Pinios Hydrologic Observatory - Greece
Pinios Hydrologic Observatory
Pinios basin is a large agro-ecosystem where intensified agricultural activities are exercised since early 1970’s. It has an aerial extent of 11,000km2, rugged topographic relief and a dense hydrologic network consisting of the 215km long river Pinios and its seven tributaries. Large groundwater systems do occur and support both the existing ecosystems and socio-economic activities. Lack of coordinated water resources management and the implemented agricultural malpractices has led to excessive groundwater level decline, aquifer compaction in some occasions and also groundwater quality deterioration, as documented by the retrieved historical data of hydrologic and hydrochemical parameters that date back to 1970’s. Sustainability of soil and water resources are threatened, especially in the climate change context. Key to the system’s sustainability is rationalization of water resources management, which requires deep understanding and quantification of dominant groundwater recharge mechanisms.
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