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Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP): New Scientists in the MedWater Project

We are happy to welcome three new young scientists within the MedWater project. They are all funded by the Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Technology and Space (MOST), Israel. This exchange program was designed to encourage young scientists to engage themselves in the Water Technology Research Program in the framework of the German-Israeli Cooperation. It enables M.Sc. students, post graduates, doctoral degree students, and post doctorates candidates to spend a training period in Israel or Germany up to 6 months.

Field Investigation

In September 2018 a group of project partners from TU Berlin and the University of Goettingen visited the Alento River Catchment field site in Italy, close to Salerno. The Alento Catchment is one of the areas that will be used as transfer region – the findings of the Western Mountain Aquifer will be transferred to these regions, and vice versa.

Together with the project partners from the University of Naples Federico II, the catchment was reinspected and its applicability for the current study was reviewed. It was noted that in the existing observation zones in the catchment, recharge is captured exclusively through flysch soils.

In order to augment the characterization of the area, it was new instrumentation will be installed in a karstified carbonate ridge nearby. A further field investigation has been planned for October, during which the first instrumentation in the new observation area will be installed. By instrumenting the carbonate aquifer a comprehensive set of field data will be collected, allowing interpretation of the response of different hydrogeological systems within the Alento Area to meteorological events.