Extreme Climate Events and Water Quality
Climate extreme events, like heat waves, droughts, and floods, stress ecosystems and compromise their capacity to provide key services related to water. However, despite the vulnerability of the water quality sector to climate extremes, there has been limited development of solution-oriented tools integrating Climate Services and ecosystem impacts modeling. WATExR emerges to co-develop practical tools for anticipating climate extreme events and their impacts on ecosystem services provided by aquatic ecosystems.
Despite the vulnerability of the water quality sector to climate extremes, there has been limited development of solution-oriented toolsintegrating seasonal prediction of extreme events and ecosystem impacts modelling.
WATExR is bridging the gap between two research communities (climate and freshwater sciences) that have been working in isolation.WATExR is co-developing solutions to anticipate and manage the impacts of extreme events on water quality, using QGIS plugins. Pilots for prediction salmon fisheries and water quality in reservoirs already in use!
WATExR has defined a new Impact Sector in the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP): the Lake Sector.The first model runs on the impacts of climate change on lakes are already executing!
I am Dr. Rafael Marcé, coordinator of the WATExR project. My research has always been related to water quality in lakes and reservoirs, with a strong focus on the interface between science and industry. This primed my research with the ambition to deliver useful tools to managers and policy makers. WATExR is a wonderful opportunity to engage in a research program totally oriented to deliver operational tools to solve one of the most pressing demands from the water sector.
• Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain is in charge of the Project Coordination.
• Universidad de Cantabria, Spain – works on Seasonal climate prediction.
• Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Germany – is in charge of Water quality modelling.
• Aarhus University, Denmark leads the QGIS plug-in development.
• Marine Institute Galway, Ireland is responsible for the Fisheries work.
• Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, works on Extreme events and water quality.
• Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway
• and Uppsala University, Sweden are in charge of respectively Watershed water quality modelling and – Water quality modelling in lakes.
Together with co-developers (stakeholders and policy makers) from 10 institutions from Europe and Australia, such as Aigües Ter-Llobregat and the Catalan Water Agency (Spain), SAWater (Australia), MORSA (Norway), Wupperverband (Germany), and the Ministry of Environment and Food (Denmark).
Output can be found on the project website: https://watexr.eu/.
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