Fresh water resources

The River Rhine is heating up in response to climate change

Water temperature of the River Rhine is rising. It has been rising by over 2 °C in summer since 1978, and will continue to do so as a response to climate change.

Why climate change degrades deep-water quality of alpine lakes

Water quality of lakes is affected by shrinking glaciers. How? Through changes in river flows that change oxygen transport to lakes as well.

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It will rain harder high up in the Alps in summer

In contrast to global climate model projections the intensity of summer rainfall may increase. This is important for fresh water supply and, for instance, with respect to flash floods.

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Forest management can mitigate climate change effects on streamflow

Forest management can mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate and forest management interact and affect streamflow differentially.

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Water scarcity increases worldwide due to climate change

Under a moderate scenario of climate change, by 2050 0.5 to 3.1 billion people are exposed to an increase in water scarcity solely due to climate change.

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Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe

Lake summer surface water temperatures are warming significantly, with a mean trend of 0.34°C per decade, across 235 globally distributed lakes.

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Climate change and groundwater pumping impacts on catchment dynamics in Spain

The combined effects of projected climate change and groundwater pumping has been assessed for a catchment in the Upper Guadiana basin (central Spain)

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Trends in the hydrologic regime of Alpine rivers

Global warming affects precipitation volumes in the Alps, the contribution of rain and snow to these volumes, and the timing of snowmelt. An overall decrease in snow cover

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Climate change impacts on groundwater recharge in southeast Spain

The impact of climate change on natural groundwater recharge has been assessed for southeast Spain. Groundwater recharge will decrease

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Climate and anthropogenic changes on the hydrology of an Alpine catchment

Studies based on small mountainous glacierized basins overestimate the impact of climate change on downstream water flow.

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Climate change impact on river discharge in Eastern Romania

An analysis of discharge data for small rivers in Eastern Romania over 1950–2006 showed increasing trends

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Climate change impacts on discharges of the Rhone River in Lyon

Discharges in the Rhone basin are likely to decrease significantly by the end of the century. Besides, seasonality of run-off will change substantially as well

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The end of scarcity? Water desalination as the new cornucopia for Mediterranean Spain

Desalination is being presented increasingly as a techno-social fix, against the pressures of urbanization, climate change and population on freshwater resources. There is also a downside

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Streamflow timing of mountain rivers in Spain: Recent changes and future projections

The headwaters of the main Spanish rivers are located in mountainous territories where late-autumn and winter precipitation falls in the form of snow leading to the formation of a sustained snowpack.

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Climate change impacts on groundwater and dependent ecosystems

Future climate change will affect recharge rates and, in turn, the depth of groundwater levels and the amount of available groundwater.

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Embodied water imports to the UK under climate change

It is estimated that some 70% of the total water used in production and consumption in the UK is imported from other countries in the form of water embodied in goods.

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Impact of climate change on water resources Crete (Greece)

Local water management planning and adaptation strategies need to be improved and updated in order to attain future water security ...

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Projected changes in water availability in the United Kingdom

Overall, for the second half of this century, the majority of regional climate models project an increase in runoff during winter and a decrease over summer ...

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Response to future water availability in Murcia

The export of agricultural products from the hot and dry Region of Murcia is a ‘virtual’ export of water from a water-scarce region ...

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Ground water and climate change

Substantial reductions in potential groundwater recharge are projected for the 21st century in southern Europe and increases in northern Europe ...

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