DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMME AREA
On a national level GEUS completes regional analyses through systematic measurements and modelling of the development in quantity and quality of the water resources. The backbone of these activities is the National Centre for Groundwater and Well data, which has been in function since the Danish Water Supply Act was formulated in 1926 (worlds first), and now contains digital well log data from more than 270.000 boreholes in Denmark. In addition GEUS is the topic centre for Danish Groundwater Monitoring, including the operation of an early warning system for pesticide leaching, and giving the annually updated status of groundwater quality and quantity. Furthermore GEUS is developing a National Water Resources Model which will help to compute the changes in the distribution of the water resources on regional and national level caused by changes in climate, land use, and groundwater withdrawal. Flow in double porous media, soil-water interaction, transport of contaminants and bio-degradation are key fields of research.
The staffing within the water resources area at GEUS numbers a total of 50 - 60 specialists, including PhD's, MSc's, and technicians, which provide consulting services to public and private sectors in Denmark and abroad. This includes Danish as well as international donor projects in Eastern Europe and in developing countries. The project activities are supported by a number of tools and systems which are constantly being maintained and developed and includes the following:
Well-developed network structures are a prerequisite for efficient and high quality implementation of projects. Within the water resources area GEUS collaborates with private consulting companies, research institutes, universities, etc. depending on the nature of the activities. This includes the permanent research co-operation with the Technical University of Denmark, the "Groundwater Group", and the co-operation between the European geological surveys, the EuroGeoSurveys Groundwater Topic Network, which among other things provides the European Union with advice and information, and promotes transfer of European know-how to third world countries. The Survey has within the last few years been engaged in a number of planning and monitoring projects in Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Africa and Central America.
Annually about 20 pct. of the budget is allocated to water resources.
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