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Assessment of Climatic change and impacts on the Quantity and quality of Water

Objective

As the evidence for human induced climate change becomes clearer, so too does the realization that its effects will have impacts on natural environment and socio-economic systems. Some regions are more vulnerable than others, both to physical changes and to the consequences for ways of life. The proposal will assess the impacts of a changing climate on the quantity and quality of water in mountain regions. Modeling techniques will be used to project the influence of climatic change on the major determinants of river discharge at various time and space scales. Regional climate models will provide the essential information on shifting precipitation and temperature patterns, and snow, ice, and biosphere models will feed into hydrological models in order to assess the changes in seasonality, amount, and incidence of extreme events in various catchment areas. Environmental and socio-economic responses to changes in hydrological regimes will be analyzed in terms of hazards, aquatic ecosystems, hydropower, tourism, agriculture, and the health implications of changing water quality. Attention will also be devoted to the interactions between land use/land cover changes, and changing or conflicting water resource demands. Adaptation and policy options will be elaborated on the basis of the model results. Specific environmental conditions of mountain regions will be particularly affected by rapidly rising temperatures, prolonged droughts and extreme precipitation. The methodological developments gained from a European mountain focus will be used to address water issues in regions whose economic conditions and political structures may compromise capacities to respond and adapt, such as the Andes and Central Asia where complex problems resulting from asymmetric power relations and less robust institutions arise. Methodologies developed to study European mountains and their institutional frameworks will identify vulnerabilities and be used to evaluate a range of policy options.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/limnology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 482 323,53
Administrative Contact
Martin Beniston (Prof.)

Participants (29)

EIDGENOESSISCHES VOLKSWIRTSCHAFTSDEPARTEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Lorenz (Mr.)
AGENZIA REGIONALE PER LA PROTEZIONE AMBIENTALE DEL PIEMONTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 126 970,31
Address
Via Pio Vii 9
10135 Torino (Turin)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefano Bovo (Mr.)
AGENZIA REGIONALE PER LA PROTEZIONEDELL AMBIENTE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 999,60
Address
Loc Grande Charriere 44
11020 Saint-christophe
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edmondo Nocerino (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helga Kromp-Kolb (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SERENA
Chile
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Benavente 980
N/A La Serena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Kinnard (Dr.)
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS CIENTIFICOS
Chile
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Avenida Arturo Prat 514
5110466 Valdivia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andres Rivera (Dr.)
METEO-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 46 755
Address
Avenue De Paris 73
94165 Saint Mande Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Avril (Mr.)
INSTITUTO TORCUATO DI TELLA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 19 800
Address
Minones 2177
1428 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Salvador Orsini (Mr.)
RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Via Raffaele Rubattino 54
20134 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlo Legramandi (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossella Rotesi (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 318 900
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julie Zittel (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
COMPAGNIA VALDOSTANA ACQUE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 82 500
Address
Via Stazione 31
11024 Chatillon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Biagini (Dr.)
ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Viale Regina Margherita 125
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Angelo Galeati (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 173 780
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Burlando (Prof.)
FONDAZIONE MONTAGNA SICURA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Localita Villard De La Palud 1
11013 Courmayeur
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Pierre Fosson (Dr.)
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrej Michelcich (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonello Provenzale (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF WATER PROBLEMS AND HYDROPOWER OF THE KYRGYZ NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Kyrgyzstan
EU contribution
€ 24 900
Address
Frunze Street 533
720033 Bishkek
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dushen Mamatkanov (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muriel Boyer (Ms.)
MONTEROSASTAR SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 362
Address
Piazza Municipio 1
28876 Macugnaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luigi Corsi (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 439 394,16
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Claudia Piltz (Ms.)
ENTE PARCO NAZIONALE GRAN PARADISO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Via Della Rocca 47
10123 Torino
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piero Quendoz (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 283 650
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Mancini (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juerg Luterbacher (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 999,60
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 263 199,60
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Gobiet (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 874,60
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alistair Rieu-Clarke (Dr.)
FONDATION POUR L INSTITUT DE HAUTES ETUDES INTERNATIONALES ET DU DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 274 165
Address
Maison De La Paix Chemin Eugene Rigot 2
1202 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Burrin