Imagine a groundwater manager sitting in front of the computer, with a window open to a website where questions about the response of the aquifer to a reduction of infiltration in a dry year could be asked and answered almost instantly. Imagine a farmer in need of introducing a new fertilizer who could query the same website and know the impact that a given load will have on groundwater quality. Imagine a hydrogeologist building a numerical model to analyse the impact of some dewatering wells in need of historical data about the evolution of piezometric levels in the aquifer and getting those data online. Imagine a citizen, any citizen, concerned with climate change and interested in the evolution of groundwater reserves in the region and obtaining this information from the cloud. Imagine innovative sustainable management of groundwater in the MED. Stop imagining because this is InTheMED, a project aimed at providing the most innovative decision support system tools to be demonstrated and applied in selected case studies around the Mediterranean; a project also aimed at fostering the sharing of data, methods and results, making sharing the rule rather than the exception. Tools solidly founded in the most advanced system-process and socio-economic models, and the participatory involvement of all stakeholders, from water authorities to end users, from hydrogeology experts to total system analysts. Imagining InTheMED is imagining a better understanding of groundwater, better groundwater resilience, a new way of modelling, management and remediation, and a new manner of understanding decision support systems, always aimed at ensuring groundwater sustainability in water-stressed areas in the Mediterranean.
1. Identification of groundwater problems in the MED region by means of a SWOT analysis regarding quantitative and qualitative groundwater aspects of the five field sites, 2. Investigation of the long-term groundwater trends by a data-driven analysis using historical in-situ groundwater quantity and quality data, 3. Application of the innovative High-Resolution Monitoring Approach (HRMA: allowing near real-time monitoring), 4. Incorporating groundwater management within a broader socio-economic context to improve water resources resilience through stakeholder workshops and dynamic simulation modelling, 5. Raising awareness in society and among stakeholders to improve groundwater management through the implementation of a multi-actor participatory approach, 6. Identification of groundwater problems and implementation of the appropriate feasible preventive mitigation options through sustainable learning processes, 7. Establishment of adaptable and sustainable management strategies through the combination of HRMA, smart modelling, socio-economic assessments, bottom-up management and remediation strategies, an innovative Fuzzy WebDSS tool and effective communication dissemination strategies, 8. Prediction of the effects of future climate and anthropogenic changes, and how they can be mitigated by stakeholder-suggested preventive options using smart modelling, 9. Advice to industries at selected sites to reduce their discharge loads through the adoption of a local water management concept and the implementation of the best technologies for the treatment of their effluents, 10. Development of an easy-to-use Fuzzy WebDSS tool benefiting from the real-time measured data using specific sensors and modelling results to reinforce early-warning and ensure the real-time groundwater characterization and optimal decision making, 11. Promotion of InTheMED results and improvement of its regional and international visibility through participation in high-level international conferences and integration of different initiatives targeting the MED region, 12. Upscaling of the InTheMED concept to the whole MED region and replicability of its methodology to other MED countries through cross-country dissemination tools based on participatory workshops and public communication.
The aim of the InTheMED project is to implement innovative and sustainable management tools and remediation strategies for MED aquifers (inland and coastal) in order to mitigate anthropogenic and climate-change threats by creating new long-lasting spaces of social learning among different interdependent stakeholders, NGOs, and scientific researchers in five field case studies, located at the two shores of the MED basin (Spain, Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, and Turkey).
- Application of European standards on water management and wastewater treatment to non-European countries, - Willingness of stakeholders to get involved on a new, innovative transparent governance, - Economic growth in the study sites due to the adaptation of an efficient and effective management of groundwater, - Positive impact on the environment, - Improve water management by Water Authorities and concerned stakeholders by means of an innovative DSS tool.
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