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Understanding the implications of climate change on the quality condition of water environment in the UK - WT1540

Description
This project will carry out a review of existing knowledge on potential climate change impacts on water quality, followed by a concept study to better understand where and when the most significant risks to the water environment and users might manifest themselves.

The project will assess the information available on the potential implications of climate change for the water environment in terms directly relevant to Defra and the Defra family of agencies involved in water management. Previous assessments of the implications of climate change on the water environment in the UK have focused on individual indicators or pollutants, and results have not been expressed in terms directly relevant to Defra policymakers.

The first phase of this project is a systematic search of the published and refereed literature on climate change and the water environment relevant to England. The Phase A report will present summarised information from the literature and where feasible, the information will be synthesised and tabulated, in order to highlight the main conclusions and risks.

The second phase of the project builds on the outcomes of Phase A to develop and test a proposal to undertake further research into the potential implications of climate change for the water environment in the UK, with a specific remit to address directly policy issues.

Objective
To carry out a review of existing knowledge on potential climate change impacts on water quality (WQ), followed by a concept study to better understand where and when the most significant risks to the water environment and users might manifest themselves. .
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WT1540 Consequences of CC for the water environment in England FINAL   (1895k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £50,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Reading
Keywords
Water