CyI Researchers Corrado Camera, Marinos Eliades and Hakan Djuma, led by Assoc. Professor Adriana Bruggeman, will be featured on this week's Euronews “Futuris” section, presenting their work on water management in Europe under conditions of climate change, conducted within the EU-funded BINGO project.
Climate change is affecting Europe's water resources. Semi-arid countries such as Cyprus are becoming hotter and drier, whereas rainfall events are also becoming more intense. This accelerates soil erosion, bringing more sediments that fill up downstream water reservoirs. The Cyprus Institute's researchers measure the sediment layer at this check dam near Peristerona to learn how quickly, or how slowly, the river water can pass through the sediment to recharge the groundwater resources.
To get a better idea of water circulation, CyI researchers also measure water flows in the forests. The tree canopy traps some of the rainwater causing it to evaporate before reaching the ground, whilst the root system pumps underground water upwards for the tree to grow, in a process known as transpiration. Sensors placed in the trees, allow CyI researchers to estimate the velocity of water passing through the trunks. This indicates how much water is used by the trees.
The Cyprus Institute study also helps local agriculture to adapt to changes in water availability, for example, by suggesting more water-efficient crops.
That is just one angle of this large European research project studying climate-related water issues.
Below is the approximate airing schedule of the "Futuris" on Euronews (changes are possible in case of breaking news and other emergencies), for the week of 10-16 July:
All times are Central European Time (add 1 hour for Cyprus time)
Monday: 18:45, 01:45
Tuesday: 13:15, 18:15, 01:45
Wednesday: 10:15, 16:45, 02:45
Thursday: 14:15, 17:15, 01:45
Friday: 11:45, 15:45
Saturday: 06:45, 12:15, 17:45, 22:15
Sunday: 10:45, 14:15, 20:45
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