Project title

THE VULNERABILITY OF UNDERGROUND WATER RESOURCES FROM MOLDAVIAN PLATEAU TO CLIMATE CHANGES (CHUWAT)

Project number 149/2020; Project code PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-0286

VULNERABILITATEA RESURSELOR DE APĂ DIN SUBTERAN DIN PODIȘUL MOLDOVEI LA SCHIMBĂRILE CLIMATICE

Project Leader: Associate Professor Ph.D Ionuț MINEA

Implementation period: 1.11.2020-31.10.2020

Project summary

The strategic meaning and the level of social and economic security requires a close attention on the management of underground water resources, especially since they are the main reservoir of fresh water at continental scale. Anthropogenic pressure, coupled with the current and future climate change, shows substantial changes of the groundwater – climate system. Lack of infrastructures to allow the local population, predominantly rural, a constant access to water resource, requires the use of underground water mostly with many implications on the quality and operating conditions of these. The main objectives of this project aim to: (1) identifying of the specific types of hydro-geological conditions in the Moldavian Plateau and the vulnerable areas to changes in the groundwater level; (2) application of regional climate models in the Moldavian Plateau to assess climate changes impacts on underground water resources; (3) modeling of underground water resources response to current and future climate change scenarios. The project will be implemented by a research team composed by the director of the project, four postdoctoral researchers and one PhD students.

Objectives

The main objectives of this project are:

  1. Identifying the specific types of hydrogeological conditions in the Moldavian Plateau;
  2. Application of regional climate models in the Moldavian Plateau to assess climate changes impacts on underground water resources;
  3. Modelling of underground water resources response to current and future climate change scenarios;
  4. Expanding groundwater level measurements in rural part of Moldavian Plateau to identify areas vulnerable to various scenarios of climate changes. These measurements will replace the lack of data from national monitoring systems managed by the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management on the groundwater level variations;
  5. Elaboration of underground vulnerability index (UVI index) based on meteorological (precipitation and temperatures), hydrological (river flow), hydrogeological (underground water level, soil texture, infiltration capacity), geological (type of geological structures, tectonics) and social (density of population, type of water supply system for population) parameters;
  6. Assessing human impact on the underground water resources given that in this region the demand of water increased, both for public water supply and for its use in agriculture. This will have a major role in reducing the over-exploitation of underground water resources.

Project team

Project Leader: Associate Professor PhD Ionuț MINEA

Post-doctoral researchers:

  1. Associate Professor PhD Lucian SFÎCĂ
  2. Researcher III PhD. Florin Constantin MIHAI
  3. Research Assistant PhD. Marina IOSUB
  4. Research Assistant PhD. Oana-Elena CHELARIU

PhD Student: Daniel BOICU

Results

Partial research reports

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Final research reports

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International scientific conferences:

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National Scientific Conferences:

  • Ionut Minea, Lucian Sfîcă, Mihai Florin Constantin, Marina Iosub, Oana-Elena Chelariu, Daniel Boicu: The vulnerability of underground water resources from Moldavian Plateau to climate changes – project starting point, International Symposium Present Environment and Sustainable Development, 15th edition, Iași, Romania, 21th November;
  • Daniel Boicu, Ionut Minea, Constantin Rusu: Noi metode de analiză a reîncărcării acviferelor în nord-estul României, Workshop-ul tinerilor cercetători, Ediția a XX-a, Cercetarea integrată a mediului și dezvoltarea durabilă în antropocen, Institutul de Geografie al Academiei Române, București, România, 4 decembrie 2020;

Papers published:

ISI

  • Ionuț Minea, Marina Iosub, Daniel Boicu 2020. Groundwater Resources from Eastern Romania under Human and Climatic Pressure. Sustainability, 12(24), https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410341.

BDI

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Scientific Awards:

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Contact

Project Leader: Associate Professor PhD. Ionut MINEA

e-mail: ionutminea1979@yahoo.com

Phone: +40 232 201477