climate change

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The population growth and the intensification of the urbanization process have led to an increase in the demand for drinking water in urban centers, where the quantity available is increasingly exploited and subject to depletion. However, the general perception of the problem is not adequate due to lack of information and difficult access to it or lack of awareness on the subject. In this general context, the WIZ project was aimed at the protection and...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The production of flooring materials, in particular ceramic tiles and concrete bricks, has a strong environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, considering the quantity of energy required for the production and the generated air pollution. The energy consumption varies from 1.710 to 2.805 kJ for each kg of tiles or bricks produced, 90% of which comes from the combustion of natural gases; the consumption levels can instead...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION In recent decades, climate change has led to an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, with significant impacts on natural and anthropogenic environment, which have proved to be sensitive to these phenomena. It is expected that in the future the effects of climate change will tend to be increasingly relevant; in Italy, for example, possible alterations of the hydro-geological regime are expected, with a consequent increase in the risk of landslides...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The AQUOR project was conceived as demonstrative action aimed at facilitating the inversion of the current trend of overexploitation of groundwater resources and increasing aquifer recharging rates in order to rebalance the upper Vicenza plain’s aquifers and foster their sustainable use. The project area has an important underground water heritage, which represents the water supply for a total of 400.000 inhabitants of the provincial territory. Moreover this...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The most recent studies on climate change believe that the area of ​​the upper Adriatic will be characterized by an increase in average temperatures of the air and sea water, a decrease in precipitation, a greater frequency and intensity of extreme events as well as the rise of the sea level. The areas most vulnerable to these events will be the coastal areas that are exposed to the risk of saltwater infiltration in coastal aquifers, saline wedge intrusion, loss...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The WASSERMed project has analyzed, through a multidisciplinary approach, the current and future hydrological balance in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in terms of threats for the national and social security. This analysis included the determination of changes in average flows, frequency and size of extreme precipitation events, runoff, water balance at groundwater level, as well as social and economic factors such as changes in touristic...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION   LIMITS was a 3-year research project, which was attended by 10 partners from Europe, China, India and to which research centers from the United States and Japan collaborated. The goal of the LIMITS project was to identify mitigation strategies at the global level, focusing on the actions needed by the major economies to reach the goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 2°C. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION The climate change imposes the implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies in many sectors of the human activities which cause the emission of huge quantities of greenhouse gases. As for agriculture this need is especially felt in the case of greenhouse horticulture , as far as the traditional practices request the use of a lot of chemicals, energy and water which produces  large quantities of greenhouse gases and polluting effluents. This situation...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere produced by anthropogenic activities and the consequent global warming represent a real challenge that requires the enhancement of adaptation and mitigation measures at national, regional and local level. Locally the LAKS project had the general objective of demonstrating the cities’ potential in grasping opportunities and creating synergies to actively contribute to the achievement of the Kyoto Protocol goals as well as of...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Climate change is the survey context of the TRUST project as decisive factor within the surface waters and groundwaters management. In particular TRUST was aimed at quantifying the possible consequences  of climate change on aquifers and identifying adaptation measures through their artificial recharge to mitigate the impacts caused by drought and decreased availability of water resources resulting from climate change. The first project step was the hydrogeological...