1st Edition

Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate

Edited By Benjamin Dewals, Maïté Fournier Copyright 2013

    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.

    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



    Benjamin Dewals, University of Liege, Department ArGEnCo, HECE – Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering, Liege, Belgium. Maïté Fournier, EPAMA, Charleville-Mézières, France.