World water day: European Commission's water science and research
22 March marks the annual celebration of International World Water Day. Action is needed to balance the difficult water supply and demand equation, handle water stress or water scarcity in times of changing climate and sustain our water ecosystems. The European Commission supports research to help to manage our water resources sustainably and achieve the shift towards an internationally competitive, water-efficient economy in Europe.
Science can be the key for water solutions, and the JRC supports water-related policies by carrying out direct research and actively looking for science-based solutions to challenges such as water quantity, water quality, extreme weather events, climate change, governance and innovation.
Sampling exercises to assess water quality throughout the EU, modelling tools to predict climate change impacts on water, scientific assessment of future water needs by economic sector and studies on the preservation of ecosystems are just some of the examples.
In addition, the JRC has recently published a new assessment on water availability in Europe and Africa.
To find our more about JRC's water related science please read here.