SEMEAU project

The SEMEAU project meets with a current day environmental issue: "How to define, test and apply assessment programmes/measures designed to ensure protection of the quality of water resources" Once tweaked for this hydrosystem, the tool could be rolled out to other sites in order to simulate their functioning and develop or even optimise bespoke assessment programmes. Or, when required, restoring good ecological status. 

This relates to developing a water body modelling tool on the protected pilot site of the Volvic impluvium.

The SEMEAU project has following key objectives:
To develop a surface and groundwater body modelling tool, at the scale of the catchment which represents the relevant scale in terms of water resource management and protection. This tool will essentially be built on the experimental base of the catchment (impluvium) of Volvic.
To set up this tool (construction, calibration and validation) on two test sites (Volvic and Saint Etienne)
On these two sites: to define, in liaison with the local stakeholders, management scenarios of the areas concerned, integrating water resource protection and local economic development both in the current climate conditions as well as those prevailing in the future incorporating climate change impacts.
To conduct a set of demonstrative pilot actions relating forest management with water resource protection.

The SEMEAU project will include several types of demonstrative actions:
On the Volvic site: definition of an adaptation strategy of the agricultural and forestry activities and raising awareness among private forest owners in terms of water resource protection.
On the Saint-Etienne site: drawing up a strategy for trapping agricultural phosphates
On the Vals-les-Bains site: upgrading a traditional hydraulic system and developing a nature trail