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Down scaling of climate change scenarii to river basin level : A transdisciplinary methodology applied to Evrotas river basin, Greece
Ker Rault, Philippe A. ; Koundouri, Phoebe ; Akinsete, Ebun ; Ludwig, Ralf ; Huber-Garcia, Verena ; Tsani, Stella ; Acuna, Vicenc ; Kalogianni, Eleni ; Luttik, Joke ; Kok, Kasper ; Skoulikidis, Nikolaos ; Froebrick, Jochen - \ 2019
Science of the Total Environment 660 (2019). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 1623 - 1632.
Climate-change - Ecosystem-services - Land-use - Transdisciplinary - Water management

The Mediterranean region is anticipated to be (or, already is) one of the hot spots for climate change, where freshwater ecosystems are under threat from the effects of multiple stressors. Climate change is impacting natural resources and on the functioning of Ecosystem Services. The challenges about modelling climate change impact on water cycle in general and specifically on socio-economic dynamics of the society leads to an exponential amount of results that restrain interpretation and added value of forecasting at local level. One of the main challenges when dealing with climate change projections is the quantification of uncertainties. Modellers might have limited information or understanding from local river catchment management practices and from other disciplines with relevant insights on socio-economic and environmental complex relationship between biosphere and human based activities. Current General Circulation Models cannot fulfil the requirements of high spatial detail required for water management policy. This article reports an innovative transdisciplinary methodology to down scale Climate Change scenarii to river basin level with a special focus on the development of climate change narrative under SSP5-RCP8.5 combination called Myopic scenario and SSP1-RCP4.5 combination called Sustainable scenario. Local Stakeholder participative workshop in the Evrotas river basin provide perception of expected changes on water demand under to two developed scenario narratives.

Set of Methods to Assess SI Implications at Different Levels
Secco, Laura ; Pisani, Elena ; Burlando, Catie ; Re, Riccardo Da; Gatto, Paola ; Pettenella, Davide ; Vassilopoulos, Achilleas ; Akinsete, Ebun ; Koundouri, Phoebe ; Lopolito, Antonio ; Prosperi, Maurizio ; Tuomasiukka, Diana ; Herde, Micheal Den; Lovric, Marko ; Polman, N.B.P. ; Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.W.C. ; Soma, K. ; Ludvig, Alice ; Weiss, Gerhard ; Zivojinovic, Ivana ; Sarkki, Simo ; Ravazzoli, Elisa ; Torre, Cristina Dalla; Streifeneder, Thomas ; Slee, Bill ; Nijnik, Maria ; Miller, David ; Barlagne, Carla ; Prokofieva, Irina - \ 2017
SIMRA - 203 p.
Socio-enonomic Analysis of a Selected Multi-use Offshore Site in the North Sea
Söderqvist, Tore ; Bas, Bilge ; Bel, Mark de; Boon, Arjen ; Elginoz, Nilay ; Garcao, Rita ; Giannakis, Elias ; Giannouli, Amerissa ; Koundouri, Phoebe ; Moussoulides, Aris ; Norrman, Jenny ; Rosén, Lars ; Schouten, Jan-Joost ; Stuiver, Marian ; Tsani, Stella ; Xepapedeas, Petros - \ 2017
In: The Ocean of Tomorrow / Koundouri, Phoebe, Cham, Switzerland : Springer - ISBN 9783319557700 - p. 43 - 67.
A 600 MW offshore wind farm is under construction in the Netherlands Exclusive Economic Zone at a site called Gemini situated 55 km north of the Wadden Sea island of Schiermonnikoog and 85 km from the nearest Dutch port of Eemshaven. This chapter investigates the option of introducing a multi-use design for the Gemini site by adding mussel cultivation (48 kt wet weight per year) and seaweed cultivation (480 kt wet weight per year) to the wind farm. An institutional analysis indicates a political will in the Netherlands to support the development of adding uses to offshore wind farms, but a number of implementation obstacles are also identified. Those obstacles include an absence of licences for multi-use production and legal restrictions against third-party access to wind farms. There is therefore a need for a regulatory framework for multi-use and trust-building among actors involved in multi-use installations. A financial and economic assessment, and a cost-benefit analysis also taking into account monetized changes in CO2 emissions, indicate that adding mussel cultivation to the wind farm is likely to be both financially and socio-economically viable. Including a seaweed cultivation function is probably not financially and socio-economically viable under current technical and economic conditions. Knowledge gaps and uncertainties in these assessments with respect to, for example, missing site-specific data and non-monetized externalities suggest further research, also including pilot cultivations of mussels and seaweed in planned single-use or multi-use installations.
Introduction of the MERMAID Project
Koundouri, Phoebe ; Airoldi, Laura ; Boon, Arjen ; Giannouli, Amerissa ; Levantis, Eleftherios ; Moussoulides, Aris ; Stuiver, M. ; Tsani, Stella - \ 2017
In: The Ocean of Tomorrow / Koundouri, Phoebe, Cham, Switzerland : Springer (Environment & Policy ) - ISBN 9783319557700 - p. 1 - 8.
