Impact of Climate change on Alpine Water Resources

ICCG Webinar

Impact of Climate change on Alpine Water Resources

December 16th, 2015
4:00 pm CET

Language: English
Duration: 30 minutes + 20 minutes for Q&A
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Speaker:  Antonio Massarutto, University of Udine and IEFE, Bocconi University

Alps are considered “the Water towers of Europe”: a significant part of surface and groundwater outflows are directly or indirectly depending on the water accumulated in snow, glaciers and permafrost. This inestimable function is threatened by climate change.

Changing patterns of rain and snowfall and higher summer temperatures causing ice melting are expected to generate dramatic change in outflow patterns, reduced winter stocking and exacerbation of extreme events. At the same time, demand trends are also putting significant challenges. Hydropower facilities are intensifying the use of water (hydropeaking, repumping) and affecting downstream flows. Concentration of touristic development in highlands multiplies summer and winter water demand in fragile environments. Artificial snow production adds further pressures upstream, while irrigated agriculture is pressing downstream

While these challenges should not been exaggerated, they require adaptation measures, which should start from water governance.

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