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AQUADAPT
Institution: [1] University of Alicante, Spain [2] School of Water Sciences, Cranfield University [3] Aquagest Levante, S.A.Spain [4] Yorkshire Water, UK [5] University of Versailles, France [6] University College, London. UK [7] Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France [8] Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia [9] University of Twente, The Netherlands [10] BRGM, France [11] 3D-Environmental Change, The Netherlands [12] National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Principal Investigators: Prof. Juan Bellot (University of ALicante, Spain) & Dr. Paul Jeffrey (School of Water Sciences, Cranfield University, UK)
Grant Number: EVK1-CT-2001-00104

Description: The overall aim of the Aquadapt project is to generate knowledge which supports the strategic planning and management of water resources in semi-arid environments at catchment level under changing supply / demand patterns. The intellectual framework which underpins the project reflects recent thinking on the co-evolution of natural resource availability with human societies. Hence, we explicitly seek to provide a basis for the integration of water resource planning with structural, social, economic, agricultural and regional development planning. Organised in seven work packages, aquadapt involves 13 academic and industrial partners from 7 countries. Specific actions undertaken within the aquadapt research programme include: (1) Development of a computer based tool to support strategic planning of water utilisation patterns at catchment level. (2) Analysis of the envelope of attitudinal, behavioural, and cultural factors which influence water utilisation by individuals and groups of individuals under conditions of increasing water stress. (3) Identification of the options for adapting water resource governance structures to changing demands stemming from more intensive water utilisation patterns. (4) Characterisation of the relationships between changing rainfall patterns, land use patterns, hydrological balances, agricultural potential, and environmental integrity. (5) Provision of historical and archaeological perspectives on the co-evolutionary relationships between human settlement and water availability in semi-arid environments. (6) Advancement of complimentary theories in the fields of knowledge representation, knowledge transfer, sustainability, landscape sensitivity, and policy development.

Related Publications: Gearey, M. (2003) Legitimacy and efficiency of water governance regimes; an emerging agenda to support policy tool development. IWA - 2nd International Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Urban Water Supply. 2-4 April 2003, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain González-Hidalgo, J.C.; De Luis, M.; Raventós, J.; Sánchez, J.R Vicente-Serrano, S.M.; González Hidalgo, J.C.; De Luis, M.; Cuadrat, J.Mª.; Raventós, J. (2003) Spatial and temporal patterns of Large-scale droughts between 1951 and 2000 in the Valencia region (east Spain). Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 5, 02606, 2003. Ed. European Geophysical Society. Niza (France). Lemon, M. (2003) The AQUADAPT project. MEDRAP (Mediterranean Regional Action Programme To Combat Desertification) workshop on Degradation and Protection of resources in the Northern Mediterranean: Social, economic and political aspects. Montpellier, 16-18th January 2003 Winder, N. (2003) Successes and problems when conducting interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary (= integrative) research. In Tress, B., Tress, G., van der Valk, A., & Fry, G. (eds) Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary landscape studies: Potential and limitations. Wageningen:Delta Series 2. 2003. p74-90 (ISBN 90 807637 1 3) Montginoul M, Rinaudo JD, Lunet de la Jonquiere Y, Garin P, Marchal JP and Burkhardt G (2003) Le développement des forages individuels : une conséquence de la hausse du prix de l'eau potable. HYDROTOP 2003,. 2 -4 April, Marseille, France. Rinaudo JD, Montginoul M, Garin P, Lunet de la Jonquiere Y . (2003) Simulating the impact of water pricing on households behaviour: the temptation of using untreated groundwater. IWA - 2nd International Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Urban Water Supply. 2-4 April 2003, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Jeffrey, P. & Gearey, M. (2002) Societal responses to water conservation policy instruments: a literature review and some comments on emerging theory. Proc. Annual meeting of the EPSRC WATERSAVE network. 11th December 2002, Loughborough University, UK Jeffrey, P. (2002) The AQUADAPT project. IWA Leading Edge Conference Series – Sustainability in the Water Sector. 25-26 November 2002, Venice, Italy Boyce, D. McIntosh, B.S. Hallett, S. Winder, N. Giraud, F. Courtois, N. Imeson, A. Rinaudo, J.D. Thomas, D. & Jeffrey, P. (2002) SCAPT- a support tool for utility-oriented strategic river basin planning. Proceedings of the at the Marie-Curie conference on ‘Science for Water Policy: the implications of the Water Framework Directive’. 2-4 September 2002, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK Kranjc, A. (2002) From Rock Desert to Forest - an Example from Kras. Royal Irish Academy conference on ‘Natural and Cultural Landscapes: The Geological Foundation’ 9 – 11 September 2002. Dublin Castle, Ireland Gearey, M. (2002) Legitimacy and policy tool development in the context of water stress’. Newcastle University seminar on ‘Water Governance’ University of Newcastle upon Tyne, December 16th 2002 González Hidalgo, J.C.; De Luis, M.; Štepánek, P.; Raventós, J.; Cuadrat, J.M. (2002) Reconstrucción, estabilidad y proceso de homogeneización de series de precipitación en ambientes de elevada variabilidad pluvial. En: Cuadrat,J.M.; Vicente,S.M.; Saz,M.A. (Eds.). Universidad de Zaragoza. La información climática como herramienta de gestión ambiental, 47-57. González Hidalgo, J.C.; Vicente, S.M.; De Luis, M.; Štepánek, P.; Cuadrat, J.M.; Raventós, J.; Sánchez, J.R. (2002) Reconstrucción de registros pluviales y creación de una base de datos mensuales en la vertiente mediterránea española. En: Guijarro Pastor, J.A.; Grimalt Gelabert, M.; Laita Ruiz de Asúa, M.; Alonso Oroza, S. (Eds.) Publicaciones de la Asociación Española de Climatología. Serie A, nº 3. El agua y el clima, 219-228. González Hidalgo, J.C.; Vicente, S.M.; De Luis, M.; Štepánek, P.; Cuadrat, J.M.; Raventós, J.; Sánchez, J.R. (2002) Variaciones estacionales de la precipitación en la costa Este peninsular durante la década de los años noventa. En: Guijarro Pastor, J.A.; Grimalt Gelabert, M.; Laita Ruiz de Asúa, M.; Alonso Oroza, S. (Eds.) Publicaciones de la Asociación Española de Climatología. Serie A, nº 3. El agua y el clima, 229-236 González Hidalgo, J.C.; Vicente-Serrano, S.M.; De Luis, M.; Raventós, J. (2002) Spatial distribution of NAO and Polar teleconnection patterns in the east of Iberian Peninsula: a climate ecotone Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 5, 01856, 2003. Ed. European Geophysical Society. Niza (Francia).


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