiency and sustainability of groundwater management rules, including sociological analyses to determine how aquifer management mechanisms should evolve.