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The material presented in this book covers such diverse areas as shifts in precipitation patterns in a changing global climate, the implications for floods or drought, and considerations of managing water resources stressed by poor management practices, overexploitation, and climatic change. The originality of this work is that it brings together under one cover issues that are often otherwise dealt with in a mono-disciplinary manner, i.e. either through the physical sciences or through economic or social considerations. In this way, the book has an added value for scientists who wish to broaden their horizons and avenues of research. The book is primarily aimed at advanced academic research, from PhD or post-doctoral levels and beyond.
List of contributors. Preface; M. Beniston, et al. Changes in the mean and extremes of the hydrological cycle in Europe under enhanced greenhouse gas conditions in a global time-slice experiment; W. May, et al. Investigation of the hydrologic cycle stimulated by the Canadian Regional Climate Model over the Quebec/Labrador territory; A. Frigon, et al. Major influences on precipitation in the Canary Islands; D. Gallego Puyol, et al. High resolution simulations of precipitation over the Alps with the perspective of coupling to hydrological models; O. Brasseur, et al. Heavy precipitation occurrence in Scandinavia investigated with a Regional Climate Model; O. Bossing Christensen, et al. Testing of NAO and ENSO signals in the precipitation field in Europe; C. Mares, et al. Water vapor vertical profile by Raman lidar in the free troposphere from the Jungfraujoch Alpine Station; I. Balin, et al. A qualitative assessment of the sources of uncertainty in climate change impacts assessment studies; D. Viner. The GLOWA Volta project: Integrated assessment of feedback mechanisms between climate, landuse, and hydrology; N. van de Giesen, et al. Glowa Danube: A research concept to develop integrative techniques, scenarios and strategies regarding global changes of the water cycle; W. Mauser, R. Ludwig. Climate change and water resources in Sweden -- analysis of uncertainties; M. Gardelin, et al. Hydrological cycle changes in China's large river basin: The Yellow River drained dry; C. Liu, H. Zheng. Floods in the context of climate change and variability; Z.W. Kundzewicz. Climate change impacts on river flooding: A modelling study of three meso-scale catchments; L. Menzel, et al. Impact of climate change and higher CO2 on hydrological processes and crop productivity in the state of Brandenburg, Germany; V. Krysanova, F. Wechsung. Local climate and water availability changes due to landscape modifications: A numerical experiment in Southeastern Spain; N. Hasler, et al. Trends in drought in Swiss forested ecosystems; B. Zierl, H. Lischke. Feedback between structured vegetation and soil water in a changing climate: A simulation study; H. Lischke, B. Zierl. Water control and property rights: An analysis of the Middle Eastern situation; U. Luterbacher, E. Wiegandt. Exploratory economic assessments of climate change impacts in Israel: Agriculture; M. Shechter, N. Yehoshua. Changing climate and increasing costs -- Implications for liability and insurance; L.M. Bouwer, P. Vellinga. Scenario analyses in global change assessment for water management in the lower Rhine delta; H. Middelkoop, et al. Climate change and water resources in an arid continent: Managing uncertainty and risk in Australia; R.N. Jones, A.B. Pittock.