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The eGROUNDWATER project aims to implement advanced information systems to improve groundwater management

The Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (IIAMA-UPV) coordinates the eGroundwater project (Citizen Science and ICT-based Information Systems for Assessment, Modelling and Sustainable Participatory Management of Groundwater). This research will develop a management platform that will represent a technological innovation in the way of acquiring, processing and using groundwater data. A group of centres from Algeria, Spain, France, Morocco and Portugal is participating in this project.

The project, which will last four years, will focus on different case studies in which work will be done on the development and implementation of the platform, with the aim of determining strategies and understanding the impact that these actions have on the environmental improvement of ecosystems. Specifically, the IIAMA researchers will study the Requena-Utiel aquifer, which has recently been declared in a poor quantitative state, making it necessary to develop and apply an exploitation plan to guarantee its sustainability, which includes implementing mechanisms to guarantee the control of water use.

The Algerian partners will focus their research on the oasis in the Timimoun oasis, where traditional agriculture in the Foggaras oasis areas is threatened by the recent proliferation of irrigation wells that are lowering the groundwater level.

The Moroccan researchers will also address the case of the Aim TImguenay aquifer, where its small size and the small number of agricultural plots irrigated from it are a barrier to the implementation of traditional information systems because farmers cannot afford them.

Finally, the Campina de Faro aquifer in Portugal is experiencing to a number of problems such as nitrate pollution of the Ria Formosa lagoon from agricultural activities and the progressive drop in groundwater levels due to the large tourist development in its western part.