On every diagram of a water cycle, interactions between groundwater and surface water reservoirs feature prominently.
But just how much do we know about these interactions, and how do we consider them in natural resource management in the Mediterranean region today?
Cook is perhaps best known for inventing the stage character E. Wisty, a fictional, forlorn, know-it-all figure perplexed by the complexities of life; Cook played the character several times throughout his career.That's such a brilliant remark."During his random visits to the Eye (where his ceremonial chair remains, kept empty), Cook would phone up various authorities, such as the Ministry of Technology, to object to "all these bloody machines everywhere"."I once heard him phoning the Foreign Office to discuss how Russians were listening to him through his drainpipes," says Ingrams.The ‘footprint’ of hidden subsurface flow of groundwater on hydrology, productivity or contamination of aquatic and coastal ecosystems remains a major knowledge gap in environmental science to date, in particular in the Mediterranean region where the seasonally dry climate exerts significant pressures on water resources.Research to address this knowledge gap will require an integrated interdisciplinary approach combining hydro(geo)logical, biogeochemical and ecological investigations with integrated water and land use studies thus bridging physical and social sciences.