HydroPredict 2012
Vienna, Austria, 24.-27.09.2012



LIFE+/EnvEurope - Dissemination Event
20 Jahre Zöbelboden
Vienna, Austria, 21.11.2012



CC-WaterS is the follow-up project of

KArst WATer research program


CC-WaterS: objectives and approach.

The impact of climate change on SEE’s water resources is a critical issue for society and economy. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) suggests regional and local projects and studies in order to assess extent of climate change and impact on water resources.

Climate change may have significant influence on the ability to provide safe and sustainable drinking water. The main water supply problems are related to the significant change of groundwater quantity and quality observed in the last decades as an effect of land use practices and are very likely to climate change. The latter may affect the ability of suppliers to provide enough water of sufficient quality to the consumers. This problem has also been identified on programme level and integrated in AoI 2.1 for common action. It is crucial from a strategic point of view to assess the possible range of impact of climate change on the water resources used for drinking water supply and to delineate critical areas where measures are needed.

In the territories of involved project partners, covering relevant areas of SEE, groundwater plays a major role as drinking water resource, which will be affected severely by climate change. CC-WaterS tackles the defined challenge by developing an innovative solution - a sustainable  water supply management system regarding optimisation of water extraction and land use restrictions regarding  climate change scenarios for water suppliers in SEE.

Thus the main objective of CC-WaterS is to safeguard water availability and safety for a sustainable water supply for citizens in different European regions for several decades under the influence of climate change, provoking land-use changes.

Methods and instruments will be jointly developed to predict landuse change impacts on water supply. Measures to adapt water supply management to these changes will be proposed. In this respect specific objectives are to:
- identify and apply an adequate model in order to quantify CC on catchment scale by analysing water balances
- determine future drinking water availability considering climate and land use changes
- distinguishing among anthropogenic (land uses) and natural impacts (climate change) on water supply availability and safety
- develop common tools for risk assessment to secure drinking water supply under changing climate
- develop appropriate technical measures and prepare the legislative basis to mitigate possible negative effects of climate and landuse changes on water supply management
- develop a proposal for measures considering economic and social aspects
- develop a water supply management system regarding optimisation of water extraction and land use restrictions under climate change scenarios for water suppliers in SEE
- share experience in SEE region, raise awareness in the wider public and promote a common approach towards sustainable transnational water management
- promote project achievements and propose measures to local authorities, and the public as water end-users.