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Sci Total Environ. 2015 Jan 15;503-504:3-9. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.081. Epub 2014 Jul 5.

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

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Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona Spain. Electronic address: alicia.navarro@idaea.csic.es.
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Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain.
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento (UNITN), Trento, Italy.
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Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES-JRC), Ispra, Italy.
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Department of Geosciences, University of Padova (UNIPD), Padova, Italy.
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Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Hassan II (IAV), Agadir, Morocco.
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Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1(CNRS-LEHNA), Lyon, France.
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Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain.
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AEIFORIA, srl, Fidenza, Italy.
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Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona Spain.
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Center for Applied Geosciences, Tuebingen University (EKUT), Tuebingen, Germany.
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Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Rossby Centre (SMHI), Norrköping, Sweden.
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Climate Change and Adaptive Land and Water Management Team, Wageningen University and Research Centre (ALTERRA), Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Wageningen University (WU), Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (ATHENA), Athens, Greece; Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.
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Department of Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, (LMU), München, Germany.
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Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany.
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Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute, (JSI), Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Department of Ecology, University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain.
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Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Quebec City, Canada.
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University of Belgrade, Institute for Biological Research Siniša Stanković (IBISS), Belgrade, Serbia.
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Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain; Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain.
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Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Girona, Girona, Spain.
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biological Resources & Inland Waters (HCMR), Athens, Greece.
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Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Delft, The Netherlands.
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The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (IMPERIAL), London, United Kingdom.
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Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona Spain; Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Girona, Spain.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Climate scenarios; Ecosystem functioning; Ecosystem services; Improved management; Modelling; Water quality

PMID:
25005236
PMCID:
PMC4236898
DOI:
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.081
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