About the project
Karst develops by the dissolution of carbonate rock. About 7–12% of the Earth’s continental area is covered by karst regions and approximately one quarter of the global population is completely or partially dependent on drinking water from karst aquifers. For the next decades, climate models predict a strong increase in temperature and a decrease of precipitation in many karst regions in the world. Despite these predictions, only few studies have quantified the impact of climate change on karst water resources, majorly due to the lack of observations and regionalisation tools.
Aims and objectives
The aim of the project is to improve the general understanding of karst processes to quantify present and future karst water stress at a global scale, hereby supporting decision making that can mitigate the consequences of water stress on socioeconomic systems. The project will apply novel monitoring, analysis and large-scale modelling schemes to advance in
Research project funded by the German Research Foundation