MAR2PROTECT will provide a holistic approach to prevent groundwater contamination from the impacts of global change and climate change based on a new-generation Managed Aquifer Recharge. The core of this innovative Managed Aquifer Recharge is M-AI-R Decision Support System that will incorporate technological and societal engagement information using an Artificial Intelligence-based approach to improve groundwater quality and quantity.
To ensure a high replication potential, M-AI-R Decision Support System will collect information from 5 demos sites in 4 European countries (Portugal, Italy, Spain, Netherlands) and 2 in non-European countries (Tunisia, South Africa) which were carefully chosen by their degree of maturity from previous successful projects and a wide range of settings in terms of climatic conditions, water sources, type of pollution, Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme and political / societal context. All technologies will be tested and validated until Technology Readiness Level 5 and societal activities will be implemented until Societal Readiness Level 6.
Besides, MAR2PROTECT will ensure a strong engagement of national and European policy makers that, in collaboration with a Community of Practice, will strengthen the European policy framework in the field of prevention of groundwater contamination.
Take a look at the objectives planned at MAR2PROTECT project. Click on each objective and discover what is inside!
To prevent Managed Aquifer Recharge-related groundwater contamination through the development of 9 cost-efficient technologies for the removal and subsequent (bio)degradation of salinity and emerging micropollutants from wastewater and surface water before their use for Managed Aquifer Recharge, leading to a >95% removal and >70 % (bio)degradation of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, perfluorinated alkyl substances, nutrients and salinity, validated at Technology Readiness Level in lab scale pilot plants and at Technology Readiness Level in the demo sites.
To prevent groundwater diffuse pollution from agriculture through the development of the innovative FERT-ROOT technology based on maximizing the retention of fertilizers in the root zone.
To develop and validate innovative real-time integrated sensing systems and innovative analytical methods inter-connected through the groundwater prevention freely accessible Internet Of Things platform for the monitoring of pollutants, generating a better understanding of pollution sources and pathways in groundwater.
To predict the impacts of global and climate change on groundwater quality in a specific context with the innovative REACH – gRoundwatErquAlityCHange – tool.
To develop groundwater management strategies through the development of a Decision Support System, based on Artificial Intelligence techniques, enabling decision makers to i) identify suitable areas for Managed Aquifer Recharge projects, ii) perform a cost-effective design of Managed Aquifer Recharge projects, iii) develop Managed Aquifer Recharge-based risk assessment and mitigation measures, considering global change/climate change scenarios, iv) visualize in a user-friendly interface the outputs of all the Managed Aquifer Recharge-related activities.
To increase the active role of societal actors in the prevention of water contamination and in groundwater management from a climate change/global Change perspective, through the development of suitable engagement approaches for different socio-political, climatic and economic settings to support changes in daily practices.
To integrate and validate the MAR2PROTECT technologies and societal engagement actions in 5 demo sites across Europe and 2 outside Europe representing different climate conditions, social contexts and Managed Aquifer Recharge types.
To facilitate the use of the MAR2PROTECT results (solutions, scientific and policy insights) by scientists, authorities, technology developers and policymakers in the prevention of water contamination and in groundwater management from a climate change/global change perspective through targeted dissemination activities.
To promote the market uptake of the technologies and societal engagement actions by end users through the definition of business models and specific exploitation plans, after performing the Intellectual Property analysis.