Cliwat

Cliwat  Cliwat_2  
Contractor:
The Province of Friesland
Location:
Northern Dutch coast
Period of execution:
2010 - 2011

CLIWAT- Adaptive and sustainable water management and protection of society and nature in an extreme climate.

The CLIWAT project will apply groundwater and integrated hydrological models for assessment of the hydrological impacts of different climate scenarios with focus on water table fluctuations, river discharge, delineation of flood risk areas and saltwater intrusion. The hydrological scenario simulations will be based on output from existing climate models and geological and geophysical measurements and modelling of the subsurface partly conducted in the project. The results from the project will be used to predict how future climate change will affect water
quantity and quality, and hence societies and ecosystems in lowlands around the North Sea.

CLIWAT will provide the needed data for development of adaptive measures and new standards for e.g. engineering of drainage and sewer systems, dikes, roads and buildings, and for quantitative and chemical status assessments of groundwater and the aquatic environment according to EU directives.

The CLIWAT project will initiate important transboundary cooperation and evaluation of the effect of different climate scenarios in the EU North Sea region and establish predictive modelling tools for future simulations. The project website is intended to provide easy access to simulation results in the form of maps and visualisations facilitating cooperation and with the aim of increasing the the public awareness and understanding about climate change
effects.

Partners:

- Region Midtjylland (coordinator, Public regional authority - Denmark)
- LIAG (Public cooperation -Germany)
- Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland / GEUS (Governmental research organisation -Denmark)
- Region Syddanmark (Public regional authority - Denmark)
- LANU (National authority - Germany)
- Geological Survey of the Netherlands / Deltares (Governmental research organisation - Netherlands)
- Environment Centre Århus (Public regional authority - Denmark)
- Environment Centre Ribe (Public regional authority - Denmark)
- Aarhus University (University - Denmark)

Objectives:

- To develop and apply groundwater and integrated hydrological and geological/geophysical models for adaptive and 
  sustainable water management in an extreme climate.
- To assess the hydrological impacts of different climate scenarios with focus on water table fluctuations, river
  discharge, delineation of flood risk areas and saltwater intrusion by use of the developed models.