GOTHAM, towards a paradigm change in groundwater management in the Mediterranean

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Efficient groundwater management to preserve the quantity and quality of this strategic resource in the Mediterranean

GOTHAM, towards a paradigm change in groundwater management in the Mediterranean

25.11.2020
  • Cetaqua Andalucía leads the GOTHAM project to promote sustainable and participative management of the Poniente Almeriense aquifer, in collaboration with Hidralia, irrigation organisations, the local governments of the area, the University of Almeria and the Andalusian Regional Government
  • The innovative project aims to predict the availability and demand for water resources, as well as their impact on the sustainability of groundwater bodies

  • This initiative, which is part of the European PRIMA programme, will be carried out in western Almería (Spain) and will be replicated in Jordan and Lebanon

 

Cetaqua Andalucía has launched the European project GOTHAM (PRIMA 2019 call), which aims to develop and validate a digital tool that allows efficient management of groundwater to preserve the quantity and quality of this strategic resource in the Mediterranean, mainly in the Poniente Almeriense area. In this way, Hidralia will collaborate in the development of this innovation project together with the municipalities of Roquetas, La Mojonera and Adra, as those responsible for managing the urban water cycle in these municipalities.

To achieve an effective tool, Cetaqua also has the participation of local partners, users, managers and administrations involved in the water cycle in Andalusia, such as the Directorate-General for Planning and Water Resources of the Andalusian Regional Government, which will hand over its control network for the installation of sensors and monitoring of the state of the "Campo de Dalías-Sierra de Gádor" water body, and the Poniente Water Cycle Consortium (CIAP), as responsible for managing the water treatment and regeneration facilities in the area.

The Central Board of Users of the Western Almeria Aquifer (JCUAPA) also participates as stakeholders in the project, as responsible for the implementation of the programme of measures for the recovery of the groundwater body "Campo de Dalías - Sierra de Gádor", and the Chair of Water in Agriculture, Irrigation and Agro-Food of the University of Almeria (UAL), as a reference entity in the promotion, impulse and encouraging of research, development, innovation and training in the use and sustainable management of water to guarantee the sustainability of Almeria's agricultural model.

The collaboration of the users who extract water from these groundwater bodies is fundamental for the correct development of GOTHAM, as one of the greatest challenges in managing groundwater bodies in an integrated manner is the limited knowledge of the availability of water resources and the insufficient exchange of data between the different water users. Therefore, the integration of this highly valuable information throughout the governance process, together with the collaboration of the end-users, will make it possible to overcome the critical problems and current limitations in groundwater management. In particular, such integration and collaboration will help to improve the water balances (inputs and outputs) of aquifers and enable more sustainable use of their resources. This will be done by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques (Machine Learning) to historical series of rainfall, temperature, evapotranspiration, river flows and piezometric levels, among others.

GOTHAM aims to develop a scalable and replicable tool (called GTool) for the different water users (irrigation communities, integral water cycle managers, industrial users and the competent public administration), which will allow progress to be made towards effective water governance, which is essential for the integrated management of water resources.

GTool uses a methodological approach based on the evaluation of multiple scenarios (current and future) for the allocation of water resources, from an environmental, social and economic perspective. One of the main advantages of this tool is that it provides a common framework for collaboration and participation between the different users, to detect their needs and the information generated at any specific time.

The GOTHAM project is framed within the European programme PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean), which focuses on the development and application of solutions for water resources in the Mediterranean basin. The project will be developed in Campo de Dalías (Almeria, Spain), and will be replicated in two additional sites, in Laat Baalbeck-Hermel (Lebanon) and the Azraq-Zarqa Basin (Jordan): Spain (Cetaqua Andalucía and Universidad de Córdoda - WEARE), France (GAC Group), Italy (Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria - ICU - and Engineering Ingegneria Informatica - ENG -), Lebanon (Ministry of Agriculture) and Jordan (National Agriculture Research Centre - NARC).

 

CETAQUA Andalucía and Hidralia bet on efficient groundwater management
 

Cetaqua Andalucía, Water Technology Centre, represents a pioneering model of public-private collaboration between the administration, university and business. This model has consolidated itself as a European reference in the application of scientific knowledge to water and the environment, proposing new R+D+i solutions to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the water cycle, taking into account local needs.

Projects such as GOTHAM reinforce the commitment of Cetaqua Andalucía and Hidralia, a company within the Technology Centre, together with the CSIC and the University of Málaga, to the sustainable management of water resources, mainly the managed recharge of aquifers as a high-value measure to recover groundwater bodies. 

Cetaqua Andalucía has strengthened its position as a benchmark technology centre in the fields of water and the environment by leading other projects from European programmes such as LIFE NIRVANA, for the decontamination of aquifers with high nitrate content through the application of iron nanoparticles.

