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

Alicia Navarro-Ortega, 1 Vicenç Acuna 2 Alberto Bellin 3 Peter Burek 4 Giorgio Cassiani 5 Redouane Choukr-Allah 6 Sylvain Dolédec 7 Arturo Elosegi 8 Federico Ferrari 9 Antoni Ginebreda 1 Peter Grathwohl 10 Colin Jones 11 Philippe Ker Rault 1 Kasper Kok 12 Phoebe Koundouri 13, 14, 15 Ralph Peter Ludwig 16 Ralf Merz 17 Radmila Milacic 18 Isabel Munoz 19 Grigory Nikulin 11 Claudio Paniconi 20 Mira Petrovic 2, 21 Laia Sabater 1 Sergi Sabater 22, 2 Nicolaos Th. Skoulikidis 23 Adriaan Slob 24 Georg Teutsch 17 Nicolaos Voulvoulis 25 Damià Barcelo 1, 2 
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. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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Alicia Navarro-Ortega,, Vicenç Acuna, Alberto Bellin, Peter Burek, Giorgio Cassiani, et al.. Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity. The GLOBAQUA project. Science of the Total Environment, 2015, 503, pp.3-9. ⟨10.1016/J.Scitotenv.2014.06.081⟩. ⟨hal-01120633⟩



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