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Eugenio Molina Navarro

Deliverable 4.2-2: Stressor propagation through surface-groundwater linkages and its effect on aquatic systems

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The good ecological status of Europe’s freshwaters is still lacking. This paper reviews the role of groundwater in these systems and demonstrates that it is an important factor to include in surface water management. Groundwater influences streamflow, water chemistry and water temperature and connects rivers and streams with their catchment and thus functions as a pathway for stressors to reach the surface water. A new ‘Groundwater DPS’ framework is proposed which shows how groundwater fits in the system of a stressed aquatic ecosystem. The functioning of this framework is demonstrated using examples from four different European lowland catchments: the Thames, Odense, Regge and Dinkel catchments. The importance of groundwater varies between scales, between catchments and within catchments. The Groundwater DPS will aid water managers in understanding the importance of groundwater in
their management areas and promotes the consideration of groundwater in future water management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesMARS Project Deliverables
Volume4.2-2

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