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dc.contributor.authorde Wit, M.J.M.
dc.contributor.authorvan den Hurk, B.
dc.contributor.authorWarmerdam, P.M.M.
dc.contributor.authorTorfs, P.J.J.F.
dc.contributor.authorRoulin, E.
dc.contributor.authorvan Deursen, W.P.A.
dc.coverage.temporal21st century
dc.descriptionIn this study observed precipitation, temperature, and discharge records from the Meuse basin for the period 1911–2003 are analysed. The primary aim is to establish which meteorological conditions generate (critical) low-flows of the Meuse. This is achieved by examining the relationships between observed seasonal precipitation and temperature anomalies, and low-flow indices. Secondly, the possible impact of climate change on the (joint) occurrence of these low-flow generating meteorological conditions is addressed. This is based on the outcomes of recently reported RCM climate simulations for Europe given a scenario with increased atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations. The observed record (1911–2003) hints at the importance of multi-seasonal droughts in the generation of critical low-flows of the river Meuse. The RCM simulations point to a future with wetter winters and drier summers in Northwest Europe. No increase in the likelihood of multiseasonal droughts is simulated. However, the RCM scenario runs produce multi-seasonal precipitation and temperature anomalies that are out of the range of the observed record for the period 1911–2003. The impact of climate change on low-flows has also been simulated with a hydrological model. This simulation indicates tha climate change will lead to a decrease in the average discharge of the Meuse during the low-flow season. However, the model has difficulties to simulate critical low-flow conditions of the Meuse.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesClimatic Change, 82
dc.titleImpact of climate change on low-flows in the river Meuse
dc.subject.frascatiEarth and related Environmental sciences
dc.audienceGeneral Public
dc.subject.freeNorthwest Europe
dc.subject.freeatmospheric greenhouse-gas Contentrations
dc.source.issueClimatic Change, 82
Orfeo.peerreviewedNot pertinent

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