The aim of the project is to provide advanced tools to significantly improve the efficiency of integrated water management in the Mediterranean and semiarid river catchments. There are major problems in the application of existing water quality models during periods without runoff and the extreme first flush effects at the beginning of the rain period. The dynamic process in sediments during the period of no Surface runoff and the interaction of re-suspended matter and water quality is often not considered. It is proposed that selected models will be improved by development of new hydrological and sediment modules. They will be tested in a rigorous experimental catchment framework, at various Mediterranean case study sites at the sub-basin scale. Experience of data needs and model application, through close interaction to a range of end-users, will be used to prepare guidelines for the operational use of models and adapted management strategies.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts