Adaptation of the Meuse to the Impacts of Climate Evolutions – AMICE
Partner: APS, CEGUM, CETMEF, Commune d’Hotton, EPAMA, FHR, Gebmloux Agro-Bio Tech, IWW-RWTH, nv De Scheepvaatt, Région Wallonne (GTI), Rijkswaterstaat, RIOU, ULg, Waterboard Aa en Maas, Waterboard Brabantse Delta, WVER
A total of 17 institutions from France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are involved in the Interreg IVB project AMICE (Adaptation of the Meuse to the Impacts of Climate Evolutions). The project will be managed by the French EPAMA (Etablissement Public d’Aménagement de la Meuse et des ses Affluents) from 2009 to 2012.
The goals are:
- the development of a transnationally coordinated, catchment area-wide climate adaptation strategy with a focus on runoffs
- the implementation of a package of measures against high and low water discharges
- strengthening cooperation between stakeholders in the Meuse catchment area
- public participation by improving their understanding of climate change, sustainable development and raising awareness of the risks posed by water.
In addition to the Department of Engineering Hydrology (LFI) of RWTH Aachen University, the German Water Board Eifel Rur (WVER) and the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management (IWW) of RWTH Aachen University are involved. In the context of the first work package, the LFI carried out simulations for the Eifel-Rur and Niers to estimate climate-related changes in the discharge regime. The simulations were run with different temporal resolutions (1 hour and 1 day) and using different hydrological models. For three 30-year periods (1961-1990/2021-2050/2071-2100) simulations were performed using NASIM, a spatially high-resolution, process-differentiated, conceptual precipitation-runoff model, and GR4J, a conceptual block model. For each of the future periods, a wet and a dry scenario were considered.