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
WP1Organisational and Scientific Coordination (TNO). Coordinator is Hans-Peter Broers
WP2IP & CT coordination, Data management and dissemination (GEUS)
WP3H3O-PLUS: Harmonized information for subsurface spatial planning and management in a transboundary lowland aquifer system (VMM)
WP4TRANSFLUX: Harmonization of data, monitoring and modelling in a transboundary setting (PIG-PIB)
WP5CHAKA: Typology of karst aquifers and recommendations for their management (BRGM)
WP6Pan-EU Groundwater Resources Map (TNO)
#Participant Legal NameInstituteCountryTotal PM
1Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO [Project Coordinator]TNONetherlands75.2
2Per Sherbimin Gjeologjik Shqiptar – Albanian Geological SurveyAGSAlbania28.9
3Geologische BundesanstaltGBAAustria6.9
6Vlaamse Milieu MaatschappijVMMBelgium30.2
6aBelgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CENSCKBelgium3.0
7Federalni Zavod Za Geologiju – Geological Survey of Federation of Bosnia and HerzegovinaFZZGBosnia and Herzegovina3.6
8Hrvatski Geološki Institut – Croatian Geological SurveyHGICroatia16.8
9Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of CyprusGSDCyprus2.0
10Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological SurveyCGSCzech Republic9.7
11Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUSGEUSDenmark15.7
12Geologian Tutkimuskeskus – Geological Survey of FinlandGTKFinland1.5
13Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et MinièresBRGMFrance17.9
14Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat – Mining and Geological Survey of HungaryMBFSZHungary11.8
15Islenskar Orkurannsoknir – Iceland GeoSurveyISORIceland5.2
16Geological Survey of IrelandGSIIreland21.6
17Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale del PiemonteARPAPItaly4.0
18Regione ToscanaRTItaly3.6
19Latvijas Vides, Geologijas Un Meteorologijas Centrs SiaLEGMCLatvia0.25
20Lietuvos Geologijos Tarnyba prie Aplinkos Ministerijos – Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of LithuaniaLGTLithuania6.0
21Administration Des Ponts et Chaussees DirectionSGLLuxembourg1.0
22Ministry for Transport and InfrastructureMTI (OPM)Malta1.5
23Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut BadawczyPIG-PIBPoland17.0
24Laboratório Nacional de Energia e GeologiaLNEGPortugal3.9
25Institutul Geologic al RomânieiIGRRomania7.9
26Geološki zavod Srbije – Geological Survey of SerbiaGSSSerbia0.5
27Geološki zavod SlovenijeGZSSlovenia12.5
28Instituto Geológico y Minero de España – Geological Survey of SpainIGMESpain18.1
29Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya – Cartographic and Geological Institute of CataloniaICGCSpain17.6
30Sveriges Geologiska UndersökningSGUSweden0.25
31State Research and Development Enterprise – State Information Geological Fund of UkraineGEOINFORMUkraine2.0
32United Kingdom Research and Innovation – British Geological SurveyBGS (UKRI)United Kingdom8.9
33*Eesti GeoloogiakeskusEGTEstonia1.5
34*Regione UmbriaRUItaly1.0
35*Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-WestfalenNRWGermany2.0

*non-funded partners