REFRESH Open meeting at University College London, November 6th and 7th: Day 1

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Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE - from 11.00am


Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise until at least the middle of this century. Climate modelling studies suggest that even if emissions were stabilised at present levels future climate change is inevitable. These changes are likely to have significant effects on freshwater ecosystems and therefore the way they are managed. The EU Framework 7 project REFRESH (Adaptive strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change on European Freshwater ecosystems - addresses the question 'How can the way we manage our freshwater ecosystems today be adapted so that the effects of future global changes (e.g. climate, land use) can be anticipated and incorporated into management strategies to protect our water resources and conserve freshwater biology?'

REFRESH has two main goals. The first is to increase our understanding of how freshwater ecosystems will respond to the environmental changes driven, for example by climate and land use over the next 50-60 years. The second goal is to translate this knowledge into a form that can be used by water managers.


Global Change impacts on streams. Piet Verdonschot (Alterra - Wageningen University and Research Centre, Germany)

Effects of climate-driven changes in temperature regimes on the structure and functioning of river ecosystems, and on changes in river biodiversity. Esben Kristensen (Aarhus University)

Effects of climate-driven low flows and droughts on structure and functioning of river ecosystems, and on changes in river biodiversity. Isabel Pardo (University of Vigo)

Global Change impacts on lakes. Erik Jeppesen (Aarhus University)

Ensemble (multi-)modelling study of phytoplankton dynamics in a temperate lowland lake in Denmark (Lake Engelsholm). Dennis Trolle (Aarhus University)

Results of pan European lake experiment - focus on temperature, salinity / water level, nutrients or some combination - nutrient - temperature interactions? Meryem Beklioglu (Middle Eastern Technical University)

Global Change impacts on riparian wetlands. Merel Soons (University of Utrecht)

The effects of warming, flooding and summer drought on riparian zones. Speaker tbc

Ecological classification of freshwater species: status, applications and perspectives. Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (BOKU)

Integrated catchment biophysical modelling - predicting ecosystem response to future change - Andy Wade (Reading University)

Integrated modelling of river-lake systems to assess the ecological response to projected environmental change: Lake Pyhäjärvi and River Yläneenjoki catchments, Finland. Ahti Lepisto (SYKE-The Finnish Environment Institute)

Bayesian based conceptual model for macroinvertebrate diversity in lowland streams Richard Skeffington (Reading University)

A transdisciplinary approach to cost-effectiveness and disproportionality in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive Julia Martin-Ortega (The James Hutton Institute)

REFRESH Case Study 1 - Improving water quality in the Vansjø-Hobøl (Morsa) catchment , Norway. Eva Skarbøvik (BIOFORSK)

REFRESH Case study 2 - Measures to improve environmental conditions in the Louros catchment, Greece. Dimitris Skuras (University of Patras)