The SubSol Knowledge Environment (KE) is an online, flexible and adaptable platform to search for or share information about innovative, practical concepts for advanced freshwater management, with the common objective of protecting, enlarging and sustainably utilizing fresh groundwater resources in coastal areas. These subsurface water solutions (SWS) are built on experiences with Managed Aquifer Recharge and Aquifer Storage and Recovery, but their applicability is much wider due to innovations in water well design and configuration, allowing for providing solution to seasonal water shortage, saltwater intrusion, and degradation of wetlands.
This KE consists of three parts: A Marketplace, a Knowledge Base and a Toolkit, all provided through a unified web-based environment.
The web-based Marketplace is the environment in which the interested parties can find information regarding successful implementations, design of products and implementation of innovative solutions, aiming at dissemination and promotion for potential adoption and replication in similar environments, in order to solve all or part of their problem.
The Knowledge Base provides information on what methods are available regarding technical solutions for groundwater management in areas with brackish or saline aquifers, what has already been applied and tested under different contexts and what were the main lessons learned.
The Toolkit consists of a series of online and open tools that provide an answer to how appropriate solutions for sustainable groundwater resources management in coastal areas can be selected, designed and implemented. The SubSol Data Monitoring System as well as the SWS Location Identification Tool are included in the Toolkit among other tools.
Recent initiatives have been taking place on establishing links between the Knowledge Environments of Horizon2020 research and innovation programmes (e.g. KINDRA) as well as existing platforms and networks (e.g. EIP on Water), in order to provide additional quality content with regard to groundwater research and ensure the sustainability of the SUBSOL KE.
Link to the SubSol Knowledge Environment: http://subsol-data.euprojects.net/