The National Centre for Research and Development



CORE; Programme area: environment; ID: 199120



Project title: Sustainable water strategy by means of tight-knit approach to water cycle in river catchment 


Acronym: CRIS


Project Promoter: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas in Katowice


Polish partners: Institute of Environmental Protection - National Research Institute


Norwegian Partners: Norwegian Institute for Water Research


Project cost (EUR): 962 547


Grant amount (EUR): 962 547

Duration: 36 months






Project summary:

The main aim of the project is to develop the information system supporting the river basin management in a context of the Water Framework Directive implementation. As it is stated by the European Commission we cannot move decisively towards long-term sustainable management of resources if we do not have good information on the state of the environment and emerging trends. Due to data concerning on water resources and water quality gathered as the result of the monitoring may not be accessible on-line and can be difficult to combine or cross reference with other data there is a strong need to integrate all available sources of information in one user-friendly tool aiming also to predict the further changes in water cycle. The system will be composed of the following elements: 1. central database, 2. set of advanced modelling tools simulating the real time the status of the whole water cycle, online user interface accessible using a web browser and providing all project’s outcomes in a 3. form of reports, plots or maps. This system is demonstrated in the 910 km2 of Mała Wisła river basin in the south of Poland with a large dammed reservoir (32 km2) in Goczałkowice The set of modelling tools will be used among others to simulate (or forecast): spatial rainfall distribution using the Weather Research & Forecasting Model (WRF) and meteorological radar data; air pollution transport and deposition (using the CALPUFF model) river basin’s water balance and surface water quality using Soil and Water Assessment Tool model (SWAT); channels’ flow rate and water level using Hydrologic Engineering Centers software (HEC-RAS); 3D reservoir hydrodynamics including physical variables and water quality variables using the Generalized Environmental Modeling System for Surface Waters (3D GEMSS); groundwater flow and water table elevation using USGS Modular Three-Dimensional Groundwater Flow Model (MODFLOW).


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