at the interface of nanotechnology and life sciences

Smart Groundwater Sensing

Smart sensing of groundwater for monitoring subsidence

Long periods of drought as we have seen the last few years as a result of climate change, causes a lot of problems in The Netherlands, and most particularly the eastern part. Damage resulting from this in 2018 amounts to 200 million euros [1]. Additional damage costs due to subsidence until 2050 are estimated to be around 5 billion euros [2].

The major part of the damage is to be expected within the urban areas, including infrastructural works and buildings.  As a result of subsidence, foundations of buildings are severely effected.

But also in the agricultural area damages are to be expected, due to reduced crops as a result of the decreasing quality of the soil. 

In this project NanoBio colloborates with the Saxion research group Bodem en Ondergrond and Antea Group in Deventer on the development of groundwater sensors.  Aim of the project is to develop a low-cost sensor that can be positioned on top of a tube that is currently used for measuring groundwater levels. This sensor must be able to continuously measure the level of the groundwater and send the results wirelessly.

All the data from multiple sensors are collected and from this the groundwater data can be mapped in a spatial and temporal manner. 

Time period: February 2021 - June 2022
Projectleader: (TBA)
Funding: TechForFuture


- Saxion research group "Bodem en ondergrond"
- Antea Group (Deventer)