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Adaptive Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems

Objective

Understanding how freshwater ecosystems will respond to future climate change is essential for the development of policies and implementation strategies needed to protect aquatic and riparian ecosystems. The future status of freshwater ecosystems is however, also dependent on changes in land-use, pollution loading and water demand. In addition the measures that need to be taken to restore freshwater ecosystems to good ecological health or to sustain priority species as required by EU Directives need to be designed either to adapt to future climate change or to mitigate the effects of climate change in the context of changing land-use. Generating the scientific understanding that enables such measures to be implemented successfully is the principal focus of REFRESH. It is concerned with the development of a system that will enable water managers to design cost-effective restoration programmes for freshwater ecosystems at the local and catchment scales that account for the expected future impacts of climate change and land-use change in the context of the WFD and Habitats Directive. At its centre is a process-based evaluation of the specific adaptive measures that might be taken to minimise the consequences of climate change on freshwater quantity, quality and biodiversity. The focus is on three principal climate-related and interacting pressures, increasing temperature, changes in water levels and flow regimes and excess nutrients, primarily with respect to lowland rivers, lakes and wetlands because these often pose the most difficult problems in meeting both the requirements of the WFD and Habitats Directive. REFRESH will advance our fundamental and applied science in 5 key areas: i) understanding how the functioning of freshwater ecosystems is affected by climate change; ii) new indicators of functional response and tools for assessing vulnerability; iii) modelling ecological processes; iv) integrated modelling; and v) adaptive management.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
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Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 840 837,26
Administrative Contact
Ilaria Marsili (Ms.)

Participants (25)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 511 000
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marianne Brandi Christensen (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 452 998,80
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrew Wade (Dr.)
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 330 000
Address
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johanna Hiltunen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 209 262
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 535 737
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karin Van Der Goot (Ms.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 369 999
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alex Elliot (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 448 000
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Ms.)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 458 574
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emma Wing (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 432 000
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
M. Myriam Vincent (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 320 035
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 201 000
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Meryem Beklioglu (Prof.)
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 273 000
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carla Pinho (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 128 956
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco Lopes Jrc-Ies-Msu-Competitive Sector
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 199 980
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Vieyra (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 125 060
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ilse Stubauer (Dr.)
Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 173 500
Address
Branisovska 31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jiri Kopacek (Prof.)
EESTI MAAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 195 999
Address
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katri Hellat (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 358,64
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesc Sabater (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 189 675
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Papastergiadou (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Armelle Barelli (Ms.)
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 137 775
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hanne Sørlie (Ms.)
NORSK INSTITUT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 197 000
Address
Okernveien 94
0579 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Richard Wright (Dr.)
Trent University
Canada
Address
West Bank Drive 1600 Suite 344 Gzowski College
K9J 7B8 Peterborough
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Dillon (Prof.)
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Australia
Address
Kessels Road Nathan
4111 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary Meadowcroft (Ms.)
THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carol Bisset (Mrs.)