PaPRIKa Plugin in brief :

A collective project :

The PaPRIKa toolbox is a collective project developed by the UMR EMMAH and supported by the SNO Karst, the Sorgues Basin Joint Association and the PACA region.

Description :

PaPRIKa is a multi-criteria method for mapping the vulnerability of karst aquifers (Dörfliger and Plagnes 2009, Kavouri et al. 2011). Its implementation requires the analysis and cross-processing of several layers of spatial data, under GIS software (Dörfliger et al 2012, Marn et al 2012, Marn et al., 2015).

The method steps :

The PaPRIKa plugin for QGIS allows a step-by-step application of the method steps to generate the Protection (P), Infiltration (I), Reservoir (R) and Karstification criteria. (Ka) as well as the vulnerability index obtained by crossing these 4 criteria. The use of the plugin:

  • relieves the user of certain technical aspects of data processing,
  • allows a quick, easy and standardized application of the PaPRIKa method,
  • let the user focus on the work of hydrogeological expertise.

The PaPRIKa toolbox is available from the official QGIS release (version 2.14 or later).

To download the PaPRIKa plugin under QGIS:

  • Launch QGIS
  • Extensions> install / manage extensions
  • Search: PaPRIKa toolbox> install
  • An icon appeared on your dashboard, just click on it to open the toolbox.
  • The user manual is available from the plugin’s Help menu

Do not hesitate to send us your comments by email or leaving a message on the project page.


  • Dörfliger N., Plagnes V. (2009) Cartographie de la vulnérabilité intrinsèque des aquifères karstiques. Guide méthodologique de la méthode PaPRIKa. BRGM :
  • Dörfliger N., Plagnes V., Kavouri K., et al (2012) PaPRIKa, une méthode multicritère de cartographie de la vulnérabilité pour une gestion des ressources et des captages en milieu karstique. Exemple d’application dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. Géologues 86-92
  • Kavouri K., Plagnes V., Tremoulet J .et al. (2011) PaPRIKa: a method for estimating karst resource and source vulnerability-application to the Ouysse karst system (southwest France). Hydrogeology Journal 19:339-353. doi:10.1007/s10040-010-0688-8
  • Marín AI, Dörfliger N. Andreo B. (2012) Comparative application of two methods (COP and PaPRIKa) for groundwater vulnerability mapping in Mediterranean karst aquifers (France and Spain). Environmental Earth Sciences 65:2407-2421. doi:10.1007/s12665-011-1056-2
  • Marín AI., Andreo B., Mudarra M. (2015) Vulnerability mapping and protection zoning of karst springs. Validation by multitracer tests. Science of The Total Environment 532:435-446 . doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.05.029
  • Ollivier C., Lecomte Y., Chalikakis K. et al. (2019) A QGIS plugin based on the PaPRIKa method for karst aquifer vulnerability mapping. Groundwater, 57: 201-204. doi:10.1111/gwat.12855, hal:hal-02004758