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A tool for monitoring and forecasting Available WAter REsource in mountain environment

Objective

The aim of the AWARE project is to provide innovative tools for monitoring and predicting of water availability and distribution in those drainage basins where snowmelt is a major component of the annual water balance, a common condition in Alpine catchm ents. Recent droughts observed in these basins call for the need of an efficient technology to predict medium and long-term flows for sustainable water resources management. The project will develop appropriate mathematical models to represent snow-pack dynamics and snowmelt runoff. These models will be expressly designed to integrate Earth Observation data and in-situ hydrological and meteorological measurements, introducing therefore a novel approach to the representation of the involved physical pro cesses in time and space. Model innovation stems with the enhanced capability of Earth Observation data to provide continuous information on state variables, that can be poorly accounted for using the traditional approach based on input-output control. Model calibration, validation and demonstration will be performed for representative catchments of different geographic conditions (climate, geology, geomorphology, hydrography) in the European Alps. Models will be implemented in a geo-service for tailor ing data and models to different environments under an integrated, but modulated approach capable of effective addressing the specific problems raising from different stakeholders, these including water policy makers, economic (hydropower companies, irr igation schemes, municipal water supply), and social (regional, basin and municipal authorities, citizens) stakeholders. The geo-service, fully compliant with the architecture of the Inspire initiative, will be capable of coupling global and local data to compute, archive, upgrade and distribute snow derived information.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/drainage basin
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/water management
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/public policy
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/geomorphology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SPACE-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
Italy

Participants (7)

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
Address
P.za Leonardo Da Vinci, 32
Milano
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR FOREST, SNOW AND LANDSCAPE RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
Flüelastr.11
Davos
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA, FACULTY OF CIVIL AND GEODETIC ENGINEERING
Slovenia
Address
Jamova 2
PP 3422 Ljubljana
REMOTE SENSING DATA ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
Address
Via Podgora 13
Milano
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I
Spain
Address
Avenida Vicent Sos Baynat, S/n
Castellon De La Plana
INSTITUT CARTOGRÀFIC DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Parc De Montjuïc S/n
Barcelona
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT WIEN, INSTITUTE OF HYDRAULIC AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
Austria
Address
Karlsplatz 13/222
Vienna