Large-scale alterations of the hydrological cycle have dramatically altered the natural runoff and recharge characteristic of many rivers, making the management, supply, and protection of freshwater resources a complex, albeit important topic. In order to develop catchment‐wide solutions for predicting water surplus and shortage, it is necessary to understand how the overall hydrogeological system works. Conceptualizing the physical and chemical balance between surface water and groundwater holistically is crucial for the sustainable utilization and management of freshwater resources. For this, data, models and real-time monitoring systems are the key ingredients in the process of understanding and prediction, and subsequent improved management
This SNF funded project is looking at water distribution within the Thur River catchment, Switzerland. The project focuses on the management and development of an existing data platform (RECORD Catchment, FOEN, and Cantonal) for water quality and quantity, and the development of adaptive and event-based monitoring schemes for water characteristics. In this project, some of the decisions on experimental design will be based on the results of model development with the objective of developing a semi-distributed model based on areas of hydrological similarity (Hydrological Response Units - HRUs) for the purpose of determining water balance on a supra-regional scale.