|Santa Cruz - Pelican bay watershed & Puerto Ayora|
GIIWS is an international scientific research project, which aims to understand the hydrological functioning of the Galapagos Islands, and to provide scientifically based information to local institutions that ensure sustainable water management and integrity of unique ecosystems while the islands undergo exponential population growth.
Through an integrated approach to water and environmental sciences conduct at the scale of pilot watersheds, the scientific and technical objectives of the project are:
- Improving the understanding of hydrogeology in tropical basaltic islands,
- Show the invaluable contribution of joint research in hydrological and ecological sciences to increase understanding of ecosystem functioning and contribute to their restoration in sensitive areas,
- Addressing local challenges of conservation, protection and sustainable development of natural resources through the joint action of researchers and local actors.
This website is a unique opportunity to share our knowledge on the hydrological functioning of the Galapagos Islands with a wide audience and stimulate new collaborations with scientists from different backgrounds.
This GIIWS project was born in 2003 at the initiative of a young volunteer from the Charles Darwin Foundation, Noémi d’Ozouville, and his meeting with two researchers Ghislain de Marsily and Sophie Violette, specialists in quantitative hydrogeology and hydrogeology of volcanic areas, respectively.