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The information in this text is a Technical summary of the work undertaken in the EU FP6 project AquaTerra (Project 
number GOCE 505428), which ran from April 2005 until March 2009. The aim of this technical summary is to provide a
concise account of the range and nature of the work undertaken in the project relating to the subject of GLOBAL CHANGE:
the intention is to make the work of AquaTerra more accessible to a wider audience. This document should be read with
a view to following up the work it describes in more detail through the specific project deliverables, which if publically
available can be downloaded from the main project website:, or from the wide range
of peer-reviewed literature that has been generated by the work. The published work of relevance to this subject
area is also available via the ATOIS portal.

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A core element of the AquaTerra project as a whole has been the assessment of the interactions between the air-soil-sediment-water-groundwater 
compartments of the river basin system and their influence on contaminant behaviour and transport in the context
of GLOBAL CHANGE, in particular climatic change, but also social, economic and policy changes that take place beyond
the scale of AquaTerra (i.e. on a scale greater than the river basin, such as national or European change). A large
part of the effort in AquaTerra has therefore been dedicated to generating scenarios of future climate and the downscaling
of global and European scale climate model output to a scale appropriate for use in other work in AquaTerra. This
has predominantly been undertaken through the HYDRO sub-project.

As well as climate change, the effects of other changes beyond the river basin system have been considered through
the socio-economic case studies of the INTEGRATOR sub-project. A series of these case studies have been undertaken
in the Ebro, Elbe and Meuse basins. The implications of this work are also outlined in this summary.

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