MERIEXWA project

MEasurement, monitoring, management and RIsk assessment of inland EXcess WAter

in South-East Hungary and North Serbia (Using remotely sensed data and spatial data infrastructure)

Acronomy: MERIEXWA


Inland excess water is a serious hazard and represents a contemporary problem in Hungary, particularly in Csongrád County and in Serbia, especially in its northern part, the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. The project aims to solve four interrelated questions. First, we are going to monitor the conditions of groundwater seepage with the help of a monitoring well system. We will analyse the formation of the different types of inland excess water in the cross-border research areas. Some of the key points of this research are to determine the influence of the geomorphological environment and agricultural activity on the upwelling type, and the influence of soil permeability and orography on the run off type of inland excess water. ‘Know how’ of creating high precision inundation maps based on remote sensing data of different sources will be developed. At the same time, also the conduction capacity of drainage systems, and the possible problems and their consequences for experts and farmers will be evaluated.


The direct target groups of the project are the water management agencies and companies in the Lower Tisza valley region, as the outcome and results of the project can improve their efficiency and they will be able to utilise the new methodological and infrastructural elements worked out by the project. The direct beneficiary of the project is the population of the area regularly flooded by inland excess water because their living conditions can be expected to improve by the long-term aims and results of the project. This is why it is an essential part of the project to include them into the research and supply them with information about the results. The direct target group includes those who live in the program area, about 400 000 people. The target group also includes those universities, geographic, hydrological and geoinformatic departments, other research institutes and groups that use or publish the results of the project directly or indirectly.

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