Session 5

Water is the key factor for sustaining natural and agricultural ecosystems. Food, feed and biomass production for energy consumption (e.g. bio-based economy) are controlled by its availability. The water cycle is strongly affected by climate and land use change but the extent and impact on ecosystems services and functioning are only roughly known. Hydrological extremes, such as floods and droughts, are expected to increase which may lead to severe economic, societal and ecological impacts. This session solicits contributions outlining the impacts of climate and global change, and exploring mitigation strategies for increasing hydrologic resilience in regions of high vulnerability .

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Conveners: Salvatore Manfreda, Marc Voltz

Water is the key factor for sustaining natural and agricultural ecosystems. Food, feed and biomass production for energy consumption (e.g. bio-based economy) are controlled by its availability. The water cycle is strongly affected by climate and land use change but the extent and impact on ecosystems services and functioning are only roughly known. Hydrological extremes, such as floods and droughts, are expected to increase which may lead to severe economic, societal and ecological impacts. This session solicits contributions outlining the impacts of climate and global change, and exploring mitigation strategies for increasing hydrologic resilience in regions of high vulnerability .