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GLOWA Elbe II 2004 - 2007 - Global Change Impacts on the Water Cycle in the Elbe River Basin - Risks and Options

Collaborative Project

Project code: 01LW0304A
Contract period: 01.01.2004 - 31.12.2007
Coordinating institution: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The environmental quality and socio-economic capability of the Elbe region is influenced to a substantial extent by factors that either depend on water or themselves have an impact on water. Building on the first phase of the GLOWA Elbe project we investigate how the potentially conflict-laden fields of surface water availability and quality of surface water are affected by structural economic change and/or global climate change, and, on a longer-term planning horizon, whether the region has the potential to adapt . Scenarios of the future development of critical driving forces (climate, social development) and alternative policy strategies are used as a basis to carry out numerical simulations of water-dependent sectors. The results are analysed for both water availability and water quality, as well as for some areas where availability and quality interconnect, and are drawn together to give an integrated assessment of the overall impact. This forms a basis for deriving long-term policy options which may serve as guidelines for policy and economy in the region.

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Collaborative Projects

Project I (Integration and Coordination)

Leading institution: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Project II (Regionalisation of Global Change)

Leading institution: Institute for Landscape and Environmental Planning

Research projects

Project V (Cross conflict field - Scenario Analysis)

Leading institution: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

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