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Fostering European Drought Research and Science-Policy Interfacing

Objective

The project will reduce future Europe’s vulnerability and risk to drought by innovative in-depth studies that combine drought investigations in six case study areas in water-stressed regions (river basin and national scale) with drought analyses at the pan-European scale. Knowledge transfer across these scales is paramount because vulnerability is context-specific (e.g. physical, environmental, socio-economic, cultural, legal, institutional), which requires analyses on detailed scales, whereas international policies and drought-generating climate drivers and land surface processes are operating on large scales. The project will adopt Science-Policy Interfacing at the various scales, by establishing Case Study Dialogue Fora and a pan-Europe Dialogue Forum, which will ensure that the research will be well integrated into the policy-making from the start of the project onwards. The study will foster a better understanding of past droughts (e.g. underlying processes, occurrences, environmental and socio-economic impacts, past responses), which then will contribute to the assessment of drought hazards and potential vulnerabilities in the 21th C. An innovative methodology for early drought warning at the pan-European scale will be developed, which will improve on the forecasting and a suite of interlinked physical and impact indicators. This will help to increase drought preparedness, and to indentify and implement appropriate Disaster Risk Reduction measures (along the lines of the UN/ISDR HFA). The project will lead through the combined drought studies at different scales to the identification of drought-sensitive regions and sectors across Europe and a more thorough implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, particularly by further developing of methodologies for Drought Management Plans at different scales (incl. EU level). The work will be linked with the European Drought Centre ensuring that the outcome will be consolidated beyond the project’ lifetime.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 818 896
Administrative Contact
Linda Oud (Ms.)

Participants (11)

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 434 290
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 386 427
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petter Hovind (Mr.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 312 619
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerstin Stahl (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 283 618
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joaquín Andreu álvarez (Prof.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 230 177
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francisco Castro Rego (Prof.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 266 074
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sonia I. Seneviratne (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 213 957
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maribel Rodríguez Villa (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 455
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Gargiuolo (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE CAEN NORMANDIE
France
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Esplanade De La Paix
14032 Caen Cedex 5
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josette Travert (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 183 245
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wouter Wolters (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 50 192
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irmi Seidl (Dr.)