Climate Change Impact on Water Environment in Latvia
Funding Programme: Latvian National Research Program
KALME was funded under the Latvian national research area “Environmental research – regional impact of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and adaptation to, protection of the environment of the Baltic Sea and inland waters and sustainable management of their resources”. This research area was one of the nine Latvian government priorities in basic and applied research established for the period 2006 – 2009.
Generic goal of the Program was to assess the short-, medium-, and long-term impact of climate change on the environment and the ecosystems of the inland waters of Latvia and the Latvian part of the Baltic Sea, as well as to create a scientific basis for the adaptation of environmental and sectorial policies to climate change.
- Create several mutually non-controversial scenarios of climate regime-determining parameters;
- Assess possible climate change impacts on the quality of Latvian inland waters, their availability, flood and drought risk, in order to facilitate drainage basin management adaptation and to secure protection and sustainable use of water resources ;
- Forecast the possible climate change impact on the physical regime, coastal dynamics, bio-geo- chemical regime, and ecosystems of the Baltic Sea, to facilitate protection of marine environmental quality, biological diversity, and sustainable use of its resources and services.
The project was organized into 9 interlinked work packages with a separate project management unit.
Project period: September 2006 – December 2009
Participating Baltadapt Partners: University of Latvia