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Alert system in case of excess withdrawal or rise up of groundwater in the sensitive areas

The project alice deals with the development of an alert system that warns of extreme groundwater-level declines or rises in areas that are directly dependent on steady-state groundwater level.

The project ALICE deals with the development of an alert system that warns of extreme groundwater-level declines or rises in areas that are directly dependent on steady-state groundwater level. This system will be based on sensing the signals from the individual measuring points – sensors located in boreholes in the area concerned, and on radio transmission of these signals to the pre-processing centre and then via the Internet to a central database, accessible only to authorized persons with power of decision. This alert system should be especially applicable in areas, whose sustainable development directly depends on steady-state groundwater level: 1) Protected areas: areas of floodplain forests and wetlands that are also used as source areas for the abstraction of drinking water or where there generally increases groundwater pumping for agricultural or industrial use. The quality and the existence of ecosystems in these areas directly depend on steady groundwater level and in the event of extreme groundwater-level decline a permanent damage to these ecosystems may occur. In the event of groundwater-level decline below the critical limit, water column contact with the root system of floodplain forests or wetlands will be interrupted, which will lead to dieback of (often protected) ecosystems and irreversible change in habitats. Alert system ALICE so will very effectively serve as the active protection of the protected areas of floodplain forests and wetlands, while allowing the maximum possible groundwater abstractions in the given area for drinking or non-drinking purposes. 2) Agricultural areas: vine growing areas. ALICE will be an effective tool of groundwater-level regulation also for large vine growing areas which are mostly situated in drier locations and extreme groundwater-level fluctuations may affect the quality of wine and/or may directly lead to the death of the root system. Vine growing areas are often irrigated, therefore, there is a need to monitor the groundwater level which may only occur within certain height limits; a higher decline of the water column leads to drying of vine, on the contrary, excessive irrigation may lead to rotting of the root systems and again damage to crops. ALICE can also provide the maximum efficiency of water use for irrigation purposes and prevent water wasting, which will lead to significant savings for end users and the release of water for irrigation also in other agricultural areas. The project execution will proceed in the period of approx. 33 months (between March 2013 and December 2015) in 3 (annual) phases, comprising the following six (6) work packages (WP): WP1: Project management, cooperation with end users, dissemination of project outputs WP2: Problem analysis: analysis of end users and possibilities of using the alert system in different pilot areas (Protected Landscape Areas, vine growing areas, floodplain forests, etc). The selection of 2-3 pilot project areas in Europe (in the countries of project partners) and 1 pilot site in third countries (due to significant interest shown by end users in Argentina and Chile). WP3: Definition of the ALICE system, analysis of system options (Drafts of individual system components, their detailed description and function in the horizon of international use (a detailed analysis of system options in terms of required functions, users, required operating acivities, monitoring methods and resources needed). WP4: ALICE system concept and related databases, work with data (Preparing drafts of data, processing, programme and technical architecture of the system in the horizon of international use, definition of the database). WP5: Hardware at the sites (Evaluation of pilot sites from the hydrogeological point of view, the definition of approach to drilling the monitoring wells or to the use of the existing wells, the strategy of operation of the wells and the establishment of long-term monitoring in terms of both natural and anthropogenic conditions). WP6: Development of the prototype and its application in practice (pilot application abroad within the testing of the system capabilities, evaluation of the prototype tests, the draft of final implementation of the system). WP7: Training of ALICE system end users (at the selected pilot sites (2-3 sites), the training will be provided to the local end users within the field preparation and installation of the monitoring wells, for the work with the system of sensors and the processing / evaluation of data needed for decision making). WP1 will be a horizontal activity proceeding in the course of the project duration. Other WPs will be vertical activities, broken down as follows: Phase 1 (year 2013): WP2, WP3 (both work packages will be completed in 2013), WP4 Phase 2 (year 2014): WP4, WP5 (both work packages will be completed in 2014) Phase 3 (year 2015): WP6, WP7 (both work packages will be completed in 2015, the whole project will be completed).
Acronym: 
ALICE
Project ID: 
7 616
Start date: 
01-03-2013
Project Duration: 
34months
Project costs: 
550 000.00€
Technological Area: 
AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES
Market Area: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING

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