ACQUAOUNT - Adapting to Climate change by QUantifying optimal Allocation of resOUrces and socio-ecoNomic inTerlinkages

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According to the SDG 6.5.1 baseline, the degree of development of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) strongly varies among countries and each country presents different criticalities. Further development of IWRM in Mediterranean countries is urgent as Climate Change (CC) projections foresee a reduction and degradation of water resources, while water demand for irrigation is projected to increase driven by an increase in food demand linked to population growth and CC itself. Agriculture is by far the most water demanding sector and a sustainable IWRM cannot be achieved without improving water use efficiency at farm level. On the other hand, improved methods to manage multiple resources (e.g. groundwater, grey water, re-use water) and effectively allocate water to satisfy demands from all sectors are essential to increase water use efficiency at basin and country level, leading to preservation of ecosystems and avoiding over exploitation of water resources. A shared vision exists that digitalization of the water sector is an effective tool to understand the multitude of interdependencies and thus analyse and manage highly complex systems. As such, digitalization holds the potential to positively affect multiple dimensions of water management, including water accounting, intra and inter-sector coordination, financing, governance, faster implementation of new policies and directives. ACQUAOUNT develops and deploys a Web of Things (WoT) platform that uses System Dynamic Modelling tools to integrate data from a digital sensor network (at farm and basin level) and supporting data of multiple types (e.g. Remote sensing, Geo-databases of soil type and crop distribution) and provide information on the behaviour of the physical system.

Period of Implementations

Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2025

Total Budget

EUR 2.585.325,00

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To put in practice and consolidate innovative solutions (IoT devices, monitoring techniques, water balance simulation models, remote sensing techniques, WoT approaches and DST) to support water accounting and optimal water allocation at basin scale. The WoT platform will support the development of the DST, leveraging consolidated biophysical models to project changes in irrigation requirements and supplies under CC scenarios, considering stress tests under projected droughts. To co-design project outcomes tailored to stakeholders needs; To quantify impacts and costs of the solutions tested, accounting for climate resilience and related recommendations

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