Project title

GENESIS Groundwater and Dependent Ecosystems: NEw Scientifi c and Technical BasIS for Assessing Climate Change and Land–use Impacts on Groundwater Systems

Founding scheme

European Commission

Coordinator of the Faculty team

Assoc. Prof., PhD Zoran Nakić

Research team of the Faculty

Assoc. Prof., PhD Zoran Nakić, Assoc. Prof., PhD Marta Mileusnić, Assoc. Prof., PhD Kristijan Posavec, Ass. Prof., PhD Stanko Ružičić, Ass. Prof., PhD Jelena Parlov, MSc Zoran Kovač, Prof., PhD Goran Durn, Prof., PhD Andrea Bačani

Principal partner

Bioforsk – Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Bioforsk, Norway


Bioforsk – Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research University of Oulu; Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; Luleå University of Technology; Universitatea din Bucuresti; GIS–Geoindustry, s.r.o.; Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique; Alterra b.v.; HMGU München Gesundheit Umwelt; Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz; AGH University of Science and Technology; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; İGEM Danışmanlık Organizasyon Araştırma Ltd Şti; Universidad politecnica de València; Democritus University of Thrace; Cracow University of Technology; University of Neuchâtel; University of Ferrara; Athens University of Economics and Business – Research Centre; University of Dundee; Helmholtz – Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH; Sveriges Meteorologiska och Hydrologiska Institut; University of Manchester

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Project duration

2009. – 2013.

Project summary

Project Genesis (“Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems and New Scientifi c and Technical Basis for Assessing Climate Change and Land–Use Impacts on Groundwater Systems”) was one of the leading European projects dealing with groundwater issues. It was approved by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project started on April 1st 2009 and ended on March 31st 2014. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the project, scientists and experts from various fi elds of hydrogeology, soil science, agronomy, biogeochemistry, ecology, microbiology, economics, sociology and law participated. The project was based on studies of 16 European aquifers (case studies), including the Zagreb aquifer system. Thanks to this project, new knowledge was gained. The objective of GENESIS was to integrate the pre–existing and new scientific knowledge about groundwater and the dependent ecosystems for the revision of the Groundwater directives (GWD) against contamination and deterioration in the quality from 2006. The purpose of the project was:

  • Development of new approaches and methods for estimation the impact of climate change and land use on groundwater and associated ecosystems
  • Better understanding of the interaction of groundwater and dependent ecosystems
  • Identification of processes that infl uence the behavior of contaminants in the aquifer systems
  • Development of integrated models of water resources management.

Work on the project was divided into seven work packages:

  1. Co–ordination of case studies on impacts and threats to GWs and GDEs
  2. Groundwater fl ow characterization
  3. Pollutant input and leaching to groundwater aquifers
  4. Groundwater dependent ecosystems: groundwater–surface water interaction
  5. Integrated modelling of groundwater systems
  6. Groundwater systems management: scenarios, risk assessment, cost–effi cient measures and legal aspects
  7. Integration, uptake, training and dissemination.

In order to develop a more detailed and precise conceptual model of groundwater protection, research of the saturated zone (well field Stara Loza) and unsaturated zone (future well fi eld Kosnica) were conducted. This research has helped in defi ning and better understanding of the fl ow and transport parameters through the unsaturated and saturated zone in order to develop reliable models for the protection of Zagreb groundwater aquifer system.


Work packages in the project Genesis.