Activities on water resources management
GEUS carry out research related (ground)water resources management, e.g. in relation to the European Water Framework Directive, including integrated and adaptive water resources management on a catchment area scale
The tasks fall into four topics:
- Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive
- Integrated water resources management
- Adaptive water management
Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) includes river basin management plans and action plans to secure lakes, water courses, coastal waters and groundwater bodies in compliance with the environmental goal of "good (ecological) status" by the year 2015. This includes implementation of the Groundwater Directive which focuses on groundwater protection and sustainable groundwater exploitation. The Groundwater Directive addresses the establishment of quality requirements, threshold values as well as determination and regulation of up- or downward trends.
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) applies three main goals: economic development, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The three subsidiary goals are weighted differently among catchments, depending on political priority. While the main goal of the EU WFD has been to achieve environmental sustainability, developing countries often prioritize economic development and social equity.
Adaptive water management (AWM), like WFD and IWRM, is based on integrated management, however, explicit handling the various uncertainties associated with data, models and decision making processes. The keyword in AWM is LEARNING, in part emphasizing the understanding of complex hydrological-technical-economic systems, and in part emphasizing the handling of relationships between stakeholders, authorities and researchers in combined learning efforts.
Current projects (in alphabetic order):