816342 Possible impacts of climate change on water resources

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schulz, Karsten , Holzmann, Hubert
Institute of Hydrology and Watermanagement (HyWa)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2019
Languages of instruction


This lecture series introduce the functioning of the earth system with a particular focus on the atmospheric and hydrological system. It integrates experts from the field of meteorology, hydrology, forestry and alpine hazard research. Their presentations provide knowledge about
- climate and weather at different spatial scales (including past and future trends),
- water cycle and water balance components and their interactions,
- global and regional climate models and weather forecast systems (e.g. ECMWF, ALADIN),
- soil, vegetation, atmosphere interactions with emphasis on evaporation processes,
- hydrological water balance models for climate change impact assessments,
- examples of cc-impact studies with respect to water resources, forestry and alpine hazards.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After participation the students will have gained a deep understanding of the coupled atmospheric hydrological system, the impact if climate factors (precipitation, temperature) on evapotranspiration and runoff behaviour. They will be able to distinguish between hard and soft facts in climate change discussion and will gain knowledge about the reliability of expected boundary conditions of different climate change scenarios. Based on presented research results they will improve their understanding of the quantitative impact of climate change on runoff, forestry, alpine risks and its related aspects (hydropower capacity, snow cover and tourism, wood production etc.)
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.