WATer isotopeS in the critical zONe

from groundwater recharge to plant transpiration

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WATSON is an EU funded network of researchers and stakeholders

WATSON centers its interest on the Critical Zone, the dynamic skin of the Earth that extends from vegetation canopy to groundwater.

WATSON collects, integrates, and synthesizes current interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on the partitioning and mixing of water in the critical zone taking advantage of the unique tracing capability of stable water isotopes.

WATSON will provide a novel conceptual framework on the interactions between groundwater recharge, soil water storage, and vegetation transpiration useful for water resources management across a variety of climatic settings.

WATSON addresses key environmental problems linked to the sustainable management of water resources.