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CLIWAT : Adaptive and sustainable water mangement and protection of society and nature in an extreme climate


CLIWAT- Adaptive and sustainable water management and protection of society and nature in an extreme climat.
The CLIWAT project applies groundwater and integrated hydrological models for assessment of the hydrological impacts of different climate scenarios with focus on water table fluctuations, river discharge, delineation of flood risk areas and saltwater intrusion. The hydrological scenario simulations will be based on output from existing climate models and geological and geophysical measurements and modelling of the subsurface partly conducted in the project.
The results from the project are used to predict how future climate change will affect water quantity and quality, and hence societies and ecosystems in lowlands around the North Sea. CLIWAT provides the needed data for development of adaptive measures and new standards for e.g. engineering of drainage and sewer systems, dikes, roads and buildings, and for quantitative and chemical status assessments of groundwater and the aquatic environment according to EU directives.
The CLIWAT project initiates important transboundary cooperation and evaluation of the effect of different climate scenarios in the EU North Sea region and establish predictive modelling tools for future simulations. The project website is intended to provide easy access to simulation results in the form of maps and visualisations facilitating cooperation and with the aim of increasing the the public awareness and understanding about climate change effects.

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Region Midtjylland Jord og Råstofer (DK) Mr. Rolf Johnsen

Region Midtjylland (coordinator, Public regional authority - Denmark); LIAG (Public cooperation -Germany); - Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland / GEUS (Governmental research organisation - Denmark); Region Syddanmark (Public regional authority - Denmark); LLUR (National authority - Germany); Geological Survey of the Netherlands / Deltares (Governmental research organisation - Netherlands); Environment Centre Århus (Public regional authority - Denmark); Environment Centre Ribe (Public regional authority - Denmark) ; Aarhus University (University - Denmark); Ghent University (University - Belgium); SEECON (SME - Germany); Municipality of Horsens (Public local authority - Denmark); BGR (Public national authority - Germany); VITENS (SME - Netherlands); Provincie Fryslan (Public regional authority - Netherlands); Wetterskip Frysland (Public regional authority - Netherlands)

Source of funding
Interreg IV B North sea

Reference information



Impact assessment, groundwater impacts, hydrological modelling



Climate impacts

Water Scarcity, Droughts


Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Measures and Actions


Water management

Geographic characterization


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