Export of know-how about groundwater mapping
In Denmark, pure groundwater accounts for more than 99% of our water supply. Protection of our groundwater resources is therefore of extraordinary importance. Considerable knowlegde and experience regarding the use and protection of the groundwater resources has been gathered in Denmark over the years. That has created significant international awareness.
GEUS Department of Groundwater and Quaternary Mapping is also involved in groundwater mapping projects abroad. Among others the department has a collaboration with theDepartment of Groundwater Resources in Bangkok, Thailand and participates in a DANIDA project in Ghana.
In the Kamphaeng Phet mapping area groundwater is used for irrigation. Photo by Peter Sandersen, GEUS
The Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Bangkok, Thailand is testing Danish groundwater mapping technology these years in a larger, selffinanced pilot project. The Danish contribution has hitherto been concentrated on an area called Kamphaeng Phet, which is a smaller part of a study area with a size about 48.000 km2. The study area covers the main part of the Upper Central Plain, which is the main drainage basin to the river Chao Phraya. Chao Phraya runs through Bangkok before its waters ends up in the Gulf of Thailand.
Contact persons in GEUS for the Thailand project:
The White Volta Basin in Northern Ghana is marked with black on the map.
Danish knowhow is used in Ghana in a DANIDA financed project. The purpose of the project is
- to strengthen research capacity in Ghana on hydrogeological research
- to develop an improved understanding of the groundwater resources in the White Volta Basin in Northern Ghana
- and to develope a groundwater flow model to support quantitative assessments of the variations in groundwater budgets and the sustainability of groundwater resources development for large scale irrigation
Contact person in GEUS for the Ghana project: