In recent decades, Europe has repeatedly experienced large-scale floods and droughts, resulting in major economic and ecological damages as well as property and personal injury. Often, affected actors have not been sufficiently prepared for these events. Due to climate change, extreme hydrological events are likely to increase in the future and present actors from different sectors and administrative levels with ever-greater challenges. To counteract the increasing threat posed by such events, sustainable water management strategies and improved emergency plans based on reliable hydro meteorological forecasts are needed. However, predicting extreme events has been a major challenge for science for years, especially in view of climate change.
The European research project IMPREX (IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes) is funded under the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and is comprised of a consortium of 23 renowned partners from 9 countries that have taken up the challenge of developing methods and tools to improve predictions of hydro-meteorological extremes. The research focuses on adapting climate information to the needs of six core sectors (flood forecasting, hydropower, transport or urban water management, agriculture and water economics). This approach ensures a concrete application of the research results.
Based on research results generated in IMPREX, adelphi is developing policy recommendations for European water and climate policy and water management recommendations for the Júcar and Rhine river basins in Spain and Germany. In this context, adelphi is examining how climate change has been considered in the drought and flood directives, the challenges that exist in implementing the directives, and the contribution the IMPREX research results can make in this context. adelphi is also developing recommendations for improving the legal framework and providing concrete recommendations for action for decision-makers in various affected sectors. This ensures that the results are also applied beyond the research context.