China Groundwater Management Project

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China Groundwater Management Project

The project entitled "Rehabilitation and management strategy for over-pumped aquifers under a changing climate" is a Sino-Swiss research project initiated by Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach and Dr. Haijing Wang in 2014 and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA).

It tackles the challenges posed by groundwater over-pumping in arid regions in the context of climate change on two pilot sites in China: the Heihe River Basin (Gansu Province) and Guantao County (Hebei Province, North China Plain).

The core element of the project is the implementation of a real-time groundwater monitoring, modelling and controlling system. The key notion is to explore the potential and the application of modern scientific knowledge and technology in the field of water resources on two real-world case studies (read more).

What do we do?
Read more about our project and our research
See our publications
Try out one of our tools: Interactive Online Groundwater Model

Where are our project sites located?
Read more about the two sites in Heihe and Handan (China)


On the Swiss side the partners are ETH Zürich, Hydrosolutions GmbH, Geopraevent AG, Photrack AG, and the University of the Arts in Zurich (ZHdK).

On the Chinese side the partners are GIWP Beijing, CIGEM, CAREERI (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and University of Lanzhou as well as local water authorities in Zhangye and Handan.

The multi-year project is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Ministry of Water Resources in China and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Submersible groundwater pump tapping aquifers for irrigation in Guantao County [Pedrazzini 2015]
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