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GOTHAM, towards a paradigm change in groundwater management in the Mediterranean

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Efficient groundwater management to preserve the quantity and quality of this strategic resource in the Mediterranean
25.11.2020
  • Cetaqua Andalucía leads the GOTHAM project to promote sustainable and participative management of the Poniente Almeriense aquifer, in collaboration with Hidralia, irrigation organisations, the local governments of the area, the University of Almeria and the Andalusian Regional Government
  • The innovative project aims to predict the availability and demand for water resources, as well as their impact on the sustainability of groundwater bodies

  • This initiative, which is part of the European PRIMA programme, will be carried out in western Almería (Spain) and will be replicated in Jordan and Lebanon

 

Cetaqua Andalucía has launched the European project GOTHAM (PRIMA 2019 call), which aims to develop and validate a digital tool that allows efficient management of groundwater to preserve the quantity and quality of this strategic resource in the Mediterranean, mainly in the Poniente Almeriense area. In this way, Hidralia will collaborate in the development of this innovation project together with the municipalities of Roquetas, La Mojonera and Adra, as those responsible for managing the urban water cycle in these municipalities.

To achieve an effective tool, Cetaqua also has the participation of local partners, users, managers and administrations involved in the water cycle in Andalusia, such as the Directorate-General for Planning and Water Resources of the Andalusian Regional Government, which will hand over its control network for the installation of sensors and monitoring of the state of the "Campo de Dalías-Sierra de Gádor" water body, and the Poniente Water Cycle Consortium (CIAP), as responsible for managing the water treatment and regeneration facilities in the area.

The Central Board of Users of the Western Almeria Aquifer (JCUAPA) also participates as stakeholders in the project, as responsible for the implementation of the programme of measures for the recovery of the groundwater body "Campo de Dalías - Sierra de Gádor", and the Chair of Water in Agriculture, Irrigation and Agro-Food of the University of Almeria (UAL), as a reference entity in the promotion, impulse and encouraging of research, development, innovation and training in the use and sustainable management of water to guarantee the sustainability of Almeria's agricultural model.

The collaboration of the users who extract water from these groundwater bodies is fundamental for the correct development of GOTHAM, as one of the greatest challenges in managing groundwater bodies in an integrated manner is the limited knowledge of the availability of water resources and the insufficient exchange of data between the different water users. Therefore, the integration of this highly valuable information throughout the governance process, together with the collaboration of the end-users, will make it possible to overcome the critical problems and current limitations in groundwater management. In particular, such integration and collaboration will help to improve the water balances (inputs and outputs) of aquifers and enable more sustainable use of their resources. This will be done by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques (Machine Learning) to historical series of rainfall, temperature, evapotranspiration, river flows and piezometric levels, among others.

GOTHAM aims to develop a scalable and replicable tool (called GTool) for the different water users (irrigation communities, integral water cycle managers, industrial users and the competent public administration), which will allow progress to be made towards effective water governance, which is essential for the integrated management of water resources.

GTool uses a methodological approach based on the evaluation of multiple scenarios (current and future) for the allocation of water resources, from an environmental, social and economic perspective. One of the main advantages of this tool is that it provides a common framework for collaboration and participation between the different users, to detect their needs and the information generated at any specific time.

The GOTHAM project is framed within the European programme PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean), which focuses on the development and application of solutions for water resources in the Mediterranean basin. The project will be developed in Campo de Dalías (Almeria, Spain), and will be replicated in two additional sites, in Laat Baalbeck-Hermel (Lebanon) and the Azraq-Zarqa Basin (Jordan): Spain (Cetaqua Andalucía and Universidad de Córdoda - WEARE), France (GAC Group), Italy (Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria - ICU - and Engineering Ingegneria Informatica - ENG -), Lebanon (Ministry of Agriculture) and Jordan (National Agriculture Research Centre - NARC).

 

CETAQUA Andalucía and Hidralia bet on efficient groundwater management
 

Cetaqua Andalucía, Water Technology Centre, represents a pioneering model of public-private collaboration between the administration, university and business. This model has consolidated itself as a European reference in the application of scientific knowledge to water and the environment, proposing new R+D+i solutions to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the water cycle, taking into account local needs.

Projects such as GOTHAM reinforce the commitment of Cetaqua Andalucía and Hidralia, a company within the Technology Centre, together with the CSIC and the University of Málaga, to the sustainable management of water resources, mainly the managed recharge of aquifers as a high-value measure to recover groundwater bodies. 

Cetaqua Andalucía has strengthened its position as a benchmark technology centre in the fields of water and the environment by leading other projects from European programmes such as LIFE NIRVANA, for the decontamination of aquifers with high nitrate content through the application of iron nanoparticles.