TS4.5: Water and Global Changes

Convener: CWW Scientific Committee

Session Content:

Global water demand is increasing at approximately 1% per year. As a result, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Global change is a complex process; many interconnected factors can be regarded as either causes or consequences.

During the session, some of these factors will be discussed through presented papers. Climate change adaptation measures studies will be presented, along with flood management. The impact of urbanization on water resources management through development of new evaluation tools and indices will be presented in the session for water scare cities. Water structures such as Dams have impacts on river morphology and fluvial processes. During the session, several frameworks assessing river reactions downstream of dams, and these approaches may vary in their quantitative and qualitative predictions will be discussed.