AWSEK - Achieving Water Security in Europe’s Karst Regions
Funded by the Innovation Fund of Freiburg University and RiSC of the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Wuerttemberg
To assess the impact of climate and land use change on present and future karst water resources multi-site studies are necessary. Comparison of different karst systems and karst regions at different scale will enable us to provide large-scale quantification of karst water resources and their water quality. Furthermore, it will set the base for future projections of water availability and quality to facilitate sustainable management of karst water resources.
A map full of meta data...
The aim of this project is to review the apparent lack of information. In 2015 and 2016 a catalog and a map with meta data of all data related to karst hydrology will be established and published online. In addition to the location of the data, meta information about its type (e.g. discharge, water quality, etc.) will be provided, and the name and contact information of the research group possessing the data.
The review is done by researching existing national and international data bases, systematic searches via Google Scholar, and contacting research groups directly. In the future, information on regional consumption of karst water resources and, if available, the type of consumption (domestic, agriculture, industrial, tourism) will be added to the map.
Therefore, the meta data map will facilitate data acquisition for regional studies and future scientific collaborations. It is envisaged to function as a switchboard between researchers and data holders facilitating research on Europe’s karst water resources.
... and a full data base
A future goal building up on the metadata base could be a full data base used by the entire karst community. For the moment, locations with time series (discharge, climate data, hydro-chemistry) data will be fed into the data base software AQUARIUS Time-Series. Data sets are sourced from publications, national and international data bases and research groups directly. The data base itself is not yet available publicly.
To answer many of the relevant questions for future karst water supply more comparative and regional studies are necessary. This is only possible if we make most of the available data by sharing it within our research community.