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WATCH IP. Water and Global Change. First year Activity report to the European Commission

Warnaars, Tanya; Harding, Richard; Blyth, Eleanor; Ludwig, Fulco; Hagemann, Stefan; Best, Martin; Tallaksen, Lena; van Lanen, Henny. 2008 WATCH IP. Water and Global Change. First year Activity report to the European Commission. NERC/Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 148pp. (CEH Project Number: C03276, WATCH IP) (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The Integrated Project (WATCH- WATer and global CHange), funded under the EU FP6, will bring together the hydrological, water resources and climate communities to analyse, quantify and predict the components of the current and future global water cycles and related water resources states, evaluate their uncertainties and clarify the overall vulnerability of global water resources related to the main societal and economic sectors. WATCH project will: (1)analyse and describe the current global water cycle, especially causal chains leading to observable changes in extremes (droughts and floods) (2)evaluate how the global water cycle and its extremes respond to future drivers of global change (including greenhouse gas release and land cover change) (3)evaluate feedbacks in the coupled system as they affect the global water cycle (4)evaluate the uncertainties in the predictions of coupled climate-hydrological- land-use models using a combination of model ensembles and observations (5)develop an enhanced (modelling) framework to assess the future vulnerability of water as a resource, and in relation to water/climate related vulnerabilities and risks of the major water related sectors, such as agriculture, nature and utilities (energy, industry and drinking water sector) (6)provide comprehensive quantitative and qualitative assessments and predictions of the vulnerability of the water resources and water-/climate-related vulnerabilities and risks for the 21st century (7)collaborate intensively with the key leading research groups on water cycle and water resources in USA and Japan (8)collaborate intensively in dissemination of its scientific results with major research programmes worldwide (WCRP, IGBP) (9)collaborate intensively in dissemination of its practical and applied results with major water resources and water management platforms and professional organisations worldwide (WWC, IWA) and at a scale of 5 selected river basins in Europe

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA03 Developing strategic data and knowledge at a catchment scale to enable the wiser management of the water environment > WA03.1 Development and operation of the freshwaters data collections
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > CC01B Land-surface Feedbacks in the Climate System
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA03 Developing strategic data and knowledge at a catchment scale to enable the wiser management of the water environment > WA03.3 Catchment scale modelling and assessment
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA02 Quantifying processes that link water quality and quantity, biota and physical environment > WA02.1 Hydrological processes
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA01 Water extremes
CEH Sections: Harding (to 31.07.11)
Funders/Sponsors: European Commission
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Water and Global Change. Sixth Framework Programme. Priority 1.1.6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems
Additional Keywords: Water cycle, climate change, hydrology, modelling, feedbacks, water resources
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Agriculture and Soil Science
Education
Ecology and Environment
General > Science Policy
Hydrology
Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 29 Oct 2008 13:23
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4562

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