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ACQWA - Assessing Climate Impacts on the Quantity and Quality of Water

ACQWA is a large-scale integrating project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It involves 35 international partners and a budget of EURO 6.5 million. Within this project HWRM-ETH is investigating the future of water resources in alpine regions around the world (the Swiss and Italian Alps, the central Andes of Chile and the Tian Shan in Kirgistan). The main objectives of HWRM within this project are:
  • modelling the response of river runoff dynamics to changes in the local climate system
  • modelling the response of glaciers to changes in the climate system through state of the art integrated models of glacier ablation and accumulation, glacier dynamics and glacier runoff
  • looking at the distributed and fine resolution response of catchment hydrology to climate change
  • investigating downscaling techniques of RCMs
  • modeling slope stability in mountainous landscapes under the influence of climate change.