01.05.2000 01.12.2012
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Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle - GLOWA

One of the greatest challenges of our time is to secure an adequate amount of qualitatively good water for people around the world. Research on sustainable water-management can help to meet this challenge by e.g. providing and validating alternative courses of action.

The aim of research into the global hydrological cycle was to develop integrated strategies for sustainable, forward-looking management of water and watercourses at the regional level.

Scientifically-founded proposals were being drawn up to safeguard

  • the availability,
  • the quality and
  • the sharing

of water as a resource.

Global ecosystemic interdependencies and underlying socio-economic conditions were being taken into account.

The strategies were being worked out in close collaboration with the actual users in order to ensure that they were executed in the best possible manner.

Case studies gave priority to examining the complex issues of

  • climate variability/variability of precipitation,
  • the impacts of the interaction between biosphere/land use on water management and
  • water availability and conflicting water uses.

In geographic terms, the GLOWA projects focused on Germany, Africa and the Middle East region. The German and the African projects ended in 2010/early 2011, the GLOWA Jordan River in 2012.

In the period 2000-2012, the BMBF was making around 75 million euros available in all to this research area.
On behalf of the BMBF the organisational unit Environment, Culture, Sustainability in the German Aerospace Center Project Management Agency (DLR-PT) attended functionally and administrative to the funding measure GLOWA.

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