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EPSRC Reference: EP/G061157/1
Title: Water System Resilience (ARCC-Water)
Principal Investigator: New, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Hall, Professor JW
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Anglian Water AquaTerra Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
Environment Agency (Grouped) Essex & Suffolk Water Ltd Greater London Authority (GLA)
Natural England OFWAT RAND (Group)
Stockholm Environment Institute Three Valleys Water Tynemarch Systems Engineering Limited
UK Water Industry Research Ltd UK Water Industry Research Ltd (UKWIR) Waterwise Project
World Wide Fund for Nature WWF (UK)
Department: Geography - SoGE
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 September 2009 Ends: 30 April 2013 Value (£): 299,958
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Urban & Land Management Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Environment
Related Grants:
EP/G058156/1 EP/G061076/1 EP/G060460/1 EP/G060746/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
06 Mar 2009 Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Reliable water supply is fundamental to human health and wellbeing, and in the UK is underpinned by inter-linked infrastructure for abstraction, storage, treatment and conveyance of potable and wastewater. Climate change has the potential to affect the UK water system in a number of ways: through changes in the water available for abstraction and storage, especially through altered drought frequency and intensity, changes in demand and changing risk of infrastructure failure.This project aims to develop a set of analysis tools and data on climate change and future demand that will enable users to identify packages of options that results in heightened reslience of the UK water system to these uncertain future drivers. The multi-criteria approach to be developed will also allow alternative adaptation options to be assessed against other criteria, such as environmental sustatinability, energy costs and public acceptability.The focus of the study is South and East England, an area that is already experiencing water system stress, and likely to be subject to additional stresses in the future due to climate change and demographic changes.The methods and results of this research will enable the UK to better plan for adaptation of the water system to climate change, and will help identify the polciy and regulatory changes that would be needed for adaptation to take place.The project has been designed in collaboration with stakeholders from government (DEFRA, EA, OFWAT, GLA), the water industry (UKWIR, Water UK and a number of water companies) and NGOs with an interest in water. These same stakeholders will be involved throughout the project as project partners.
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