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Adapting to climate change: reducing water-related risks in Europe - EU policy and research considerations
Quevauviller, P. (2011). Adapting to climate change: reducing water-related risks in Europe - EU policy and research considerations. Environ. Sci. Policy 14(7): 722-729. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.envsci.2011.02.008
In: Environmental Science & Policy. Elsevier: Exeter. ISSN 1462-9011; e-ISSN 1873-6416, more
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    Climate change; Adaptation; Water-related disasters; Risk reduction;Science-policy interactions

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Abstract
    Climate change impacts on the hydrological cycle, e.g. leading to changes of precipitation patterns, have been observed over several decades. Higher water temperatures and changes in extremes hydrometeorological events (including floods and droughts) are likely to exacerbate different types of pressures on water resources with possible negative impacts on ecosystems and human health. In addition, sea-level rise is expected to extend areas of salinisation of groundwater and estuaries, resulting in a decrease of freshwater availability for humans and ecosystems in coastal areas. Furthermore, climate-related changes in water quantity and quality are expected to affect food availability, water access and utilisation, especially in arid and semi-arid areas, as well as the operation of water infrastructure (e.g. hydropower, flood defences, and irrigation systems). This paper serves as an introduction to the special issue of Environment Science & Policy dealing with climate change impacts on water-related disasters. It provides a brief background about relevant EU water policies and examples of EU-funded research trends which illustrate on-going efforts to improve understanding and modelling of climate changes related to the hydrological cycles at scales that are relevant to decision making (possibly linked to policy).

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