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The European Horizon 2020 research and innovation project IMPREX - providing insights and practical tools for water management to reduce Europe’s vulnerability to extreme hydrological extremes

Recent hydrological extreme events demonstrate the vulnerability of European society to water-related natural hazards, and there is strong evidence that climate change will worsen these events in the coming years.

Future hydrological extremes may be very different from today’s reality and difficult to predict. Changed water-related extremes will have important implications on the water sector and the design of water management practices. There is an urgent need for “actionable research” to guide decisions! We do not only want to know what’s going on with our climate, we also need to know how to respond and act.

In this context, IMPREX is designed to support the reduction of Europe’s vulnerability to hydrological extremes through improved understanding of the intensity and frequency of future disrupting events. Enhancing our forecasting capability will increase the resilience of the European society as a whole, while reducing costs for strategic sectors and regions.

IMPREX is built upon a strong team of experts from public and private sectors as well as universities and research institutes with complementary skills and experiences. The direct involvement of a broad range of users from key economic sectors will ensure the relevance of the project outputs.

The European Horizon 2020 research and innovation project IMPREX has been working on providing insights and practical tools for water management to reduce Europe’s vulnerability to extreme hydrological extremes. After four years the project can look at many innovative results and insights. (please visit the  website for further information). IMPREX developed a framework for indexbased drought analysis (FRIDA) which allows the customized design of basin-specific impact based
indices. The framework, based on advanced machine learning algorithms, offers an automated procedure for selecting the most relevant hydroclimatic variables to design
an index that reflects the actual local impact of a drought. The tool can be applied in all European river basins and Member States and can be complementary and supportive to drawup drought management plans.

To make these results also tangible for practitioners and policy makers, adelphi has compiled among other policy briefs and fact sheets (see publications) also a policy briefs on predictive drought risk management in Europe..

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.

About: Adelphi is a leading independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. Its mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and consultation. Adelphi offers demand-driven, tailor-made services for sustainable development, helping governments, international organizations, businesses and nonprofits design strategies for addressing global challenges. Check out adelphi experts database by topics here.

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