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Alp-Water-Scarce -Water Management Strategies against Water Scarcity in the Alps

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In the Alpine Space project Alp-Water-Scarce authorities, universities and research institutes from five countries collaborated to develop a Water Scarcity Early Warning System. Using 22 pilot sites, the socio-economic and cultural aspects of water use in agriculture, industry, tourism and domestic purposes are considered for the development of regional adaptation strategies. The findings in the pilot sites developed by the 16 consortium partners are put together in a GeoPortal, while recommendations on adaptation and mitigation strategies are placed in the final reports on the Alp-Water-Scarce website.


The Alp-Water-Scarce consortium worked in 22 different pilot sites in the central- and pre-alpine areas in order to explore certain management strategies against water scarcity. A“short guideline shows the different monitoring and modelling strategies and their synergies invented across the Alps. Different required and recommended hydro- climate measurements are discussed and the diverse datasets used in the pilot sites are outlined. The monitoring and modelling approaches of the natural water balance and its anthropogenic impacts are reviewed and discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of 10 hydrological models and their use in the pilot sites are outlined and recommendations for stakeholders and practitioners are proposed.As a result of the three-year-project actions, a summary on “Recommendations for Water Resources Managers and Policy-makers” has been formulated. The different pilot sites are visualized and the main challenges from society (drinking water supply), agriculture (irrigation), hydropower generation, and tourism are described. As a table summary, water scarcity concerns and their importance for drinking water supply, agriculture, hydropower generation, tourism, tunnel construction, and thermalism are described. Another table outlines the sources of drinking water and their importance for deep aquifers, springs, surface water or large rivers, surface waters or small torrents, shallow groundwater, and artificial lakes.To transfer the results, findings and experiences gained from the pilot sites a WebGIS platform has been developed.

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