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Novel Measurement and Assessment Tools for Monitoring and Management of Land and Water Resources in Agricultural Landscapes of Central Asia

Part of the series Environmental Science and Engineering pp 275-288

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Methods of In Situ Groundwater Quality Monitoring: Basis for the Efficiency Survey of Agricultural Groundwater Conservation Measures

  • Ralf DannowskiAffiliated withLeibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e. V. Email author 
  • , Roland SchindlerAffiliated withNEW Niederrhein Wasser GmbH
  • , Nils CremerAffiliated withErftverband
  • , Frank EulensteinAffiliated withLeibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) e. V.

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Abstract

Against the background of the paramount importance of fresh water resources for human well-being in Europe’s industrialised societies, the protection of groundwater bodies is one of the top themes of the environmental ambitions of the European Union. This holds true especially for areas under predominantly agricultural use against nitrates from plant production. A catalogue of agricultural measures of groundwater conservation is available in general. It is to be supplemented by a methodology for in situ monitoring of the groundwater quality as the basis for surveying the efficiency of those measures. General characteristics, the benefits, and the disadvantages of recent monitoring methods are presented, summarised and rated under the term “appropriateness for efficiency survey”.

Keywords

Groundwater Quality Monitoring