Hydrological processes and Geological settings over Europe controlling dissolved geogenic and anthropogenic elements in groundwater of relevance to human health and the status of dependent ecosystems (HOVER)

Abstract

The challenge is to gain understanding of the controls on groundwater quality across Europe using the combined expertise and data held by member states. The project will address groundwater management issues related to drinking water, human and ecosystem health across Europe in relation to both geogenic elements and anthropogenic pollutants by data sharing, technical and scientific exchange between European GSOs[1]. We will link our knowledge of geological settings and understanding of hydrogeological processes to the natural variability of groundwater quality and to the risk of transfer of anthropogenic dissolved compounds to aquifers. For natural water quality this will include evaluating health risks and spatial variability of concentrations of geogenic elements and using a common approach to assessing thermal and mineral water. For diffuse pollutant behaviour we will increase understanding of ecology and microbial diversity controls on transforming pollutants at groundwater-surface water transition zones, quantify groundwater age distributions and nitrate and pesticide travel times in the subsurface and their attenuation patterns for evaluating the efficiency of programme of measures, the design and assessment of monitoring programmes, pollution trends, and create EU-wide aquifer vulnerability maps by comparing assessment methods across Europe. New compounds will be addressed by developing a consistent approach to groundwater monitoring for organic emerging contaminants. Common standards, databases and maps will be developed and project outputs will include thematic maps and web service tools at pan-European scale and databases available through the Information Platform to increase political and public awareness and improve groundwater management at the EU scale.

Project website

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Work packages

WP1: Project management and Scientific coordination
WP2: GeoERA Information platform (GIP) and cross thematic coordination, data management and dissemination
WP3: Hydrogeochemistry and health: Mapping groundwater characteristics for the management of aquifers naturally enriched in dissolved elements
WP4: Linking aquifer microbial ecology and diversity to contaminant transforming processes at European groundwater-surface water transition zones
WP5: Nitrate and pesticides transport from soil to groundwater receptors
WP6: Groundwater Age DIStributions and residence times in European aquifers (“GADIS”)
WP7: Harmonized vulnerability to pollution mapping of the upper aquifer
WP8: Effective monitoring of emerging contaminants: development and validation of new assessment methods

Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 2,999,914 € of which the participants contribute 2,108,869 € and the EC contributes 890,945 €.

The participants and their contributions in terms of Person Months are:

Participant Legal Name Country Person Month
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek – (TNO) Netherlands

30.0

DELTARES (DLT) Netherlands

7.4

Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA) Austria

22.5

Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij – Flanders Environment Agency (VMM) Belgium

5.8

Federalni zavod za geologiju (Geological Survey of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FZZG) Bosnia-Herzegovina

11.0

Hrvatski Geološki Institut (HGI-CGS) Croatia

14.5

Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus – Geological Survey Department (GSD CYPRUS) Cyprus

6.0

Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey (CGS) Czech Republic

11.0

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) Denmark

51.0

 Geologian Tutkimuskeskus (GTK) Finland

1.4

Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) [Project Coordinator] France

38.5

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) Germany

15.5

Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie Niedersachsen (LBEG) Germany

4.5

Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ) Hungary

18.5

Islenskar orkurannsoknir – Iceland GeoSurvey (ISOR) Iceland

3.8

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment – Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Ireland

11.5

Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA) Italy

5.0

Latvian Centre of Geology, Environment and Meteorology (LEGMC) Latvia

5.0

Lietuvos Geologijos Tarnyba prie Aplinkos Ministerijos (LGT) Lithuania

7.5

Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Malta

7.2

Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy (PIG-PIB) Poland

11.0

Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG) Portugal

3.0

Institutul Geologic al României (IGR) Romania

8.7

Geological Survey of Serbia (GSS) Serbia

8.0

Geološki zavod Slovenije (GeoZS) Slovenia

37.5

Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME-Spain, IGME in HOVER) Spain

28.0

Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) Spain

13.0

Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU) Sweden

9.5

State Research and Development Enterprise State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine (GEOINFORM) Ukraine

8.2

United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), as represented by its component body the British Geological Survey United Kingdom

15.0

Non-funded partners
Eesti Geoloogiateenistus (EGT) Estonia

1.0

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium (RBINS-GSB) Belgium

2.0

Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe Brandenburg (LBGR) Germany

1.0