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WATCH : Water and Global Change

Description:

The objectives of the project are to:
* analyse and describe the current global water cycle, especially causal chains leading to observable changes in extremes (droughts and floods)
* evaluate how the global water cycle and its extremes respond to future drivers of global change (including greenhouse gas release and land cover change)
* evaluate feedbacks in the coupled system as they affect the global water cycle
* evaluate the uncertainties in the predictions of coupled climate-hydrological- land-use models using a combination of model ensembles and observations
* develop an enhanced (modelling) framework to assess the future vulnerability of water as a resource, and in relation to water/climate related vulnerabilities and risks of the major water related sectors, such as agriculture, nature and utilities (energy, industry and drinking water sector)
* provide comprehensive quantitative and qualitative assessments and predictions of the vulnerability of the water resources and water-/climate-related vulnerabilities and risks for the 21st century
* collaborate intensively with the key leading research groups on water cycle and water resources in USA and Japan
* collaborate intensively in dissemination of its scientific results with major research programmes worldwide (WCRP, IGBP)
* collaborate intensively in dissemination of its practical and applied results with major water resources and water management platforms and professional organisations worldwide (WWC, IWA) and at a scale of 5 selected river basins in Europe.

Project information

Lead
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK Dr. Tanya A. Warnaars
Partners

Wageningen University and Research Centre; VU University of Amsterdam ; Danish Meteorological Institute; CEMAGREF; University of Frankfurt; International Centre for Theoretical Physics – ICTP Trieste; UK Met Office - Hadley Centre; Max Plank Institute for Meteorology; Polish Academy of Science; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Technical University of Crete; University of Oslo; University of Valencia; University of Oxford; IIASA - Int. Institute for Applied Systems Analysis; Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, Paris; University of Lisbon; Comenius University, Bratislava; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas; University of Kassel; KIWA; Observatoire de Paris; T.G. Masaryka Water Research Institute ;Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate

Source of funding
FP 6

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Keywords

measures/responses Impact assessment and indicator Knowledge exchange Risk assessment and uncertainties Vulnerability assessment water Economic models

Duration

2007/2/1-2011/7/31

Climate impacts

Droughts, Flooding, Water Scarcity

Elements

Adaptation Measures and Actions, Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Water management

Geographic characterization

Global

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