KINDRA (Knowledge Inventory for hydrogeology research, Grant Agreement No. 642047) is funded by the European Commission's HORIZON2020 Framework Programme. The overall objective of the project is to take stock of Europe's contemporary practical and scientific knowledge of hydrogeology research and innovation with the help of an inventory of research results, activities, projects and programmes, and then use the inventory to identify critical research challenges and gaps, with a view to avoiding overlaps. This approach takes into account the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and latest innovation areas within integrated water resources management, allowing at EU scale the future correct management and policy development of groundwater. The project started on 1 January 2015 and lasts for 36 months; work is divided into five work packages.
Work under KINDRA (besides project management and project dissemination and communication) is divided into the following three core work packages:
WP1 - Methodology framework development
This WP will create a harmonised framework for reporting hydrogeology (groundwater) research and innovation results (coming from programmes, projects, results, agendas, etc.) in Europe. In addition, as part of the work, an in-house inventory of information sources will be created.
WP2 - Data collecting and processing
This WP will facilitate the EU-wide assessment of existing practical and scientific knowledge on hydrogeology research and innovation in Europe. The assessment will be implemented with the help of the national member associations of EFG using the developed classification system/data sources identified in WP1.
WP3 - Research gaps and recommendations
This WP will identify research gaps in hydrogeology research that have relevance for the implementation of the Water Framework Directives (WFD and GWD) including a sound understanding of groundwater-surface water interactions and climate change impact and adaptation.
Marco Petitta, Associate Professor of Hydrogeology
Sapienza University of Rome, Earth Science Department, Italy
National association contact:
Vesna Ristic Vakanjac
More information on web site: www.kindraproject.eu
KINDRA brochure can be downloaded HERE