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Alps as a potential regional water resource for Slovenia

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   

Code Science Field
P005  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology, physical geography 
P470  Natural sciences and mathematics  Hydrogeology, geographical and geological engineering 
Keywords
Alps, hydrogeology, groundwater, water resources, environment protection, natural isotopes
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Researchers (12)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  03611  Miran Bizjak  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  58 
2.  05221  PhD Anton Brancelj  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  600 
3.  14134  PhD Mihael Brenčič  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,701 
4.  10667  PhD Mateja Gosar  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  431 
5.  22352  PhD Jure Krivic  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  244 
6.  17541  MSc Andrej Lapanje  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  745 
7.  01259  PhD Nina Mali  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  438 
8.  18546  PhD Gregor Muri  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2004 - 2007  99 
9.  20828  Rada Peternel Rikanovič  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  99 
10.  11018  MSc Joerg Prestor  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,234 
11.  16100  Jasna Šinigoj  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  277 
12.  04862  PhD Janko Urbanc  Geology  Head  2004 - 2007  462 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,473 
2.  0215  Geological Survey of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5051410000  11,212 
Abstract
Large quantities of high-quality drinking water are stored in the Slovene Alpine region, however, they have been exploited to a relatively small extent. Due to this area's geographic properties (inconvenient relief, extreme climatic conditions), the degree of land use is low, as well as regards urbanisation as also agricultural and industiral utilisation. From the point of view of drinking water protection this is a favourable situation, resulting in a substantially decreased pollution load of drinking water resources, reflected also in their good quality. In addition to having a low exploitation rate, alpine water resources are also quite poorly investigated. The proposed project therefore intends to make a detailed study of aquifers in the mountains of the Julijske and Kamniško-Savinjske Alps, Karavanke and Pohorje. The aquifers will be studied with regard to disposable quantities and questions related to the quality and protection of drinking water. Slovenia has to finally obtain reliable estimates of potentially extractable quantities from alpine aquifers, a definition of the most perspective areas, their vulnerability and risk for pollution. It has to be determined how to establish possible changes in the quantity and quality of investigated water resources and how to capture water so that the least possible harm shall be done to the existing natural balance of this area. The most adequate research methods will have to be found for determining substance transport in the saturated and unsaturated zone of alpine aquifers, the use of natural and artificial tracers and approaches to the interpretation of acquired results. We expect that the research will offer new methodological approaches to the investigation of hydrogeological conditions in the alpine region and also contribute to a better knowledge of regional hydrogeological situation
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