Why we are proud of our work
After 5 years, we have learnt a great deal about the challenges faced in groundwater management resulting from climate change. As a result of the pilot studies, we gained tremendous knowledge, which in turn led to new management plans. For each of the pilots, steps have been identified to deal with the increasing need for adaptation, tailored to the specific management questions and existing knowledge gaps.
The pilots addressed current pressures - both on the upper subsurface levels, on groundwater and on surface water. TOPSOIL pilots have shown that climate change adaptation and sustainable groundwater management requires a stronger cohesion between land management and water management. We believe that by making the interaction between soil, groundwater and surface water more visible, climate change adaptation should become more efficient.