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Quantifying Uncertainty in Integrated Catchment Studies

Objective

"The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the most significant EU legislation concerning surface water management. Programs of Measures are required to ensure water bodies achieve a good ecological status. It is important to predict the impact of interventions on water quality. Man-made and natural processes control surface water quality, these are highly complex with a range of sources, transport and transformation processes. Cost estimates by EU governments indicate that billions of euros will be spent over several decades to implement WFD. There is an increasing level of concern on the implementation cost (financial and carbon). Integrated water quality models designed to predict the quality of water across the linked urban and rural scales in a catchment is seen as a tool to optimise this cost. Integrated Catchment Modelling (ICM) is based on linking numerous empirically calibrated sub-models of water quality processes. Catchment scale WQ predictions are then used to justify investment. Current water quality sub-models contain significant uncertainty. Methods have been developed to quantify uncertainty at a level however little work has been carried out to investigate WQ uncertainty propagation between sub-models. QUICS will develop a generalised catchment wide approach to uncertainty assessment that can then be used in WFD implementation studies. It will address uncertainty propagation at the spatial and temporal scales found in catchments and develop tools to reduce uncertainty by optimising sampling and monitoring and the objective selection of model structure. This will reduce uncertainty in WQ predictions and result in better informed investment decisions and so have a significant impact on WFD implementation. QUICS contains leading water quality scientists, uncertainty experts and private sector water management practitioners and modellers. It will train researchers capable of developing and implementing uncertainty management tools into ICM studies."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
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Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 029 849,92
Administrative Contact
Andrew King (Mr.)

Participants (9)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE PUBLIC HENRI TUDOR

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Luxembourg
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Avenue J F Kennedy 29
1855 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Florence Ventolini
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 531,64
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Coombs (Mrs.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 639 240,47
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Janssen Loes
Halcrow Group Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 057,16
Address
Brook Green 43 Elms House Hammersmith
W6 7EF London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Baird (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 470 263,21
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerard Heuvelink (Dr.)
JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 693,88
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Maarten Veldman (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 221 991
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jorge Tavares Male (Dr.)
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 506 823,90
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emmanuelle Becker (Mrs.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 366 782,68
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Bianca Mosimann (Mrs.)