Denmark, Aarhus

Climate changes and adaptations in the management of catchments and fresh waters

when 8 August 2011 - 19 August 2011
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

The anthropogenic climate changes are becoming more and more evident in the form of more extreme weather conditions influencing catchments and freshwaters, resulting in higher water temperatures, more water and floodings, increased nutrient leaching and transport, eutrophication of lakes with more frequent toxic algae blooms and threat of extinction of important indicator cold water species. Knowledge of climate and its impact on the freshwater ecosystem and the ability and skills to model and describe possible changes are a prerequisite for understanding and combining complex relationships between catchments and freshwater ecosystems. Furthermore, theoretical knowledge of the effect of various adaptation strategies is important to analyse the ability of society to counteract undesired effects. Course offered by the National Environmental Research Institute, AU.

Course leader

Brian Kronvang, Aarhus University

Target group

The participants must have knowledge of catchments and freshwater ecosystems, for instance via the courses aquatic ecology, agro-ecological analysis and management at regional scale or the impacts of agriculture on wetlands.

Course aim

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

- To theorise on the impacts on freshwater ecosystems by climate changes.

- To discuss and analyse prognoses from the Global Climate Models for climate changes.

- To analyse and downscale climate data for local use in catchments.

- To analyse statistical trends in long time series of data on freshwater ecosystems.

- To analyse catchment effects and effects on freshwaters induced by climate changes using different tools of analysis such as empirical models, NAM, SWAT and lake models.

- To theorise and discuss potential adaptation strategies at various scales.

- To sum up the results from the theoretical and practical experiments in a final report.

Fee info

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