Scientists from the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, The Geological Survey of Finland, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the SME “Evologics” developing underwater drones (AUV’s) for underwater surveys and monitoring presented today research on submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in Germany, Finland and Denmark. The importance of SGD and their effects on the ecological status of coastal ecosystems is not very well known and need to be closely investigated in order to assess SGD impacts and improve the Scientific basis for policy development and protection of coastal ecosystems – e.g. By establishing groundwater threshold values as required by the Groundwater Directive / Water Framework Directive. The BONUS SEAMOUNT project collaborates closely with the Horizon 2020 programme GeoERA on the development of a SGD Information Platform within the European Geological Data Infrastructure. The photos show Joonas Virtasalo of the Geological Survey of Finland presenting results of their SGD study south of the Hanko peninsula in southern Finland.
Groundwater researchers, Master and PhD students from globally leading environmental tracer laboratories and research institutes in Switzerland (Univ. Bern), Germany (Univ. Heidelberg, Univ. Bremen), the Netherlands (TNO), Denmark (GEUS) and Italy (Univ. Sapienza, Rome) met this week in the city of Odense, Denmark, in order to collect water samples for estimation of groundwater age distributions in water supply wells of VCS Denmark of which many are contaminated by pesticides. The work is part of the HOVER project within the GeoERA program of the European geological surveys, which is co-funded by the EU, European geological surveys and Innovation Fund Denmark. The sampling program included collection of samples for the analysis of the following important tracers: 85Kr, 39Ar, 37Ar, 3H/3He, 4He, 14C, d13C, 18O, 2H, SF6, CFCs and noble gases. In addition some wells were sampled for the analysis of pesticides and emerging contaminants. The research institutes benefited from the efficient and skilled support of groundwater specialists and technicians of VCS Denmark, which ensured efficient collection of 11 samples from 9 different water supply wells for water analyses to be conducted at five research laboratories and one commercial laboratory. All samples were collected in just 2.5 working day .
The activities of the EuroGeoSurveys’ Water Resources Expert Group (WREG) including GeoERA groundwater were presented 2.5.2019 at the UNECE resource management week in the UN Palais de Nations in Geneva – see the brief presentation here: https://www.slideshare.net/KlausHinsby/activities-of-the-water-resources-expert-group-wreg?from_m_app=ios
In addition we have contributed to establishing a new global working group on groundwater and groundwater classification within the UNFC similar to the existing WG classifications on minerals and energy etc. The new working group on groundwater is chaired by Prof. Marco Petitta from univ. Sapienza in Rome representing the European Federation of Geologists, who was also leading the KINDRA project on classification of European groundwater research and the development of the European Inventory of Groundwater Research EIGR