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Les actualité du partenaire :

  • Site visit - Ny village and the Naives plain - Belgium
  • AMICE officially approved
  • First Project Steering Group meeting
  • Progresses from WP1
  • Project Steering Group meeting report - First Payment Claim
  • WP2 Partners share experience
  • WP2 Partners share experience
  • First ERDF subsidy received by AMICE project
  • News from Flanders Hydraulics Research
  • WP4 progresses
  • First edition of AMICE newsletter
  • WorkPackage 1 follow-up meeting
  • Meuse Symposium - the AMICE session
  • Project Steering Group 3 - meeting report
  • WP4 report on Flood crisis management in the Meuse basin
  • AMICE Site Visit on Amel Amblève
  • Third issue of Meuse and Climate
  • Actions 6 and 7 start
  • Report of the last WP4 meeting
  • WP1 report on the Analysis of climate change, high-flows and low-flows scenarios on the Meuse basin
  • Summary : Analysis of climate change, high-flows and low-flows scenarios on the Meuse basin
  • Presentation of the hydraulic modelling results
  • Updates on WP1 actions
  • SICadapt! Cluster Kick-off
  • WP4 Meeting
  • Project Steering Group 5
  • Kick-off Seminar for the Transnational flood crisis management Exercise
  • Cluster Website and Expert Board
  • Site Visit on the Rur reservoirs
  • WP1 updates
  • WP1 update: transnational damage functions agreed
  • Information sharing on the organisation of national flood exercises
  • Meuse and Climate 4 presents the AMICE project s latests activities
  • Action 6 finished - Action 8 starts !
  • Full hydraulic modeling of the Meuse basin
  • Project Steering Group 8
  • Transnational flood crisis management exercise
  • Meuse and Climate 5
  • WP1 meeting
  • AMICE final conference : in preparation
  • climate impacts and climate proofed measures
  • Project Steering Group n.7
  • Feedback on the Walloon and French flood exercises
  • First Workshop for the definition of AMICE Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change
  • Hoogwaterbeheersing op de Nederlands
  • AMICE Project Steering Group n°8
  • Costs of climate-change-induced floods in 2050 and 2100
  • Wonder how the activities along the Meuse could be influenced by climate change ?
  • Flanders Hydraulics Research - Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium


    Rol in het project AMICE

    1. Climate Change impact scenarios

    Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) in Antwerp ordered a study at Leuven University Hydraulics Laboratory on the “Effect of Climate Change on discharges in high and low water situations and total water availability”. FHR has no hydrologic models for the Meuse catchment basin and the AMICE project was a trigger to extend the study.
    Compared to the total area of the Meuse catchment area, the Flemish part is relatively small; moreover hydrologic models covering the whole of the international Meuse basin already exist in the Netherlands. The Dutch delegation of the International Meuse Commission brought researchers from FHR and Deltares together and a study to calculate the 3 Belgian climate change scenarios for hydrologic impact with the models from Deltares was ordered by FHR. These three scenarios are:
    1. High or wet scenario: more rainfall in winter, limited run-off decrease in summer
    2. Mean or mild scenario: comparable to the actual situation in winter, dryer in summer
    3. Low or dry scenario: less run-off in winter and summer

    The average yearly discharges for low flows are significantly lower for the low scenario and significantly higher for the higher scenario compared to the actual situation. All scenarios are unambiguous for future summer discharge: the average summer discharge becomes lower than half discharge in the control period (1961-1990). In all scenarios September has the lowest discharge.
    An important remark has to be made on low flows: as indicated earlier the calibration of the HBV model is done with a focus on high water applications. Therefore hydrodynamic routing with SOBEK model is calculated to incorporate the effect of wave damping, decreasing the maximum discharges with +/-10%. De Wit et al. (2007) suggest that influence of winter rainfall in average summer discharge is underestimated.

    2. Update of Meuse knowledge

    In 2004, Flanders Hydraulics Research made a report with an inventory of all types of aspects relevant for water management for the Meuse catchments.
    In the AMICE project, consultant IMDC is updating this information and making a new overview report structured in the same way as for the AMICE literature database. All relevant documents will be added to this database before the end of 2009, when the inventory report has to be ready.
    Although the social and ecologic consequences of flooding are not in the AMICE proposal any more, FHR decides to work together with the Higher institute of Labour Studies (HIVA, KULeu-ven) on a case study about social aspects of resilience. The Flemish side of the Grensmaas (border in between Belgium and the Netherlands) is selected for this case study. The information will be quantitative but will not be multiplied with or added to the quantitative economic risk information at this stage.