Summer School 2009

Field methods and eco-hydrological models for integrated water management in rural areas

Rural regions play a central role in the management of water resources of the earth. Most ground- and freshwater originates from these regions, but they do not only “produce” water, on a global scale agriculture consumes more than 70% of freshwater resources. The expected climatic changes aggravate the situation, especially for BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries where water is scarce – at least in parts of the countries. In Germany (and Europe), the problems of water quantity are less important than that of quality, because many freshwater bodies are polluted. As a counter­measure to improve the ecological quality of water bodies, the European Community has implemented the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which has stimulated many interdisciplinary research activities aiming at an integrated management of catchments. The application of these methods and models is not limited to Europe, they can be applied to other climates as well – the sustainable use of water resources in rural landscapes is a global problem. This summer course is the second of three subsequent courses. The summer schools 2008 was about water quantity, in 2009 we will deal with management of water quality (2009) and in 2010 with integrated management of water resources.