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    Combining SWICCA’s climate change indicators with local data to provide state-of-the-art, climate change impact analysis and support adaptation for the water sector

Combining SWICCA’s climate change indicators with local data to provide state-of-the-art, climate change impact analysis and support adaptation for the water sector

SWICCA

Challenge

Earth observations and advanced related services produce a plethora of environmental and climate data. COPERNICUS is the European Union’s earth observation programme and through the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), it will provide valuable information to support a series of sectors, water management amongst them, under a changing future. SWICCA, a COPERNICUS’ Sectoral Information System project, aims at bringing the scientific, climate-impact knowledge to the water managers and policy makers.

Approach

With combined analysis of local data with easily accessible climate change indicators, which are provided through the SWICCA tools, we improve our climate change impact analysis capabilities and support different sectors to implement adaptation to local climate change, related to water management issues. We demonstrate, through two, real-world examples: (a) an industry group interested in assessing the adequacy of currently used water resources and the need to invest on more effective influent and effluent treatment facilities, due to climate change impact, and (b) a public authority interested in evaluating the efficacy, under climate change pressures, of environmental regulatory measures imposed on local industry.

Impact

SWICCA indicators provide us the core data and tools to evaluate climate change impact on different, water-related issues.

climate adaptation strategy: We provide guidance to an industry group in order to assess possible financial implementations due to climate change and build a corporate climate adaptation strategy against water supply chain related and downstream operations risks.

better informed policy implementation: We support a policy making authority to evaluate environmental policy concerning a financially significant and environmentally sensitive area, under climate change conditions.

The SWICCA project is run by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)

Related Services

Water Resources Management

Water Resources Management

The scope of the activity is Environmental Management with emphasis on aspects of water resources management related to the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other National and European legislation relevant to, among others, potable water, bathing waters, surface waters intended for potable water supply, quality of ground waters and nitrate related pollution, urban wastewater treatment, effluent and sludge reuse and protected areas. In the context of these activities suitable mathematical models and GIS applications are widely employed in order to identify driving forces, pressures and pollution loads at a river basin level and to estimate anticipated impacts on surface, transitional and coastal water bodies as well as groundwater aquifers.

Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

Our expert field teams provide tailored environmental monitoring services for both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems including site investigation, design and implementation of comprehensive environmental management plans and protocols, sampling and analysis, monitoring, remote sensing applications to complement on-the-ground data collection, interpretation and consultancy. EMVIS’ monitoring services can assess the effectiveness of control measures, demonstrate compliance with legislation, or may be a requirement of an Environmental Permit.

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Challenge

The Asopos River Basin is located at the centre of Greece, at the River Basin District of Eastern Sterea Ellada, has an area of approximately 1100 km2. It experiences significant pollution problems that threaten both surface and groundwater bodies.

SWICCA

SWICCA

Challenge

Earth observations and advanced related services produce a plethora of environmental and climate data. COPERNICUS is the European Union’s earth observation programme and through the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), it will provide valuable information to support a series of sectors, water management amongst them, under a changing future.

Tools

wPRISMA

wPRISMA

wPRISMA is an interactive web map application that provides information about water quality of surface water bodies. Its main objective is to identify areas or water bodies that experience significant pressures from diffuse and point sources of pollution.

wPOLIS

wPOLIS

wPOLIS is an interactive web map tool for calculating the temporal and spatial variation of Emission Limit Values for specified pollutants in a River Basin and also for defining exclusion zones where installation of new facilities is restricted due to water quality or other environmental criteria.

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