Scientific Objectives

The specific scientific objectives of the MEDITATE project are:

  1. To develop integrated and problem oriented water management system at catchment scale for coastal water resources. This includes the following points:

    • water demand analysis for next decades (specify 2025 water vision for each catchment in 4 Mediterranean countries) from all sectors,
    • water policy and management structure analysis,
    • water benefit of water management during last decades to be considered,
    • water resources assessment from various types of aquifers taking into account detailed geological study, hydrogeological characterisation considering improved methodology and specifically for coastal karst aquifers,
    • hydrogeological and integrated modelling at catchment scale tackling with the scaling factor.

  2. To develop, test and implement the integrated water management DSS in two Mediterranean catchments out of four, one karst system in Lebanon and one non karst aquifer in Jordan

  3. To study the feasibility to implement DSS, based on the hydrogeological modelling and socio-economic analysis in the two other catchments: Gokova karst system in Turkey and in karst coastal aquifer located between Tartous and Jableh in Syria, two coastal karst aquifers.

  4. To consider new alternative water resources such as submarine springs with temporary desalination cell plant.

  5. To study the possibility of mitigating for long-term salt-water intrusion processes into heterogeneous aquifers such as karst aquifers, in the sector of submarine-springs.

  6. To carry out some cost benefit analysis for various possible and significant scenarios for different categories of water users, as well as some energy/cost benefit regarding alternative water resource solutions.


Technological Objectives

Specific technological objectives are directly linked to the scientific ones. They are the following:

  1. To develop and test an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology for submarine spring survey and for calculating discharge of springs using a coupled transport and hydraulic model.

  2. To develop a prototype for monitoring discharge and water quality of submarine springs.

  3. To develop a prototype for submarine water-capture of a maximum of three major springs.

  4. To analyse the feasibility of developing new low cost and low energy desalination treatment plant (small temporary unit).