The INWAT project aims to develop new and improved methods to support the management of temporary waterways and aquifers in Mediterranean river basins. The main objectives are:
- to develop innovative methods and tools for hydrological monitoring for temporary waterways representing the widest possible diversity of management scenarios under water scarcity conditions, such as sea intrusion and groundwater recharge, groundwater water quality issues (performed by partners UNIBA, Univ-Jijel, UJ).
- to improve the knowledge about pollution sources of temporary waterways in MENA countries (CERTE, CSIC, and UM) and processes that naturally attenuate contamination by chemicals (UM, CSIC). This includes the standardization of analytical methods, the analysis of organic pollutants in wastewaters, rivers and aquifers and also the investigation of abiotic and biotic transformation processes in temporary waterways and associated groundwater bodies.
- to develop novel methodologies for monitoring and assessing the ecological status of temporary waterways (UDE). This addresses specifically the development and refinement of biological indicators and biomonitoring programs.
- to co-develop a decision-s