The DIRT-X General Assembly was held online, 17-18th June 2020.
The project partners gave an overview of the progress in different activities during the first project year, found synergies in the case studies, planned upcoming work in climate impact evaluations, and discussed new knowledge and scientific discoveries made in the project so far.
The highlights from the meeting were:
- Research into hydrological modelling, sedimentation, bed load and coastal zone processes in the case studies has begun and the most suitable approach for each study depends strongly on the quality of the input data. The intensity of heavy rainfall events, which cause soil erosion to a high degree, cannot, but must be represented in precipitation data with accurate spatio-temporal resolution.
- Bias adjustment of climate data to local conditions is mostly completed. The case studies should be able to test the impact of changing climate by the end of the year
- E-HYPE, SMHI’s large scale hydrological model was linked to UU’s energy model. The model is being refined to better represent erosion and sediment transport processes at the continental scale. The calibration of the global sediment model was completed soon after the GA.
- The European power system model has been set up and configured (based on an overview of basic socio-economic assumptions per SSP narrative at MS level, considered implication of future land use and sectoral water withdrawal &consumption at grid cell level).
This was also the first time the project partners met with the newly established DIRT-X project Advisory Board and received feedback from external experts represented on the Board.
A short quiz on the project case studies, and a virtual tour around Europe to visit various ‘favourite reservoirs’ of project members were held to enjoy some social time with everyone.
For more information on the DIRT-X project description, visit https://dirtx-reservoirs4future.eu/project-description/