Smart framework for real-time monitoring and control of subsurface processes in managed aquifer recharge applications

Program at a glance

Funding Agencies

Water JPI Programme (IC4Water), Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation – Restart 2016-2020

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Project Acronym


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Project Title

Smart Framework for Real-Time Monitoring and Control of Subsurface Processes in Managed Aquifer Recharge Applications

Project Coordinator

Dr. Catalin Stefan, Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Project partners

Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

The French Geological Survey, France

Nireas-International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

The Berlin Center of Competence for Water, Germany

SUEZ, France

Adelphi, Germany

UIT, Germany

Nireas-IWRC Principal Investigator

Prof. Panos Papanastasiou

Total Budget

1,370,910 €

Budget for Nireas-IWRC

174,960 €

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Enhancing groundwater recharge by storing surplus water in the subsurface in times of high availability followed by recovery in times

of high demand represents a low cost technology that increases the resilience of water supply infrastructures to extreme hydro-climatic events. This technique, referred to as managed aquifer recharge (MAR), represents a viable adaptation solution for sustainable water resources management while it reduces the impact of water scarcity by increasing seasonal water availability. MAR can improve food security and reduce harvest failure risks as the resilience against extreme weather events such as droughts is increased.


The main objective is to reduce the risks in the application of sustainable groundwater management through the development and implementation of an innovative web-based, real-time monitoring and control system in combination with risk assessment and management tools.


The approach will be tested at six MAR sites (pilot and full-scale) which ensures that the SMART-Control framework can be applied to various environmental and operational conditions to improve integrated water resources management techniques.assessment and management tools.

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