Evaluation of Management of the Water Resources of Sterea Hellas - Phases 1, 2, 3


Duration: December 1990–December 2000

Budget: 238 120 000 DRS (about €1 178 835)

Commissioned by: Directorate of Water Supply and Sewage

Contractor: Department of Water Resources, Hydraulic and Maritime Engineering

Project directors: D. Koutsoyiannis, Th. Xanthopoulos

Principal investigators: P. Marinos, I. Nalbantis

The main objectives of the research project are the evaluation and management of the water resources, both surface and subsurface, of the Sterea Hellas region, and the systematic study of all parameters related to the rational development and management of the water resources of this region. Another objective of the project, considered as an infrastructure work, is the development of software for the hydrological, hydrogeological and operational simulation of the combined catchments of the study area. The development of the software and, at the same time, the development of methodologies suitable for the Greek conditions will assist in decision-making concerning the water resources management of Sterea Hellas and of other Greek regions. The project also aims at the improving of the cooperation between the National Technical University of Athens and the Ministry of Environment, Planning and Public Works. This is considered as a necessary condition for the continuous updating of the project results as well as for the rational analysis of the water resource problems of the Sterea Hellas region. The whole project is implemented in three phases. The objective of Phase 1 (December 1990 - November 1992) is the collection and the organising of the surface water data and the development of hydrological simulation programs. The themes of Phase 2 (November 1993 - October 1995) are: (a) the conversion of the databases of the previous phase into the new computer environment based on Unix and Windows workstations; (b) the conversion of the computer programs for statistical processing of hydrologic data into the new computer environment; (c) the development of software for hydrologic data processing and the processing of the Sterea Hellas data; (d) the development of a geographical information system for hydrological and hydrogeological information; (e) the review of existing studies regarding water uses; (f) the collection, evaluation and organising of hydrogeological data; and (g) the hydrogeological study of selected watersheds. Finally, the themes of Phase 3 (November 1996 - December 2000) are: (a) the completion of the information systems of the previous phases, which concerned hydrological and hydrogeological information, by including two additional levels of information related to the water uses and the water resources development works; (b) the development of methodologies for optimising the hydrosystems operation and the construction of integrated simulation and optimisation models for the two major hydrosystems of the study area (Western and Eastern Sterea Hellas); and (c) the integration of all computer systems (databases, geographical information systems, application models) into a unified system with collaborating components.