What is TOPSOIL?

TOPSOIL is a EU cooperation supported by the Interreg VB North Sea Region programme: "Sustainable North Sea Region, protecting against climate change and preserving the environment." The project will be working on the improvement of water quality and quantity, while supporting environmental, financial and human benefits. Special interest will be paid to surface and ground water connectivity and its implication for water resource protection and management.

Aims of UK-1 Pilot (Wear Catchment)

  • To research the relationship between surface and groundwater in the context of increasing urbanisation; waste water management; water abstraction; surface water flood risk and climate change; historical industrial contamination including mining. 
  • To utilise the research to further implement a holistic stakeholder led approach to water management through utilizing the Catchment Based Approach to inform and manage mitigation strategies.

Objectives of UK-1 Pilot

  • Collation of existing data and collection of new field data to map hydrological connectivity
  • Surface water sampling and analysis to determine the location, magnitude and frequency of sources of nutrients and contaminants and vulnerability of groundwater from identified pathways.
  • Evaluation of current practices of source protection and competing resource uses in order to develop and promote alternative management interventions to ensure the protection of water resources
  • To utilise and share transnational research and experience to inform local research and development of solutions.