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ACQWA : Assessment of climatic change and impacts on the quantity and quality of water

Description:

The project aims to assess the impacts of a changing climate, focusing on the quantity and quality of water originating in mountain regions, particularly where snow- and ice melt represent a large, sometimes the largest, streamflow component. The goal of the project is to use advanced modelling techniques to quantify the influence of climatic change on the major determinants of river discharge at various time and space scales, and analyse their impact on society and economy, also accounting for feedback mechanisms. Regional climate models will provide the essential information on shifting precipitation and temperature patterns, and snow, ice, and biosphere models will feed into a hydrological model in order to assess the changes in basin hydrology and seasonality, amount, and incidence of extreme events in various catchment areas. Environmental and socio-economic responses to changes in hydrological regimes will be analyzed in terms of hazards, aquatic ecosystems, hydropower, tourism, agriculture, and the health implications of changing water quality. The goal of the project is to use advanced modelling techniques to quantify the influence of climatic change on the major determinants of river discharge at various time and space scales, and analyse their impact on society and economy, also accounting for feedback mechanisms.

Project information

Lead
University of Geneva (CH) Prof.Martin Beniston
Partners

Agroscope ART, Zurich, Switzerland AGROSCOPE Switzerland; ARPA, Ag. Reg. per la Protezione dell'Ambiente del Piemonte ARPAPMNT Italy; ARPA, Ag. Reg. per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Valle d'Aosta ARPAVDA Italy; Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) BOKU Austria; Center for Advanced Research in Arid Zones CEAZA Chile; Laboratory of Glaciology and Climate Change (CECS) CECS Chile; Centre d'Etudes de la Neige (CEN), MétéoFrance CEN France; Inst. Torcuato d. Tella (ITTD) ITTD Argentina; Dipartimento Ambiente e Sviluppo Sostenibile, CESI Ricerca CESIRICERCA Italy; CETEMPS Center of Excellence, University of L'Aquila UNIAQ Italy; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS France; Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, Spanish Research Council CSIC Spain; CVA Spa (Compagnie Valdotains des Eaux) CVA Italy; ENEL SpA ENEL Italy; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) ETH-ZURICH Switzerland; Fondazione Montagna Sicura FONDMS Italy; International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) ICTP Italy; Scienze dell'atmosfera e del Clima (ISAC) ISAC-CNR Italy; Kyrgyz National Academy of Science (KNAS) KNAS Kyrgyzstan; Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE) – CEA CEA France; Monterosastar S.r.l. MONTEROSASTAR Italy; Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. MPG Germany; Alpine Wildlife Research Centre PNGP Italy; DIIAR-Hydrology, Politecnico di Milano POLIMI Italy; University of Bern UNIBE Switzerland; University of Birmingham, Geography & Environmental Sciences UNIBIRMINGHAM UK; Graduate School for International Studies and Development (HEID) HEID Switzerland; Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz UNIGRAZ Austria; University of Dundee

Source of funding
FP 7

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Keywords

Adaptation measures, Cost of impacts, Impact assessment, adaptation, climate change, responses, snow cover, water management

Duration

2008/10/1-2013/9/30

Climate impacts

Water Scarcity, Ice and Snow

Elements

Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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