Groundwater ecosystems regionalization – an old issue for the assessment of groundwater health

Published On: May 14, 2013

Sanda Iepure, researcher at IMDEA Water, has published an article on the Madri+d website.

Sanda Iepure has published an article on the Madri+d website, in the section called "Analysis".

Groundwater management and protection is an old issue that becomes more and more a prerequisite with the exponentially increase of water demands all over the world.

For an appropriate assessment of groundwater ecosystem health a reliable classification of subsurface ecoregions is required. In an essay published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature (2012) a new regionalization of groundwater (stygoregions) in Germany is proposed by Institute for the Environmental Sciences and the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany). The classification is a step further for the evaluation of groundwater environmental status and to ecological oriented-management of the groundwater.

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