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ATOIS TECHNICAL SUMMARY

Groundwater


Introduction

The information in this text is a technical summary of the work undertaken in the EU FP6 project AquaTerra (Project 
number GOCE505428), which ran from April 2005 until March 2009. The aim of this technical summary is to provide a
concise account of the range and nature of the work undertaken in the project relating to the subject of GROUNDWATER,
in particular diffuse pollution, contaminant transport and hydrology. The intention is to make the work of AquaTerra
more accessible to stakeholders for whom the information could be of value. This document should be read with a view
to following up the work it describes in more detail through the specific project deliverables, which if publically
available can be downloaded from the main project website:
http://www.eu-aquaterra.de. Alternatively, a catalogue
of relevant scientific publications related to this subject can be viewed at
http://www.aquatera.eugris.info.

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Background

Groundwater is a core element of the hydrological cycle and the river basin system. It provides a major source of 
drinking water for a substantial area of Europe, as well as being abstracted for industrial uses. Contamination
of groundwater is a serious issue, due to the length of time it takes for remediation processes or natural attenuation
to take effect. Once contamination is detected, it is likely that contamination will persist for decades, or possibly
even longer. In some cases the contamination may be so severe as to make the aquifer no longer viable for drinking
water or other purposes. In other cases it may still be possible to use groundwater in spite of the contamination,
but the cost of treating the water to the required standard may increase substantially as a result.
Work related to groundwater within AquaTerra has focused on groundwater quantity and quality, as well as hydrogeological
characterisation. A diverse range of studies has yielded information on hydrogeology, pollutant transport,
groundwater tracing and mass fluxes from ground to surface water. The majority of groundwater related study was
undertaken in the BREVILLES BASIN, with significant work undertaken in the MEUSE and ELBE BASINS
This summary is divided into three sections, an introduction giving background information on the catchment
itself and a description of activities undertaken related to groundwater characterisation and groundwater quality.

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