Protocols for the Assessment and Conservation of Aquatic Life in the Subsurface (PASCALIS)


Groundwater is the main drinking water reservoir on earth, but also a major ecosystem in terms of biological diversity. Maintaining groundwater quality and conserving its biodiversity are converging goals because the healthy functioning of thesesystems is attested by their level of biodiversity. The PASCALIS project aims at exploring groundwater biodiversity in this perspective. Today knowledge of groundwater biota distributions will be organised in a large database and visualized on maps.Biodiversity will be surveyed at selected sites following stratified sampling and standardised protocols. Main groundwater habitats and most taxonomic groups will be considered. Indicators of biodiversity will be identified, validated and combined into an operational tool. Integrating these results in a larger socio-economic context, a dedicated website will be created and an Action Plan for Groundwater Biodiversity Conservation will be proposed.


groundwaters, Biogeography, Bioinformatics and databases, Ecology, Habitat management, restoration, Land cover and habitat mapping, GIS, Limnology and hydrobiology, Systematics and taxonomy, Terrestrial caves, The effect of Biodiversity on Ecosystem Functioning, Origins, Maintenance and Change of Biodiversity, Systematics, Inventorying and Classification, Monitoring of Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, Inland Water Biodiversity, groundwater biodiversity, action plan, Biostatistics, Europe, France, Italy, Belgium, Wallonia, Slovenia, Spain, Belgium, Walloon Karst, France, French Jura, France, Têt Valley, Spain, Picos de Europa, Italy, Lessinian mountains, Slovenia, Krim massif, Metazoa, Invertebrates, Arthropoda, Crustacea, Amphipoda, Nematoda, Oligochaeta, Archiannelida, Achaeta, Mollusca, Cladocera, Cyclopoida, Harpactoida, Calanoida, Ostracoda, Isopoda, Syncarida, Hydrachnidia, Tardigrada


Inland Waters {Habitat type}


Name Role Start End
De Broyer, Claude member
Martin, Patrick member 2001-01-01 2003-12-01


Name Role Start End
Freshwater biology unknown
Recent invertebrates unknown

created:2011-12-14 14:18:59 UTC, source:biodiv

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