Karst groundwater balancing in the Donauried region

Project description

The Donauried region is located at the southern edge of the Swabian-Franconian Alb, Germany's largest karst aquifer system. From a hydrogeological point of view, the area is characterized by complex interactions between the regional karst aquifer of the Malm, the alluvial aquifers in the Donauried with their numerous wetlands, the Danube and the low permeability Molasse formations. In particular, the groundwater resources of the Karst aquifer are used by numerous water suppliers in the region, which leads to conflicts of use in the management of groundwater and surface water resources.

The aim of the project is to establish a hydrogeological model representation of the region and to balance the karst aquifer in order to provide an improved planning basis for the sustainable groundwater management of the Donauried region. The study area extends beyond the state borders of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

Geological profile section through the project region with the karst aquifer of the Swabian Alb and the pore aquifer of the Donauried (after GLA 1985).