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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Facing Climate Changes: towards sustainable planning and management of water resources

27th October 2009, 17:15 to 18:15, The Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor Ezio Todini (University of Bologna)

In the last decades climatic changes have substantially modified the hydrological regime of the planet and severe to dramatic effects are to be expected during the present century in several parts of the world. At the same time, availability of good quality water resources has been reduced by excessive exploitation, aimed at coping with economical development and population growth, and by pollution of aquifers and surface water bodies, which is an inevitable consequence of the previous two pressures. All this has given rise to a wide rethinking of how we must envisage “development” not only in economical terms but mainly in terms of “quality of life and environment”.

With the introduction of the “sustainability” concept, described in a World Bank document, the title of which is significantly “Our Common Future”, the vision of water resources development strategies has been totally changed. Essentially, the sustainability concept implies that water must not be regarded anymore as an unlimited resource to be exploited, but as a limiting factor for development. Recently, the European Water Framework Directive also introduced the concepts of 'demand management' and 'environmental costs' in the planning phase as a means to reach sustainability.

The scope of this lecture is to introduce the concept of sustainable development of water resources as well as possible objectives and tools that could be used in its future management.

Ezio Todini is a Professor of Hydrology at the University of Bologna, a position he has held since 1980. He is Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and Hatfield College between October and December 2009.

Ezio's background and experience includes Hydrology, Hydraulics, Statistics, Numerical Methods and Operations Research. He is currently a member of the High Risks Commission of the Emilia Romagna Region; of the Scientific Committee of WWF Italy; and of the Italian Statistical Society, the European Geophysical Union, and the American Geophysical Union and he is presently a member of the Willis Research Network.

IAS PUBLIC LECTURES ARE FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO ALL. PLACES ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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