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

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Address

Gower Street
Wc1e 6bt London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 840 837,26

Administrative Contact

Ilaria Marsili (Ms.)

Participants (25)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 511 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 452 998,80

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 330 000

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 209 262

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 535 737

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 369 999

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 448 000

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 458 574

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 432 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 320 035

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 201 000

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 273 000

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 128 956

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 199 980

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 125 060

Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 173 500

EESTI MAAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 195 999

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 162 358,64

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 189 675

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 137 775

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 197 000

Trent University

Canada

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

Australia

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244121

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 895 943,67

  • EU contribution

    € 6 997 746,70

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

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