Euro-limpacs was an EU funded Framework 6 project concerned with the effects of climate change on freshwater systems (rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands). In particular the Project sought to understand the effects on these vulnerable ecosystems of the interactions between changing climate and other potentially damaging processes caused by changes in the physical characteristics of rivers, nutrient pollution, acidification and the deposition of toxic metals and organic pollutants.

Euro-limpacs examined how these multiple effects impact on efforts to manage freshwater ecosystems, in particular the implication for meeting the requirements of legislation such as the Water Framework Directive and Habitats Directive. The Project finished in January 2009 after 5 years. REFRESH builds on the improved scientific understanding generated in Euro-limpacs to enable the successful implementation of adaptation strategies to combat the deleterious effects of climate change on freshwater ecosystems.