The overall goal of the project is to develop methodologies to quantify the relative impacts of land use and climate variability on water yields and extreme hydrological events, ie. floods and droughts, at multiple spatial scales. An important objective is to relate land use change to its position in landscape (and its spatial variations) and quantify its cumulative effects on hydrological processes at larger scale. For this purpose, new and innovative data types will be used to improve the knowledge basis required to develop efficient land surface schemes and model techniques facilitating prediction of cumulative and large-scale hydrological and atmospheric processes. The combined use of new data types and cross-disciplinary modeling approaches will facilitate 1) quantification of relationships between site-specific, spatial and cumulative hydrological processes and 2) prediction of the relative impacts of climate and land use changes on water yield and extreme hydrological events at different spatial scales. Such tools are particularly important to mitigate climate change impacts and optimize land use and water management planning in relation to ecosystem health, agricultural production, human/industrial water needs, and flood protection in urban, coastal and near-stream regions.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2009 → 31/10/2012|
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