|VITAQUA: Climate change: an additional threat to aquatic systems under intensive pressure from agricultural diffuse pollution|
Nelson J C Abrantes
Programme - PTDC/AAC-AMB/112438/2009
Execution dates - 2011-04-01 - 2014-09-30 (42 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Funding for CESAM - 162369 €
Total Funding - 162369 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
The main challenge of the VITAQUA project will be to study the impacts of climate change on hydrological processes, agricultural pollution, ecosystem functioning, and ecological status of water bodies that are located nearby intensive agricultural areas. Moreover, it is also an objective of the project to study and propose adaptation measures which conform to the WFD while taking climate change into account.
Therefore, a tiered design was planed in order to reach the major goals of the project:
The project will focus on a pilot basin (Cértima catchment), which corresponds to an important viticulture region in the Portuguese context - Bairrada.VITAQUA project includes a multidisciplinary research team with competences on hydrological, climatological, chemical, ecological and ecotoxicological subjects, allowing a solid combination of distinct tools, which results in a holistic overview. The results of this project will help to cover a lack of information regarding the implications of the climate change on aquatic resources impacted by agricultural diffuse pollution contributing therefore for an effective environmental management strategy to secure resource sustainability and help in the formulation of agricultural best practice' decisions.
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