1st Edition

Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate

ISBN 9780429089015
Published February 27, 2013 by CRC Press
128 Pages

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Book Description

Most large river basins in the world are transboundary. Experience with such basins emphasizes the urgent need for more efficient transnational water management. This book details recent initiatives undertaken in the Meuse basin (North-West Europe) to develop a transnational adaptation strategy to deal with the impact of climate change.

In the 21st century, floods in the Meuse basin are expected to become more intense and more frequent, while summers will be hotter and drier. The transnational adaptation strategy combines scientific research to fill important gaps in knowledge, innovative natural and structural water retention measures, and enhanced (transnational) crisis management. As a scientific basis for this adaptation strategy, common climate and hydrological scenarios have been developed, as well as more uniform methods for transnational flood risk assessment and mapping.

The contributions in Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate were presented at the final conference of the European project AMICE (Sedan, France, March 2013). They demonstrate that the development of a vision at the level of the river basin, rather than within the national or regional boundaries, faces many practical challenges but offers unique opportunities for adaptation.

Covering a wide range of topics, from the latest advances in climate and hydrological research to practical implementation of adaptation measures and communication issues, Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate offers a genuine bridge between research and practice, and also reports on similar developments in other river basins.

Table of Contents

Adaptation of the Meuse to the impacts of climate evolutions – the AMICE project in short
M. Fournier & M. Lejeune

Does the river Meuse change?
H.H. Tolkamp

Multidecadal climate oscillations and climate scenarios for impact analysis on hydrological extremes in Belgium

Impact of climate change on inundation hazard along the river Meuse
B. Dewals, G. Drogue, S. Erpicum, M. Pirotton & P. Archambeau

Impacts of future floods and low flows on the economy in the Meuse basin
B. Sinaba, R. Döring, M. Kufeld, H. Schüttrumpf & A. Bauwens

Climate change and the impact on drinking water supply in the Meuse river basin
H. Römgens

Natural water retention, a no-regret measure against future water-related risks and an opportunity for local communication
M. Fournier, M. Lejeune, P. van Iersel, R. Lambregts & C. Raskin

Structural protection against future water-related risks and solidarity among the Meuse countries
M. Fournier, J. De Bijl, G. Demny, C. Homann, K. Maeghe & M. Linsen

Crisis management: the AMICE exercise in November 2011
B. Tonnelier

Active flood management in Alpine catchment areas equipped with storage hydropower schemes
M. Bieri, A.J. Schleiss & F. Jordan

Towards a roadmap to climate change adaptation in the Meuse river basin, with the focus on water quantity
I. Krueger, B.T. Ottow, O. de Keizer & H. Buiteveld

The Programme Interreg IV B North-West Europe
L. Tuulik

Deltares activities in the Meuse river basin
F.C. SpernaWeiland, M. van Dijk, O. de Keizer & A.H.Weerts

Knowledge of the river Meuse
H. Nacken

The CONHAZ project
C. Green

Using agro-hydrology to adapt to climate evolutions
A. Degré, C. Sohier, A. Bauwens & M. Grandry

Taming the rivers? Solutions and strategies
R. Thépot

How to communicate about climate change impacts?
E. Huyghe

La Commission Internationale de la Meuse
J. Tack

Jointly adapting to climate change in transboundary basins: the programme of pilot projects under the UNECEWater Convention
S. Koeppel

AMICE song
J. De Bijl & M. Linsen

Old river Meuse meets Super hero AMICE
M. Lejeune & M. Fournier

Internet documentary on the river Meuse
W. Overmars


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