Welcome to the Water Resources Unit!
The Unit provides scientific assessments to address societal and economic challenges deriving from the evolving vulnerability of the European and global water environment. It contributes innovative solutions to sustainably manage water resources in the face of increasing trends of global population, urbanisation, pollution, over-exploitation, land use and climate change, and ensures that they are adequately linked to policy development and implementation.
- The Unit will deliver integrated impact assessments of water supply, scarcity and demand as a support to the integration of water resource-efficiency considerations into sectoral EU policy areas (agriculture, industry, energy, trade, environment, development cooperation) thus contributing to the Blueprint to safeguard Europe's water resources, which is directly related to the EU 2020 Strategy and to the Resource Efficiency Roadmap.
- Through the assessment of trade-offs between water quality, ecological requirements and water uses, the Unit will contribute to safeguarding natural capital, ecosystem services and biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems while maximising net social benefits from the use of water by economic sectors. It will develop European and global indicators for water quality, quantity and availability to enable planning of adaptation strategies to changing climate and support integration of knowledge on transboundary water management in EU development and cooperation tools towards growth and poverty reduction.
- Modelling and monitoring across different scales will be undertaken to enhance our understanding of the interactions between freshwater, coastal and marine environments, an area that plays an important role in the water cycle and that is of growing socio-economic relevance. The Unit will also support the development of measures to achieve Good Environmental Status in marine waters by 2020 and the creation of climate services for the marine biosphere through the production and analysis of quality-controlled systematic observations at regional and global scale.
- The Unit will act as driver of interaction between water-related research, standardisation and policy and interface with European Innovation Partnership initiatives to identify crosscutting strategies matching water supply and demand.
The work of the Unit is carried out in three Research Actions:
Action 22001 - MAPLE (Monitoring across Policies and Environmental Media) provides the scientific basis for pollutant monitoring across environmental media and policies, plays an anticipatory role in the identification of emerging pollutants, investigates effects at biological level and provides input for the modelling of environmental pollutants.
Action 22010 - FRESHWATERS (European and Global Freshwaters) - Assessing freshwater supply, demand and scarcity
Action 22011 - SEACOAST (Coastal and Marine Waters) - Understanding the global oceans, seas and coastal systems
Giovanni Bidoglio - Tel.: +39-0332-789383 E-mail: giovanni.bidoglio(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu
Bernd Gawlik - Tel.: +39-0332-789487 E-mail: bernd.gawlik(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu