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Integrated Project to Evaluate the Impacts of Global Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems

Integrated Project to Evaluate the Impacts of Global Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems

Objective

Freshwater ecosystems, under stress from land-use change and pollution, face additional pressures from climate change, directly and through interaction with other drivers of change. Euro-lampas is concerned with the science required to understand and manage the ecological consequences of these interactions. It is relevant to the Water Framework Directive and other international directives and protocols and supports the Em’s Charter on Sustainable Development. The Project comprises a consortium of leading scientists to integrate river, lake and wetland ecosystem science at the catchments scale. It focuses on the key drivers of aquatic ecosystem change (land-use, nutrients, acid deposition and toxic substances) and examines their interactions with global, especially climate, change using time-series analysis, space-for-time substitution, palaeolimnology, experiments and process modelling. It considers these interactions at 3 critical time-scales:
(i) hours/days, concerned with changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme events;
(ii) seasons, concerned with changes in ecosystem function and life-cycle strategies of freshwater biota;
(iii) years/decades, concerned with ecological response to environmental pressure, including stress reduction and ecosystem recovery. An innovative toolkit for integrated catchments analysis and modelling will be developed to simulate hydrological, hydro chemical and ecological processes at the catchments scale for use in assessing the potential impact of global change under different climate and socio-economic scenarios. A unified system of ecological indicators for monitoring freshwater ecosystem health, and new methods for defining reference conditions and restoration strategies will be developed. These will take into account the probable impacts of future climate change and the need for a holistic approach to restoration based on habitat connectivity.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Address

Gower Street
London

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Simon PATRICK (Dr)

Participants (37)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET.

Denmark

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE.

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING.

United Kingdom

ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Spain

IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB

Sweden

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING (NIVA)

Norway

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

EAWAG - EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

THE GOULANDRIS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Greece

ENTERA INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT FUR PLANNUNG UND INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE GBR

Germany

HYDROBIOLOGICKY USTAV, AKADEMIE VID CESKE REPUBLIKY

Czechia

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE

Czechia

HYDROMOD DR. K DUWE, K. PFEIFFER, J. POST, G. DUNKEL, DR DR H BAUMERT GBR

Germany

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNO -

Czechia

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA.

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

Iceland

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

UNIVERSITE DE RENNES 1

France

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

WATER PROBLEMS INSTITUTE OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

TRENT UNIVERSITY

Canada

CESKA GEOLOGICKA SLUZBA

Czechia

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

BIOLOGICKE CENTRUM AKADEMIE VID CESKE REPUBLIKY

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505540

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 19 154 659

  • EU contribution

    € 12 647 141

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom