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WATCH : Water and Global Change


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

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

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

Reference information



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



Climate impacts

Droughts, Flooding, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions, Vulnerability Assessment


Water management

Geographic characterization


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