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Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity: the GLOBAQUA project

Water scarcity is a serious environmental problem in many European regions, and will likely increase in the near future as a consequence of increased abstraction and climate change. Water scarcity exacerbates the effects of multiple stressors, and thus results in decreased water quality. It impacts river ecosystems, threatens the services they provide, and it will force managers and policy-makers to change their current practices. The EU-FP7 project GLOBAQUA aims at identifying the prevalence, interaction and linkages between stressors, and to assess their effects on the chemical and ecological status of freshwater ecosystems in order to improve water management practice and policies. GLOBAQUA assembles a multidisciplinary team of 21 European plus 2 non-European scientific institutions, as well as water authorities and river basin managers. The project includes experts in hydrology, chemistry, biology, geomorphology, modelling, socio-economics, governance science, knowledge brokerage, and policy advocacy. GLOBAQUA studies six river basins (Ebro, Adige, Sava, Evrotas, Anglian and Souss Massa) affected by water scarcity, and aims to answer the following questions: how does water scarcity interact with other existing stressors in the study river basins? How will these interactions change according to the different scenarios of future global change? Which will be the foreseeable consequences for river ecosystems? How will these in turn affect the services the ecosystems provide? How should management and policies be adapted to minimise the ecological, economic and societal consequences? These questions will be approached by combining data-mining, field- and laboratory-based research, and modelling. Here, we outline the general structure of the project and the activities to be conducted within the fourteen work-packages of GLOBAQUA

This work has been supported by the European Communities 7th Framework Programme Funding under Grant agreement no. 603629-ENV-2013-6.2.1-Globaqua and by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Consolidated Research Groups “2014 SGR 418 - Water and Soil Quality Unit” and 2014 SGR 291 - ICRA)

© Science of the Total Environment, 2015, vol. 503-504, p. 3-9

Elsevier

Author: Navarro-Ortega, Alícia
Acuña i Salazar, Vicenç
Bellin, Alberto
Burek, Peter
Cassiani, Giorgio
Choukr-Allah, Redouane
Dolédec, Sylvain
Elosegi, Arturo
Ferrari, Federico
Ginebreda, Antoni
Grathwohl, Peter
Jones, Colin
Rault, Philippe Ker
Kok, Kasper
Koundouri, Phoebe
Ludwig, Ralf Peter
Merz, Ralf
Milacic, Radmila
Muñoz Gràcia, Isabel
Nikulin, Grigory
Paniconi, Claudio
Paunović, Momir
Petrović, Mira
Sabater, Laia
Sabater, Sergi
Skoulikidis, Nikolaos Th
Slob, Adriaan
Teutsch, Georg
Voulvoulis, Nikolaos
Barceló i Cullerés, Damià
Date: 2015
Abstract: Water scarcity is a serious environmental problem in many European regions, and will likely increase in the near future as a consequence of increased abstraction and climate change. Water scarcity exacerbates the effects of multiple stressors, and thus results in decreased water quality. It impacts river ecosystems, threatens the services they provide, and it will force managers and policy-makers to change their current practices. The EU-FP7 project GLOBAQUA aims at identifying the prevalence, interaction and linkages between stressors, and to assess their effects on the chemical and ecological status of freshwater ecosystems in order to improve water management practice and policies. GLOBAQUA assembles a multidisciplinary team of 21 European plus 2 non-European scientific institutions, as well as water authorities and river basin managers. The project includes experts in hydrology, chemistry, biology, geomorphology, modelling, socio-economics, governance science, knowledge brokerage, and policy advocacy. GLOBAQUA studies six river basins (Ebro, Adige, Sava, Evrotas, Anglian and Souss Massa) affected by water scarcity, and aims to answer the following questions: how does water scarcity interact with other existing stressors in the study river basins? How will these interactions change according to the different scenarios of future global change? Which will be the foreseeable consequences for river ecosystems? How will these in turn affect the services the ecosystems provide? How should management and policies be adapted to minimise the ecological, economic and societal consequences? These questions will be approached by combining data-mining, field- and laboratory-based research, and modelling. Here, we outline the general structure of the project and the activities to be conducted within the fourteen work-packages of GLOBAQUA
This work has been supported by the European Communities 7th Framework Programme Funding under Grant agreement no. 603629-ENV-2013-6.2.1-Globaqua and by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Consolidated Research Groups “2014 SGR 418 - Water and Soil Quality Unit” and 2014 SGR 291 - ICRA)
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ISSN: 0048-9697
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12449
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.081
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Is part of: © Science of the Total Environment, 2015, vol. 503-504, p. 3-9
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Subject: Ecologia d’aigua dolça
Freshwater ecology
Ecologia fluvial
Stream ecology
Aigua -- Qualitat
Water quality
Title: Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity: the GLOBAQUA project
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