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RheinBlick2050 : Impact of regional climate change on discharge in the Rhine River basin


Climate change leads to modified hydro-meteorological regimes that influence the discharge behaviour of rivers. This has variable impacts on managed (anthropogenic) and unmanaged (natural) systems, depending on their sensitivity and vulnerability (ecology, economy, infrastructure, transport, energy production, water management, etc.). Therefore, decision makers in these contexts need adequate information (i.e. “informed options”) on potential future conditions to develop adaptation strategies in order to minimize adverse effects of climate change. The main research question of the RheinBlick20502 project is: What are the impacts of future climate change on discharge of the Rhine River and its major tributaries?

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International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (CHR)
International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR), Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (The Netherlands), Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands), Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie (Germany), Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (Germany), Deltares (The Netherlands), Cemagref (France), Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU (Switzerland)

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ecology, energy production, hydro-meteorological regimes


2008 - 2010

Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures


Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment


Buildings, Energy, Water management

Geographic characterization


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