Interdisciplinary assessment of sea-level rise and climate change impacts on the lower Nile delta, Egypt

Sušnik, Janez, Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Lydia S., Baumert, Niklas, Kloos, Julia, Renaud, Fabrice G., La Jeunesse, Isabelle, Mabrouk, Badr, Savić , Dragan A., Kapelan, Zoran, Ludwig, Ralf, Fischer, Georg, Roson, Roberto and Zografos, Christos, (2015). Interdisciplinary assessment of sea-level rise and climate change impacts on the lower Nile delta, Egypt. Science of the Total Environment, 503-504 279-288

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    Author Sušnik, Janez
    Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Lydia S.
    Baumert, Niklas
    Kloos, Julia
    Renaud, Fabrice G.
    La Jeunesse, Isabelle
    Mabrouk, Badr
    Savić , Dragan A.
    Kapelan, Zoran
    Ludwig, Ralf
    Fischer, Georg
    Roson, Roberto
    Zografos, Christos
    Title Interdisciplinary assessment of sea-level rise and climate change impacts on the lower Nile delta, Egypt
    Appearing in Science of the Total Environment
    Volume 503-504
    Publication Date 2015-01-15
    Place of Publication Philadelphia
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 279
    End page 288
    Language eng
    Abstract CLImate-induced changes on WAter and SECurity (CLIWASEC) was a cluster of three complementary EC-FP7 projects assessing climate-change impacts throughout the Mediterranean on: hydrological cycles (CLIMB — CLimate-Induced changes on the hydrology of Mediterranean Basins); water security (WASSERMed — Water Availability and Security in Southern EuRope and the Mediterranean) and human security connected with possible hydro-climatic conflicts (CLICO — CLImate change hydro-COnflicts and human security). The Nile delta case study was common between the projects. CLIWASEC created an integrated forum for modelling and monitoring to understand potential impacts across sectors. This paper summarises key results from an integrated assessment of potential challenges to water-related security issues, focusing on expected sea-level rise impacts by the middle of the century. We use this common focus to illustrate the added value of project clustering. CLIWASEC pursued multidisciplinary research by adopting a single research objective: sea-level rise related water security threats, resulting in a more holistic view of problems and potential solutions. In fragmenting research, policy-makers can fail to understand how multiple issues can materialize from one driver. By combining efforts, an integrated assessment of water security threats in the lower Nile is formulated, offering policy-makers a clearer picture of inter-related issues to society and environment. The main issues identified by each project (land subsidence, saline intrusion — CLIMB; water supply overexploitation, land loss — WASSERMed; employment and housing security — CLICO), are in fact related. Water overexploitation is exacerbating land subsidence and saline intrusion, impacting on employment and placing additional pressure on remaining agricultural land and the underdeveloped housing market. All these have wider implications for regional development. This richer understanding could be critical in making better policy decisions when attempting to mitigate climate and social change impacts. The CLIWASEC clustering offers an encouraging path for the new European Commission Horizon 2020 programme to follow.
    Keyword Climate change impacts
    Interdisciplinary research
    Nile delta
    Water resources
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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