AquaMount – Multi-risk of water scarcity in mountain regions

  • Project duration: February 2021 - August 2022
  • Project status:
    Approval by the group leader for the Scientific Committee

The AquaMount project is financed by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-Bozen (Bando di concorso mobilità di ricercatrici e ricercatori 2020) supporting scientific collaboration between the Institute for Earth Observation of Eurac Research and the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn (Germany).

The project main objective is to improve decision-making processes for current water management and future adaptation within the context of changing climate- and socio-economic conditions of water scarcity. This objective involves the assessment of future conditions of unbalanced water availability vs water demand and the related cross-sectoral impacts.

The project builds upon the knowledge developed during the PhD to advance competences on statistical learning and System Dynamics Modelling combining different methodologies, such as hydrological model outputs, machine learning techniques and participatory social-science approaches to characterize local water availability and demand at catchment and sub-catchment levels.

Mountain case studies of Trentino-Alto Adige and the Maloti-Drakensberg area in Lesotho-South Africa will be considered allowing comparative studies and a better comprehension of the biophysical and socio-economic factors driving water scarcity in different mountain contexts for climate change adaptation. Finally, the project aims to support cross-fertilisation and synergies between the two case studies and research institutes for knowledge transfer and mutual improvements on risk assessments and climate change adaptation.

Wipptal South Pilot Action Region Gravity-Driven Natural Hazards and Forest Types
Hintner C, Terzi S and Steger S (2021)
Contribution in book
Best Practice Examples of Ecosystem-Based Risk Management Implementation in the GR4A Pilot Action Regions

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An inventory of Alpine drought impact reports to explore past droughts in a mountain region
Stephan R, Erfurt M, Terzi S, Žun M, Kristan B, Haslinger K, Stahl K (2021)
Copernicus GmbH
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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

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