OZCAR-RI SNO_KARST MEDYCYSS-Multi scalE observatory of flooD dYnamiCs and hYdrodynamicS in karSt - France

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OZCAR-RI SNO_KARST MEDYCYSS-Multi scalE observatory of flooD dYnamiCs and hYdrodynamicS in karSt

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MEDYCYSS

Country (Site Location): 

France

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General Site Description: 

MEDYCYSS observatory (Hérault, France) is a mediterranean karstic hydrosystem, located between Hérault and Vidourle rivers with a 1200 km2 area. The territory consists of several sites of observation and experimentation with three hydrographic networks in interaction with the karst system: the Lez, the Mosson and the Coulazou.

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General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Site Established: 

2000

Size : 

120 000.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

to characterize groundwater hydrodynamics in karst watersheds under climatic and anthropogenic forcing at nested observation scales; to quantify the recharge, which is a key variable for the assessment and management of groundwater resources in karsts; to understand the role of the unsaturated zone on the long term storage of the aquifer and quantify the water storage variation with time; to discriminate and quantify flow distribution (rapid and slow transfers) between the recharge catchment and the outlets of the hydrosystem; to better characterize the karst/river interactions for the risk assessment of floods and water resource contamination

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  • MEDYCYSS Map
  • LEZ spring
  • LIROU spring
Geographic

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Latitude: 43.716509000000
Longitude: 3.850393000000

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