"Parametrization and quantification of groundwater ecosystem services as a basis of sustainable water resource management"

GroundCare is a joint project in the funding measure “Regional Water Resources Management for Sustainable Protection of Waters in Germany” (ReWaM) sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). ReWaM is part of the BMBF funding priority “Sustainable Water Management” (NaWaM) within the framework programme “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA).

duration: 1.6.2015 - 31.5.2018 (funding no: 033W037A)

Background and Aims

In Germany, groundwater is the most important resource for drinking water. Due to land use changes, river development, extreme weather events and substance deposition, the quality and availability of groundwater is at risk. To encounter this trend it is essential to develop and standardize new concepts and tools to evaluate the ecological status and the self-cleaning potential of water. Only this allows for a sustainable resource management of groundwater on a regional scale.

The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to develop methods and biological-ecological concepts which are applicable for groundwater monitoring in water management practice. After comprehensive testing and standardization these will be provided to environmental authorities and water management organizations as a modular system.

The main tasks of this project network are:

  • Identification and implementation of ecological criteria for evaluating the ecological status of groundwater
  • Standardization of sampling techniques of ecological indicators and development of an online-measurement-system to evaluate the ecotoxicological effects of pollutants.
  • Evaluation of the ecosystem services of chosen groundwater systems with regard to extreme weather events
  • Evaluation and validation of concepts and methods at chosen project sites differing in land us
  • Development of concrete guidelines for water management practice 

Further Links: 
- link to project management agency
- link to NaWaM-ReWaM