3RD GLOBAQUA ANNUAL MEETING

GLOBAQUA has just ended its 3rd year of project development. Although there are still many months to go, some of the results of the project are already published, including a special issue that has been released in STOTEN with those contributions presented in the 1st GLOBAQUA International Conference, among others. A fast revision of the work done reveals us that an interactive internet platform (Water-Hub) enabling the search and retrieval of information from already existing web sources has been designed and implemented. A comparison of high resolution modelling with larger scale modelling for selected hydrological indicators has been performed together with the assessment of the uncertainties related to hydrological modelling on how such uncertainties may affect decisions. The main factors and relationships that drive sediment fluxes at the basin scale have been determined together with the assessment of particle related pollutant concentrations based on event sampling campaigns. The first event-driven field samplings were performed at the Sava River under high water levels during the flush events and in the Evrotas to study the behavior of micro-contaminants and nanomaterials under severe drought conditions. The biological results of the two general samplings showed a first overview of the hotspot sites where community diversity changes and some of the stressors related to these changes start to unravel. When considering ecosystem functioning, an experiment in the Ebro River basin about the interaction between urban pollution and drought has been finished and a parallel experiment on effects of olive mill effluents on stream ecosystem functioning has been designed for the Evrotas. A methodology that accounts for all components of costs, financial, environmental and resource cost has been developed in order to estimate the rate of cost recovery for water uses. The climate change and socioeconomic scenarios have been constructed and the information on ecosystem services under each scenario is being produced. Finally, the extend to that problems and delays with the Water Framework Directive’s implementation associated with the implementation process itself were investigated. Evidence from the GLOBAQUA case have also been reviewed, securing the user perspective from the river basin level and bridging the science-policy gap. The knowledge integration has been investigated through questionnaires and interviews to enhance the collaboration of stakeholders and GLOBAQUA partners. We have been working on translating the outcomes of the analysis regarding the WFD implementation through the development of the first policy oriented briefs.

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