Groundwater

Water Observatory

The Water Observatory analyses groundwater from an inter and multidisciplinary perspective, looking primarily, not at the classical hydrogeology and groundwater hydrology, but giving great weight to economic, environmental, legal and social aspects.

Numerous documents have been published on this topic. During the years 2000-2003, a series of 13 monographs was published, called Groundwater Project Papers (PAS – Papeles del Projecto Aguas Subterráneas), and six books published by Mundi Prensa. In 2009 an informative book in coordination with IGME, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and UNESCO on Las aguas subterráneas: Un recurso natural del subsuelo was published. In recent years, 2015 and 2016, two doctoral thesis have ben published on Flujos, huellas y valores: visiones y decisiones sobre el agua subterránea en España and Análisis de las acciones colectivas en la gobernanza del agua subterránea en España. In 2017 a book on Advances in Groundwater Governance together with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been published.


Programmes

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Improvement of the environmental quality of the waters

Improvement of the environmental quality of the waters

The achievement of the good status of rivers includes both having adequate liquid and solid (sediments) flows to maintain aquatic ecosystems and good water quality.

Water footprint and environmental sustainability related to food consumption and agricultural production

Water footprint and environmental sustainability related to food consumption and agricultural production

Sustainable consumption and production is one of the main challenges for humanity and an important part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.

Challenges and paradigms in water management

Challenges and paradigms in water management

The numerous works in relation to the Spanish situation show that the widespread idea of water scarcity in Spain is to a large extent an obsolete hydromyth.

Ethics of water and transparency of information

Ethics of water and transparency of information

The relevance of ethical issues in water policy has always been present in the activities of the WO. For instance, a chapter is devoted to the topic in the book of Llamas and Hernández-Mora (2001).

Bringing society closer to sustainable water management

Bringing society closer to sustainable water management

The Water Observatory has always tried to disseminate innovative advances on the water management problems.

Water-energy nexus

Water-energy nexus

Water, energy and land, which are increasingly under pressure, are fundamental to human development and wellbeing.