This chapter provides an introduction to the MERMAID project. MERMAID focused on developing concepts for offshore platforms which can be used for multiple purposes, such as energy and aquaculture production. These concepts were developed with input from experts as well as societal stakeholders. MERMAID consortium comprised of 28 partner institutes, including Universities, Research institutes, Industries and Small and Medium Enterprises from several EU countries. Consortium members brought a range of expertise in hydraulics, wind engineering, aquaculture, renewable energy, marine environment, project management, as well as socioeconomics and governance. Within the scope of MERMAID it has been developed and applied an Integrated Socio-Economic Assessment of the sustainability of Multi-Use Offshore Platforms, using the results from the natural and engineering sciences as inputs, boundaries and constraints to the analysis.
Methodology for Integrated Socio-economic Assessment of Multi-use Offshore Platforms
Koundouri, Phoebe ; Dávila, Osiel G. ; Stithou, Mavra ; Babalos, Vasilis ; Xepapadeas, Anastasios ; Anastasiou, Ioannis ; Antypas, Antonis ; Kourogenis, Nikolaos ; Mousoulides, Aris ; Mousoulides, Marianna ; Zanuttigh, Barbara ; Zagonari, Fabio ; Lange, Manfred A. ; Jimenez, Carlos ; Rosén, Lars ; Lindhe, Andreas ; Norrman, Jenny ; Söderqvist, Tore ; Troianos, Dimitris ; Frentzos, Athanasios ; Krontira, Yukiko ; Diaz Simal, Pedro ; Guanche, Raul ; Bel, Mark de; He, Wei ; Kabdasali, Sedat ; Elginoz, Nilay ; Bagci, Taylan ; Bas, Bilge ; Cantu, Matteo ; Masotti, Matteo ; Suffredini, Roberto ; Stuiver, M. ; Giannakis, Elias ; Tsani, Stella - \ 2017
In: The Ocean of Tomorrow / Koundouri, Phoebe, Cham, Switzerland : Springer (Environment & Policy 56) - ISBN 9783319557700 - p. 11 - 26.
This chapter presents the methodology employed for the Integrated Socio-Economic Assessment (MISEA) of different designs of Multi-Use Offshore Platforms (MUOPs). The methodology allows for the identification, the valuation and the assessment of the potential impacts and their magnitude. The analysis considers a number of feasible designs of MUOP investments, and the likely responses of those impacted by the investment project. The approach provides decision-makers with a valuable tool to assess whether a MUOP project increases the overall social welfare and hence should be undertaken. This is performed under alternative specifications regarding platform design, the discount rate and the stream of net benefits, if a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is to be followed or a sensitivity analysis of selected criteria in a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) framework. The methodology can support the implementation of policies aiming at achieving a good environmental status of the EU’s marine waters and the protection of the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.
The Governance of Multi-Use Platforms at Sea for Energy Production and Aquaculture: Challenges for Policy Makers in European Seas
Stuiver, Marian ; Soma, Katrine ; Koundouri, Phoebe ; Burg, Sander Van Den; Gerritsen, Alwin ; Rockmann, C. - \ 2016
Sustainability 8 (2016)4. - ISSN 2071-1050
European seas are encountering an upsurge in competing marine activities and infrastructures. Traditional exploitation such as fisheries, tourism, transportation, and oil production are accompanied by new sustainable economic activities such as offshore windfarms, aquaculture, and tidal and wave energy. One proposed solution to overcome possible competing claims at sea lies in combining these economic activities as part of Multi-Use Platforms at Sea (MUPS). MUPS can be understood as areas at sea, designated for a combination of activities, either completely integrated in a platform or in shared marine space. MUPS can potentially benefit from each other in terms of infrastructure, maintenance, etc. Developing MUPS in the marine environment demands adequate governance. In this article, we investigate four European sites to find out how governance arrangements may facilitate or complicate MUPs. In particular, we apply a framework specifying policy, economic, social, technical, environmental, and legal (PESTEL) factors to explore governance arrangements in four case study sites in different sea basins around Europe (the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, and the Baltic Sea). The article concludes with policy recommendations on a governance regime for facilitating the development of MUPS in the future.
Development of an integrated methodology for the sustainable environmental and socio-economic management of river ecosystems
Koundouri, P. ; Ker Rault, P.A. ; Pergamalis, V. ; Skianis, V. ; Souliotis, I. - \ 2016
Science of the Total Environment 540 (2016)5th sp. issue. - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 90 - 100.
