2ND GLOBAQUA ANNUAL MEETING

All the participants of GLOBAQUA met in Freising (Germany) on 13-14 January 2016 for the 2nd annual project meeting to discuss about the progress and the future plan of the project.  The GLOBAQUA Steering Committee met as well. The event was organized by project partner LMU.

In GLOBAQUA we collected historical data relative to hydrology and climate, implementing an interactive internet platform (Water-Hub) to connect existing databases of potential relevance to GLOBAQUA. We worked hard on case studies modelling: baseline scenarios describing the current conditions in each case study were defined and we worked on future climate change and land use change (with iCLUE model).

Existing hydrological and geochemical data were analysed and hydrological modelling tools identified for each study case. We also set-up and preliminarily calibrated hydrological models that will be used to upscale the results to a pan-European scale. Sediment/pollutant related stressors were identified together with the linking of these to proxies based on landuse, hydrology and climate to account for pressure/stressor relationships. GLOBAQUA includes some field work; in particular 2 general sampling campaigns performed within the Sava, Adige and Evrotas rivers. Samples were analysed. For biological samples we elaborated the first results on the application of species trait response models as well as application of invasiveness indexes to determine the hotspot sites where community diversity changes.

Another interesting output is a toolbox to measure river ecosystem functioning. The potential impact of the toolbox is large, as it should encourage managers to measure river ecosystem functioning. Also integrative statistical models for ecosystem services at the basin scale have been developed. As to ecosystem services we evaluated them under different socio-economic scenarios that will be used to assess the current levels of recovery of the costs of water services. A benchmarking exercise was defined to help identifying implications of using different models in the integrated assessment framework. This delineates an integrated framework for assessing multiple stressors and designing appropriate management measures. A number of stakeholder workshops were organised in different case study areas to explore the nature of policy implementation, decision making and management strategies of freshwater ecosystems in these areas, addressing the need for European policy to move towards an effective implementation of the European Water Framework Directive.


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