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WEIN

Water Use Efficiency in Northern Central Chile

2012-2014 BMBF collaborative project

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Lars Ribbe
Coordinator: Alexandra Nauditt

Consortium with Ribeka GmbH & Co. KG., SEBA GmbH & Co. KG., CEAZA and Universidad de La Serena.

Water resources are under high pressure due to climate change, economic development and population growth. A very important concern of further water management especially in semiarid regions is to design adequate strategies for efficient water use considering regional environmental and climatic aspects.

The semiarid Limarí river basin in Northern Central Chile is highly vulnerable to climate variability and change as it relies on the snow melt driven hydrology originating in the high Andes cordillera. The intense agricultural production in this region recently has been strongly affected by years of extremely low precipitation. A long term drought period during 2008-2013 has been further increasing the interest to improve the knowledge on hydrological processes under climate variability and to obtain reliable water availability projections under different climate scenarios.

In the scope of the WEIN project, a monitoring, modeling and information system is developed, combining climate and high elevation catchment research with water management strategies considering socio-economic, institutional and environmental aspects.

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Installation team of the high elevation meteorological climate station in the Tascadera Catchment (Project partners from ITT, SEBA, Ribeka, CEAZA and the University of La Serena)

Installation team of the high elevation meteorological climate station in the Tascadera Catchment
(Project partners from ITT, SEBA, Ribeka, CEAZA and the University of La Serena)

Supported by

DAAD

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