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HS5.1

Assessment and management of water resources in the Mediterranean
Convener: Jan Friesen  | Co-Conveners: Ana Iglesias , Micha Werner , Ralf Ludwig 
Orals
 / Tue, 09 Apr, 08:30–10:00  / Room R11
Posters
 / Attendance Tue, 09 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Red Posters
The Circum-Mediterranean region is one of the regions most affected by global and climate change. Such changes include population growth; increased demands for food, water, and energy; as well as changing land use patterns and urbanization. At the same time water resources are predicted to decrease by up to 50% within the next 100 years. Especially, in terms of hydrology this region is characterized by very complex hydrological systems that often exhibit extreme behavior. Commonly used models and analysis techniques often do not represent these processes, or at best they are seldom tested for adequacy and robustness. The complexity of the water cycle contrasts strongly with the poor data availability, which limits the number of analysis techniques and methods available to researchers.

This session seeks contributions on recent advances in science as well as in practical application, including:
- the development, analysis, and application of new data collection techniques, such as environmental sensor networks, satellite imagery and participatory data collection methods, but also human capacity development;
- new understanding of hydrological processes that are characteristic for the Mediterranean, such as large scale droughts and other extremes;
- benefits, experiences and challenges in drought monitoring and the use of drought forecasts in warning;
- drought adaptation strategies to improve natural resources management and/or increase harvest & food security.