Drought related vulnerability and risk assessment of ground water resources in Belgium (GroWaDRISK)

Frank Canters

Research Cartography and GIS (CGIS)

Research Programme Science for a Sustainable Development, Belgian Science Policy | 2012–2016


Due to the assumed insignificance of drought hazards under temperate conditions this field remains poorly studied. In the first place drought is a phenomenon caused by deficient precipitation for a large area and significant duration. In case the temporary water deficiency affects groundwater bodies, the term groundwater drought is used. Groundwater droughts develop slowly but can have considerable socio-economic and environmental consequences. Next to natural meteorological variations also human induced factors play a role. There is a need for an improved understanding of groundwater drought and the human-induced factors influencing the groundwater balance. This should form the basis for an integrated approach which allows tackling negative effects and safeguarding sustainability of groundwater resources.

Project description

Problem of depletion and deterioration of groundwater in the Belgian, temperate context and the related socio-economic and environmental impacts

In collaboration with:

  • O. Batelaan, Departement of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • B. Tychon, Department of Environmental Sciences and Management, Université de Liège, Liège
  • G. Engelen, Environmental Modeling Unit, Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (Vito), Mol
  • P. De Becker, Instituut voor Natuur en Bosonderzoek (INBO)
  • G. Tsakiris, Centre for the Asssessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)