The specific scientific objectives of the MEDITATE project
- 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
• water policy and management structure analysis,
• water benefit of water management during last decades to be
• water resources assessment from various types of aquifers taking
into account detailed geological study, hydrogeological characterisation
considering improved methodology and specifically for coastal karst
• hydrogeological and integrated modelling at catchment scale
tackling with the scaling factor.
- 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
- 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.
- To consider new alternative water resources such as submarine
springs with temporary desalination cell plant.
- 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.
- 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
Specific technological objectives are directly linked
to the scientific ones. They are the following:
- 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.
- To develop a prototype for monitoring discharge and water
quality of submarine springs.
- To develop a prototype for submarine water-capture of
a maximum of three major springs.
- To analyse the feasibility of developing new low cost
and low energy desalination treatment plant (small temporary unit).