Although EU member states generally have a comprehensive overview of the groundwater resources in their own homeland and have delineated groundwater bodies for the EU Water Framework Directive, a coherent overview of all fresh groundwater over Europe is not available for policy development and evaluation. The aim of the RESOURCE project was to demonstrate the potentials of the harmonization of information about Europe’s groundwater resources through cross-border demonstrations projects, through harmonized characterization approaches for Karst and Chalk aquifers and through a first information product at Pan-European scale where available data was compiled and integrated to produce a map of the fresh groundwater resources of Europe. The set of deliverables of the RESOURCE project provides good practices in providing harmonized data and information across borders for assessments of the 3D structure of aquifers, the water volumes available, and the water fluxes and water quality of the resource. Harmonization of such hydrogeological information is a prerequisite for any transboundary groundwater management. A range of regional and national stakeholders were involved in the work in order to ensure both interaction with authorities that manage and protect groundwater resources and with end-users, thus maximizing dissemination of the results and providing them with easy-access tools through the cooperation with the GeoERA Information Platform Project, jointly prioritizing the information products that are most beneficial for society. The information products that were delivered serve as a first prototype example of information to be accessible within a Geological Service for Europe.

Project facts:

Project duration: 1 July 2018 – 31 October 2021.
Project Lead: Hans-Peter Broers, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO).
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GIS viewer for RESOURCE results

Through this viewer the results of the RESOURCE project are accessible.

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