ACQUAOUNT – Adapting to Climate change by QUantifying optimal Allocation of water resOUrces and socio-ecoNomic inTerlinkages

Agriculture is by far the most water demanding sector in the Mediterranean and a sustainable use of water, combined with economic growth, cannot be achieved without improving irrigation efficiency and water productivity. The current heavy depletion of water sources is leading to water scarcity and degradation, deterioration of ecosystem services, conflicts with domestic and industrial uses and, in general, it poses limitations to economic growth. These trends will be exacerbated by CC.

The ACQUAOUNT project aims to improve IWRM and sustainable irrigation through the deployment of innovative tools, smart water services and solutions, for public and private use, while contributing to climate resilience.

Duration
50 months from 01/07/2021 to 31/08/2025
Funded by
  • European Commission

Coordinating organization
  • Fondazione CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
Division

General aims

General objectives

ACQUAOUNT will demonstrate through the deployment of a semantic WoT platform in

different pilot sites how to provide accessible and accurate information to support optimization of irrigation practices for farmers and basin level water allocation for water managers.

CMCC role 

CMCC is the coordinator of the project and is the leader of the following WP:

  • WP1 coordination and management;
  • WP5 decision support tool;
  • co-leader of WP7 dissemination, exploitation, communication, and outreach.

Activities

CMCC is in charge of the project coordination and it is responsible for the administrative and final management, as well as for the quality assurance.
CMCC researchers will provide on-site analytics and Edge computing through the elaboration of data-driven algorithm for demand forecasting. Simulations under different climate scenarios will be made for providing evaluation of uncertainties associated with climate modelling.
Finally, CMCC will maximize the project impact through the development and implementation of proper dissemination and communication actions, to ensure knowledge transfer to different types of public and support policy makers and practitioners in their decision.

Expected results

A WoT platform able to provide near real-time services to end-users (farmers and water managers) and support information for long term planning by decision makers (DST).
A large-scale demonstration actions to sustain operational and governance approach in the 4 pilot sites.
A business plan for AQUAOUNT IWRM, and its associated tools, aiming to upscale the IWRM use across the Mediterranean region.
An increased knowledge of strategies for a sustainable water management and CC adaptation among the project beneficiaries.

Partners

  • UNISS University of Sassari;
  • Nature4 Nature 4.0 Soc. Benefit Srl;
  • ABI ABINSULA SRL;
  • EUT FUNDACIO EURECAT;
  • GWP-Med;
  • NARC National Agricultural Research Center;
  • LARI Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute;
  • IRA Institut des Regions Arides

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