Impacts of Global Change on the Water Cycle in the Elbe Region - Risks and Options

River Elbe


GLOWA-Elbe Book 2008 (english)

GLOWA-Elbe Book 2005 (german)

| Overview | Aim | Research question | Subproject | Milestones
Phase III

Duration 2007 - 2010

"Global Change Impacts on the Water Cycle in the Elbe River Basin - achievements and consequences" GLOWA-ELBE III



Phase II

Duration 2004 - 2007
"Global Change Impacts on the Water Cycle in the Elbe River Basin - Risks and Options" GLOWA-Elbe II

The environmental quality and socio-economic capability of the Elbe region is influenced to a substantial extent by factors that either depend on water or themselves have an impact on water. Building on the first phase of the GLOWA Elbe project we investigate how the potentially conflict-laden fields of surface water availability and quality of surface water are affected by structural economic change and/or global climate change, and, on a longer-term planning horizon, whether the region has the potential to adapt . Scenarios of the future development of critical driving forces (climate, social development) and alternative policy strategies are used as a basis to carry out numerical simulations of water-dependent sectors. The results are analysed for both water availability and water quality, as well as for some areas where availability and quality interconnect, and are drawn together to give an integrated assessment of the overall impact. This forms a basis for deriving long-term policy options which may serve as guidelines for policy and economy in the region.

Flyer GLOWA-Elbe II
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Map of the Elbe-Catchment

Organisation chart GLOWA-Elbe II

Plan of project structure: Subprojects (VH ... abbreviation of subproject) - Tasks and Cross Linking

Phase I

Duration 2000 - 2003
"Integrated Analysis of the Impacts of the Environment and Society in the Elbe Basin" GLOWA-Elbe I

The collaborative project GLOWA- Elbe is one of several projects in a major research endeavour named "Global Change in the Hydrological Cycle" (GLOWA), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This major research project aims to develop integrated strategies for the clear-sighted and sustainable use of water and water bodies at regional scales, considering both ecosystems and how these interact and prevailing socio-economic conditions.

Flyer zu GLOWA-Elbe I
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Integrated regional analysis at selected areas





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