Use Case 2 -- Policy


  • R.Tomas (Lead), Chris Schubert, Andrej Abramic (all EC-JRC), Tomasz Nalecz (Polish Geological Institute), Alexander Kmoch (GNS / Z_GIS), Sylvain Grellet (BRGM),


The Water Framework Directive 20000/60/EC (WFD) requires all EU member states to achieve and preserve good status for all European waters, including groundwaters. Process to achieve WFD requirements includes definition and delineation of water bodies as management units, environmental monitoring, status assessment and finally developing river basin management plans.

This use case describes process steps and interactions necessary for delivering data required to assess the groundwater bodies and thus fulfill the related EU reporting obligation. The activity includes: collection and evaluation of the geological and hydrogeological characteristics, as well as quantitative and qualitative monitoring of defined chemical and physical indicators and finally groundwater body overall status assessment.

Delineation on WFD groundwater bodies, in many cases, is not done accordingly to their natural boundaries but usually follows administrative units.

In order to better demonstrate interoperability the use case description covers also a cross border scenario. It defines the additional step of synchronizing of the collected information by two different member state water authorities. This integrating approach facilitates, promoted by WFD facilitates a coordinated assessment and planning of potential future measures.

Discussion Page

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The provision of WFD required data and information on the trans-boundary groundwater body.


  • 1st Member State water authority,

  • 2nd Member State water authority

  • ...


  • Step 1: Discovering and collecting initial information on hydrogeological, geological, chemical and physical data about the each groundwater body
  • Step 2: Preprocessing, syntactical and semantically transformation of the input information.
  • Step 3: Assessment of required output,
  • Step 4: Delivering of groundwater module for WFD reports

Entities (Features, Observations, Properties)

The overview of the main entities necessary for this Use case. For the detailed description of the required WFD-Groundwater bodies properties see the following document.
  • GW_ManagementArea, e.g. in NZ used as groundwater management zones
  • WFD_Management Area
    • general characteristics
  • WFD River Basin District:
    • general: id, national code, parent river basin districts, name and area measurement
  • WFD_Ground Water Body (GWB)
    • general: id (RBC-code), national code, name, location, protected area association
    • pressures: pressure types
    • impacts: impact types
    • other impact: further pressure description, other impact description
    • trend reversal: reversal trend, free text
    • trend upward: upward trend, free text
    • hydrogeological characteristics: GW layer, area, depth, thickness, depth range, geological formation, capacity, link surface water, link eco system
    • quantitative status: quantitative status value, comment
    • chemical status (qualitative): chemical status value, comment
    • protected area status (optional): protected area code (unique), type of protection, Type of association, status value

Web Clients

*Web Service* *Input Database* *Output Schema* *Implementer*
WMS gw management area n/a GNS
WFS gw management area GWML2 GNS
WMS gw managaement area GWML2 BRGM
Older ideas
WMS geological unit characteristics N/A  
WFS geological unit characteristics GeoSciML ? GWML2 (WFD)  
WMS hydrogeological characteristics N/A  
WFS hydrogeological characteristics GWML2 (WFD)  
CSW Metadata Metdadata schema (WFD)  
WFS-SOS ? chemical monitoring data O&M ? GWML2 (WFD)  
WFS–SOS ? physical monitoring data O&M ? GWML2 (WFD)  
WFS–SOS ? biological monitoring data ? O&M ? GWML2 (WFD)  
WFS ? Final reporting data set WFD delivery format  
-- AlexKmoch - 02 Jul 2015

-- BoyanBrodaric - 24 Oct 2012

  • GW2IE _WFD_Policy_INSPIRE_Extract Summary:
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GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE.xmlxml GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE.xml manage 1 MB 18 Dec 2012 - 10:58 ChrisSchubert GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE
GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE_Extract_Summary.pngpng GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE_Extract_Summary.png manage 330 K 18 Dec 2012 - 12:18 ChrisSchubert GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE_Extract Summary
GWB_WFD_reporting_database_model_diagrams.pdfpdf GWB_WFD_reporting_database_model_diagrams.pdf manage 25 K 07 Nov 2012 - 19:02 RobertTomas The WFD-Groundwater Entity Relationship Diagram
Groundwater_Interoperability_Experiment_use_case_2_v0.2.docxdocx Groundwater_Interoperability_Experiment_use_case_2_v0.2.docx manage 76 K 18 Dec 2012 - 12:29 ChrisSchubert Summary of use case - policy, word document
Groundwater_WFD_reporting__requirements.docxdocx Groundwater_WFD_reporting__requirements.docx manage 20 K 07 Nov 2012 - 19:01 RobertTomas Compilation of the EU Water Framework Policy (WFD) reporting requirements related to groundwater
INSPIRE_HG_USE_CASES.docxdocx INSPIRE_HG_USE_CASES.docx manage 139 K 07 Nov 2012 - 18:58 RobertTomas Extract of the INSPIRE groundwater related Use cases
INSPIRE_Hydrogeology_Draft_Outline_v.0.4_Doc.docxdocx INSPIRE_Hydrogeology_Draft_Outline_v.0.4_Doc.docx manage 1 MB 09 Nov 2012 - 09:03 RobertTomas by Janusz Michalak - WFD UML model (content similar to ER diagram
Policy_useCase_Extract_INSPIRE.zipzip manage 1 MB 18 Dec 2012 - 11:07 ChrisSchubert GW2IE_WFD_Policy_INSPIRE_html
Topic revision: r17 - 02 Jul 2015, AlexKmoch
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