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.
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.
The projected climatic changes will have a significant impact on the availability of food and water, energy consumption, human health, tourism, economics and ecosystem services in the Mediterranean region.
The total population of the Mediterranean region is expected to increase from 309 million in 2000 to over 651 million in 2030. If future global rainfall changes are compared to rising water demand as a consequence of population growth, the impact on water resources will be far greater than that of
Due to the wide geographical distribution, generally large catchment areas, their discharge towards individual springs and thus their potential for development, carbonate aquifers are very well suited for water supply. The water supply of approximately 25% of the world’s population is extracted from