Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) storing water in aquifers during times of excess is a key strategy to enrich groundwater resources in water scarce regions by providing intermediate storage, addressing the typical mismatch between water demand and availability.
It can help to mitigate the effects of climate change, and to support water-related environmental services. However, MAR is characterised by complex interaction of physical, biological and hydrochemical processes influencing water quality and the sustainability of infiltration rates.
Individual processes are in principal known, but there is a significant knowledge gap on how they are linked and affect each other.
MARSoluT addresses this knowledge gap by a collaborative effort in a multi-disciplinary team.
Applicants from all relevant research fields are encouraged to apply, namely geosciences, engineering, hydrology, and hydrochemistry.
The MARSoluT (Managed Aquifer Recharge Solutions Training Network) Innovative Training Network (ITN) is funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action of the EU.
The MARSoluT consortium consists of 10 partners :
Description of the ESRs’ individual research project
ESR12 project : Participatory groundwater modelling for coastal aquifers; MAR facilities and optimization of irrigation water management.
Host Institution : National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece
Supervisor : Associate Professor Andreas Kallioras
Objective : The ESR will carry out hydro environmental modelling of MAR facilities and work on participatory driven water resources modelling scenarios.
He / she will also contribute in the identification of linkages between groundwater uses / services and socio-economic aspects.
The ESR will develop an integrated groundwater resources management model that will incorporate modelling of variable density groundwater flow, contaminant transport (inc.
sensitivity analysis) and optimization of irrigation water management. More specifically, he / she will use an agricultural coastal aquifer system in Greece as study site to : (a) improve an existing groundwater flow and contaminant transport model for the simulation of MAR processes, (b) develop alternative modelling scenarios as dictated by the involved stakeholders and end-users, after the organization of joint workshops, focus groups meetings, interview surveys etc.
and (d) identify the main economic aspects that are connected to the resulted aquifer ecosystem services after the application of MAR technologies.
The candidate should have a background in applied earth sciences and engineering preferably with special focus on water resources management and hydrologic / hydraulic modelling (preferable skills : sensitivity analysis, data processing and analysis, variable density flow).
Required Research Experiences
Skills / Qualifications
The Early Stage Researcher should have a background in geosciences engineering, hydrogeology, groundwater engineering and experience in hydrologic modelling.
The project requires close collaboration; therefore, the candidate has to be a good team player with excellent communication skills and should be willing to travel abroad for secondments, training courses and other meetings / workshops.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie program is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.