New Processes for Monitoring and Controlling Subsurface Processes in Managed Aquifer Recharge Applications

Specific groundwater recharge combined with the storage of surplus water in the geological subsoil and subsequent recovery in times of high demand is a cost-effective method to balance seasonal fluctuations in water availability. This method, known as “Managed Aquifer Recharge” (MAR), is a globally recognised process for sustainable water resources management, which can significantly increase the resilience of water supply infrastructures against extreme hydro-climatic events.

The recently launched SMART-Control project which is being coordinated by the Technische Universität Darmstadt, is designed to reduce the risk of using MAR by developing a web-based monitoring and control system. The system consists of a real-time monitoring of hydraulic and water quality parameters in a web-based platform. The Platform combines on-site measurements with modeling approaches and is used to assess risks to

  • human health
  • environment
  • operation (colmation, hydraulic load)

at various pilot sites in Germany, France, Cyprus and Brazil which are operated under very different hydrogeological, climatic and socioeconomic conditions.