WateXr | Extreme climate events and water quality
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Integration of climate seasonal prediction and ecosystem impact modelling for an efficient adaptation of water resources management to increasing climate extreme events.

The WATExR project emerges to co-develop practical tools for anticipating climate extreme events and their impacts on ecosystem services provided by aquatic ecosystems. The main goal of the project is to bridge the gap between two research communities (climate and freshwater sciences) that have been working in isolation, to offer solutions to anticipate and manage the impacts of extreme events on water quality.

WATExR involves a multidisciplinary, trans-national team that includes partners with expertise in climate modelling and prediction, catchment modelling, and lake/reservoir modelling, as well as a full array of private and public water managers from 7 individual case studies.

WATExR will co-develop advanced, standardized tools tailored to end-user demands in seven representative catchments across Europe and Australia, which cover a wide range of water management issues affected by climate extreme events including recreation, fisheries, drinking water supply, and the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.


Climate extreme events, like heat waves, droughts, and floods, stress ecosystems and compromise their capacity to provide key services related to water. However, despite the vulnerability of the water quality sector to climate extremes, there has been limited development of solution-oriented tools integrating Climate Services and ecosystem impacts modeling.



This is a place where the groups working on the WATExR project exchange technical information on the progress they are making in modelling, data analysis or QGIS plug-in development.

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