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Project Integrated Project to Evaluate the Impacts of Global Change on European

Freshwater ecosystems, under stress from land-use change and pollution, face additional pressures from climate change, directly and
through interaction with other drivers of change. Euro-limpacs is concerned with the science required to understand and manage the
ecological consequences of these interactions. It is relevant to the Water Framework Directive and other international directives and
protocols and supports the EU's Charter on Sustainable Development. The Project comprises a consortium of leading scientists to
integrate river, lake and wetland ecosystem science at the catchment scale.

Project number 505540
Geographical coverage United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece
Budget (in €) 19154659
Programme INCO MED (FP6)
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Objectives - It focuses on the key drivers of aquatic ecosystem change (land-use, nutrients, acid deposition and toxic substances) and examines their interactions with global, especially climate, change using time-series analysis, space-for-time substitution, palaeolimnology, experiments and process modelling. It considers these interactions at 3 critical time-scales: (I) hours/days, concerned with changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme events; (ii) seasons, concerned with changes in ecosystem function and life-cycle strategies of freshwater biota; (iii) years/decades, concerned with ecological response to environmental pressure, including stress reduction and ecosystem recovery. An innovative toolkit for integrated catchment analysis and
modelling will be developed to simulate hydrological, hydrochemical and ecological processes at the catchment scale for use in assessing
the potential impact of global change under different climate and socio-economic scenarios.
A unified system of ecological indicators for monitoring freshwater ecosystem health, and new methods for defining reference conditions and restoration strategies will be developed.These will take into account the probable impacts of future climate change and the need for a holistic approach to restoration based on habitat connectivity.
Period [01/02/2004 - 01/02/2009]


    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country United Kingdom
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    Contact Dr Patrick Simon,
    Position: General coordinator of the project
    Phone/fax: +44 (0)20 7679 2000,

Funding sources

  • European commission
    Source EC INCO MED
    Programme INCO MED
    Funding rate 66