The project 'Adaptive Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems' started in 2010 and ended in 2013.
The key objective of REFRESH was to develop a framework that will enable water managers to design cost-effective restoration programmes for freshwater ecosystems. This will account for the expected future impacts of climate change and land-use. REFRESH was to evaluate a series of specific adaptive measures that might be taken to minimise adverse consequences of climate change on freshwater quantity, quality and biodiversity. The focus was on three principal climate-related and interacting pressures; i) increasing temperature; ii) changes in water levels and flow regimes; and ii) excess nutrients.
This was a collaborative project within the EU FP7. SLU contributed with 594 000 Euro.
The following researchers from the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessments participated in the project: Richard K. Johnson, David Angeler, Didier Baho, Stina Drakare, Leonard Sandin, Karin Almlöf, Peter Carlson, Kristina Tattersdill och David Landbecker.
External partner and project coordinator was Martin Kernan, UCL, UK.