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MANTEL Innovative Training Network

MANTEL Management of Climatic Extreme Events in Lakes & Reservoirs for the Protection of Ecosystem Services

Environmental perturbations to lakes and reservoirs occur largely as episodic climatic events. These range from relatively short mixing events to storms and heat waves. While the driving events occur along a continuum of frequency and magnitude, however, their effect is generally longer lasting than the events themselves. In addition, the more extreme weather events are now becoming increasingly frequent, a trend that has been linked to directional climate change and is projected to continue in the coming decades. Understanding the impact of these short-lived pressures requires monitoring that captures the event (hours–days) and the ensuing impact, that can last for months or even years.

This Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network will investigate the effects of the most extreme events, and of cumulative lower magnitude events, using high frequency monitoring data from lakes, while at the same time training a cohort of doctoral students in state-of-the art technology, data analysis and modelling. The aim of the European Joint Doctoral programme which will run from January 2017 to December 2020 is to change the way in which water quality monitoring is carried out so that the effects of episodic climatic events can be understood, thus ensuring that future water management strategies can explicitly account for their effects.