Resources of groundwater harmonized at cross-border and pan- European scale (RESOURCE)

Although EU member states generally have a comprehensive overview of the groundwater resources in their own homeland and have delineated groundwater bodies for the EU Water Framework Directive, a coherent overview of all fresh groundwater over Europe is not available for policy development and evaluation. The RESOURCE project proposal aims at demonstrating the potentials of the harmonization of information about Europe’s groundwater resources through cross-border demonstrations projects, through harmonized characterization approaches for Karst and Chalk aquifers and through a first information product at Pan-European scale where available data is compiled and integrated to produce a map of the fresh groundwater resources of Europe. The set of deliverables of the RESOURCE project will provide good practices in providing harmonized data and information across borders for assessments of the 3D structure of aquifers, the water volumes available, and the water fluxes and water quality of the resource. Harmonization of such hydrogeological information is a prerequisite for any transboundary groundwater management. A range of regional and national stakeholders will be involved in the work in order to ensure both interaction with authorities that manage and protect groundwater resources and with end-users, thus maximizing dissemination of the results and providing them with easy-access tools through the cooperation with the GeoERA Information Platform Project, jointly prioritizing the information products that are most beneficial for society. The information products to be delivered will serve as a first prototype example of information to be accessible within a Geological Service for Europe.
Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 2.465.654 € of which the participants contribute 1.733.355 € and the EC contributes 732.299 €.

Public deliverables

Deliverable 2.1, Data Management Plan.

Work Packages
WP1 Organisational and Scientific Coordination (TNO). Coordinator is Hans-Peter Broers
WP2 IP & CT coordination, Data management and dissemination (GEUS)
WP3 H3O-PLUS: Harmonized information for subsurface spatial planning and management in a transboundary lowland aquifer system (VMM)
WP4 TRANSFLUX: Harmonization of data, monitoring and modelling in a transboundary setting (PIG-PIB)
WP5 CHAKA: Typology of karst aquifers and recommendations for their management (BRGM)
WP6 Pan-EU Groundwater Resources Map (TNO)
# Participant Legal Name Institute Country Total PM
1 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO [Project Coordinator] TNO Netherlands


1a Deltares DLT Netherlands


2 Per Sherbimin Gjeologjik Shqiptar – Albanian Geological Survey AGS Albania


3 Geologische Bundesanstalt GBA Austria


6 Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij VMM Belgium


6a Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN SCK Belgium


7 Federalni Zavod Za Geologiju – Geological Survey of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina FZZG Bosnia and Herzegovina


8 Hrvatski Geološki Institut – Croatian Geological Survey HGI Croatia


9 Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus GSD Cyprus


10 Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey CGS Czech Republic


11 Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS GEUS Denmark


12 Geologian Tutkimuskeskus – Geological Survey of Finland GTK Finland


13 Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières BRGM France 17.9
14 Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat – Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary MBFSZ Hungary


15 Islenskar Orkurannsoknir – Iceland GeoSurvey ISOR Iceland


16 Geological Survey of Ireland GSI Ireland


17 Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale del Piemonte ARPAP Italy


18 Regione Toscana RT Italy


19 Latvijas Vides, Geologijas Un Meteorologijas Centrs Sia LEGMC Latvia


20 Lietuvos Geologijos Tarnyba prie Aplinkos Ministerijos – Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania LGT Lithuania


21 Administration Des Ponts et Chaussees Direction SGL Luxembourg


22 Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure MTI (OPM) Malta


23 Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy PIG-PIB Poland


24 Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia LNEG Portugal


25 Institutul Geologic al României IGR Romania


26 Geološki zavod Srbije – Geological Survey of Serbia GSS Serbia


27 Geološki zavod Slovenije GZS Slovenia


28 Instituto Geológico y Minero de España – Geological Survey of Spain IGME Spain


29 Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya – Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia ICGC Spain


30 Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning SGU Sweden


31 State Research and Development Enterprise – State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine GEOINFORM Ukraine


32 United Kingdom Research and Innovation – British Geological Survey BGS (UKRI) United Kingdom


33* Eesti Geoloogiakeskus EGT Estonia


34* Regione Umbria RU Italy


35* Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-Westfalen NRW Germany



*non-funded partners