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Lakes and climate change – impacts, vulnerability, risk assessment and adaptation strategies
Convener: Gerhard Soja 
 / Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–12:00  / Room R6
 / Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Red Posters

Lakes play an important role as freshwater reserves, ecosystems, tourism magnets and economic factors. This multifunctional role leads to conflicting interests of different stakeholders and requires careful governance measures to avoid hydrological and environmental deterioration. This task is becoming even more challenging if lakes experience both anthropogenic pressures and the effects of climate change.
This session addresses limnologists, hydrologists, biologists, agronomists, climatologists, water resources engineers and managers, landscape planners and regional developers who are united by the interest in sustainable use and conservation of lakes and the surrounding regions, interacting with lakes. Topics of the session will include
• Physico-chemical and biological responses of lakes, lake ecosystems, organism communities and populations to changes of climate parameters and trophic status
• Hydrological and lake ecosystem responses as adaptations to climate change
• Risk assessment of climate change-induced modifications to the lake ecosystems and the multi-purpose functionality of lakes
• Management options to decrease vulnerability of lakes and lake regions to climate change and to mitigate anthropogenic or climate change impacts to lake ecosystems
• Remote sensing technologies to track climate changes in lakes
Co-sponsored by the Central Europe Programme of the European Union ( and ), this session welcomes contributions dealing with monitoring, remote sensing, palaeolimnological, experimental and modeling studies of the hydrological and environmental situation of lakes and lake regions under past, current and future climate scenarios.