cio-economic change; Climate change; Land use planning; Tourism; Water use; Water supply; Valais; Stakeholder involvement; Agriculture/Viticulture; Sustainable water resources management; Water resources; Water scarcity; Alpine hydrology
(2015), Exploring Sustainability through Stakeholders’ Perspectives and Hybrid Water in the Swiss Alps, in Water Alternatives
, 8(2), 280-296.
(2014), Anticiper le stress hydrique dans le futur : une simple affaire de climat ?, in aqueduc.info
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(2014), Assessing the Sustainability of Water Governance Systems: The Sustainability Wheel, in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
(2014), Envisioning sustainable water futures in a transdisciplinary learning process: combining normative, explorative, and participatory scenario approaches, in Sustainability Science
, 9(4), 463-481.
(2014), Interdisciplinary assessment of complex regional water systems and their future evolution: how socio-economic drivers can matter more than climate, in WIREs Water
(2014), La fragmentation institutionnelle communale au détriment des ressources, in aqueduc.info
, (100), 24-27.
(2014), MontanAqua: Wasserbewirtschaftung in Zeiten von Knappheit und globalem Wandel Wasserbewirtschaftungsoptionen für die Region Crans-Montana-Sierre im Wallis
(2014), