Climate change and the European water dimension
Eisenreich, Steven J.
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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The Report is organized into six chapters progressing from the global to European perspectives of climate change, initially based on the IPCC 2001 report but updated with new published information, potential aquatic impacts in different aquatic sectors and case studies. Specifically, Chapters I and II present the global and European perspective on climate change predictions, scenarios and impacts. Chapter III summarizes the hydrological cycle and the compartments and flows most sensitive to climate change impacts. Chapter IV provides a summary of the global and regional indicators of climate variability such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, and then proceeds to provide analyses of real and potential climate change impacts on lakes, coastal and marine systems, and Mediterranean lagoons (as an example of an especially sensitive aquatic ecosystem). Chapter V is a series of sub-chapters addressing some of the major challenges in climate change scenarios such as floods, droughts, changing ecological status and the WFD, and water in agriculture. Chapter VI provides a series of case studies highlighting the reality of climate change and variability as witnessed for four lakes in Europe, the Venice lagoon, and the Ebro and Po River Basins. Further chapters address the issues of water borne and vector-borne disease likely exacerbated by climate change. The last part of Chapter VI introduce the potential implications of climate change as a perturbed of the global Hg cycle and to mobilization of persistent organic chemicals such as dioxins and PCBs as a result of floods and general temperature increases.
Citation“Eisenreich, Steven J.; Bernasconi, C.; Campostrini, P.. 2005. Climate change and the European water dimension. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.Bibl. : p. 217-248.European Union document