The objectives of this programme are:

  • To integrate modelling of the water cycle into global and regional climate models
  • To better quantify possible changes in the water cycle due to human influences and climate change in the period 2000-2100 - esp. floods and droughts
  • To assess impacts of the changes on agriculture, industry, energy, drinking water supplies and the environment
  • To analyse and describe the current global water cycle
  • To evaluate how the global water cycle and its extremes respond to future drivers of global change
  • To evaluate feedbacks in the coupled system as they affect the global water cycle
  • To develop a modelling and data framework to assess the future vulnerability of water as a resource