Groundwater vulnerability assessment to assist the measurement planning of the water framework directive : a practical approach with stakeholders

  • An evaluation scheme is presented in this paper which can be used to assess groundwater vulnerability according to the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). The evaluation scheme results in a groundwater vulnerability map identifying areas of high, medium and low vulnerability, as necessary for the measurement planning of the WFD. The evaluation scheme is based on the definition of the vulnerability of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It considers exposure, sensitivity and the adaptive capacity of the region. The adaptive capacity is evaluated in an actors' platform, which was constituted for the region in the PartizipA ("Participative modelling, Actor and Ecosystem Analysis in Regions with Intensive Agriculture") project. As a result of the vulnerability assessment, 21% of the catchment area was classified as being highly vulnerable, whereas 73% has medium vulnerability and 6% has low vulnerability. Thus, a groundwater vulnerability assessment approach is presented, which can be used in practice on a catchment scale for the WFD measurement planning.

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Author:Karin Berkhoff
Parent Title (English):Hydrology and earth system sciences discussions
Publisher:European Geophysical Society
Place of publication:Katlenburg-Lindau
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2007/05/25
Date of first Publication:2007/05/25
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2007/08/30
Page Number:10
First Page:1133
Last Page:1151
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Institutes:Geowissenschaften / Geographie / Geowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 550 Geowissenschaften
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