The development of the Water Framework Directive aimed to establish an integrated framework of water management at European level. This framework revolves around inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and ground waters. In the process of achieving the environment and ecological objectives set from the Directive, the role of economics is put in the core of the water management. An important feature of the Directive is the recovery of total economic cost of water services by all users. The total cost of water services can be disaggregated into environmental, financial and resource costs. Another important aspect of the directive is the identification of major drivers and pressures in each River Basin District. We describe a methodology that is aiming to achieve sustainable and environmental and socioeconomic management of freshwater ecosystem services. The Ecosystem Services Approach is in the core of the suggested methodology for the implementation of a more sustainable and efficient water management. This approach consists of the following three steps: (i) socio-economic characterization of the River Basin area, (ii) assessment of the current recovery of water use cost, and (iii) identification and suggestion of appropriate programs of measures for sustainable water management over space and time. This methodology is consistent with a) the economic principles adopted explicitly by the Water Framework Directive (WFD), b) the three-step WFD implementation approach adopted in the WATECO document, c) the Ecosystem Services Approach to valuing freshwater goods and services to humans. Furthermore, we analyze how the effects of multiple stressors and socio-economic development can be quantified in the context of freshwater resources management. We also attempt to estimate the value of four ecosystem services using the benefit transfer approach for the Anglian River Basin, which showed the significance of such services.
Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity
Navarro-Ortega, A. ; Acuña, V. ; Bellin, A. ; Burek, P. ; Cassiani, G. ; Choukr-Allah, R. ; Dolédec, S. ; Elosegi, A. ; Ferrari, F. ; Ginebreda, A. ; Grathwohl, P. ; Jones, C. ; Ker Rault, P.A. ; Kok, K. ; Koundouri, P. ; Ludwig, R.P. ; Merz, R. ; Milacic, R. - \ 2015
Science of the Total Environment 503-504 (2015). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 3 - 9.
climate-change - fresh-water - mediterranean rivers - southern europe - management - scenarios - quality - systems
Water scarcity is a serious environmental problem in many European regions, and will likely increase in the near future as a consequence of increased abstraction and climate change. Water scarcity exacerbates the effects of multiple stressors, and thus results in decreased water quality. It impacts river ecosystems, threatens the services they provide, and it will force managers and policy-makers to change their current practices. The EU-FP7 project GLOBAQUA aims at identifying the prevalence, interaction and linkages between stressors, and to assess their effects on the chemical and ecological status of freshwater ecosystems in order to improve water management practice and policies. GLOBAQUA assembles a multidisciplinary team of 21 European plus 2 non-European scientific institutions, as well as water authorities and river basin managers. The project includes experts in hydrology, chemistry, biology, geomorphology, modelling, socio-economics, governance science, knowledge brokerage, and policy advocacy. GLOBAQUA studies six river basins (Ebro, Adige, Sava, Evrotas, Anglian and Souss Massa) affected by water scarcity, and aims to answer the following questions: how does water scarcity interact with other existing stressors in the study river basins? How will these interactions change according to the different scenarios of future global change? Which will be the foreseeable consequences for river ecosystems? How will these in turn affect the services the ecosystems provide? How should management and policies be adapted to minimise the ecological, economic and societal consequences? These questions will be approached by combining data-mining, field- and laboratory-based research, and modelling. Here, we outline the general structure of the project and the activities to be conducted within the fourteen work-packages of GLOBAQUA.
Innovative Multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, design and operation
Koundouri, P. ; Babalos, V. ; Stuiver, M. ; Burg, S.W.K. van den; Zanuttigh, B. ; Losada, I. - \ 2012
Brussels : MERMAIDproject (Theme [OCEAN.2011-1] ) - 120 p.
Mermaid, Innovative Multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, design and operation
Koundouri, P. ; Babalos, V. ; Anastasiou, Y. ; Stuiver, M. ; Fontein, R.J. - \ 2012
Brussel, Belgium : Seventh Framework Programme (Grant Agreement 288710) - 120 p.
Groundwater Dependent ecosystems. Part II. Ecosystems services and management in Europe under risk of climate change and land use intensification
Klove, B. ; Allan, A.C. ; Bertrand, G. ; Druzynska, E. ; Ertürk, A. ; Goldscheider, N. ; Henry, S. ; Karakaya, N. ; Karjalainen, T.P. ; Koundouri, P. ; Kupfersberger, K. ; Kvoerener, J. ; Lundberg, A. ; Muotka, T. ; Preda, E. ; Velázquez, M.P. ; Schipper, P.N.M. - \ 2011
Environmental Science & Policy 14 (2011)7. - ISSN 1462-9011 - p. 782 - 793.
water - framework - conservation - perspective - valuation - spain
Groundwater in sufficient amounts and of suitable quality is essential for potable water supplies, crop irrigation and healthy habitats for plant and animal biocenoses. The groundwater resource is currently under severe pressure from land use and pollution and there is evidence of dramatic changes in aquifer resources in Europe and elsewhere, despite numerous policy measures on sustainable use and protection of groundwater. Little is known about how such changes affect groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs), which include various aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems above ground and inside the aquifer. Future management must take this uncertainty into account. This paper focuses on multiple aspects of groundwater science, policy and sustainable management. Examples of current management methods and practices are presented for selected aquifers in Europe and an assessment is made of the effectiveness of existing policies such as the European Water Framework Directive and the Habitat Directive in practice and of how groundwaters and GDEs are managed in various conditions. The paper highlights a number of issues that should be considered in an integrated and holistic approach to future management of groundwater and its dependent ecosystems.
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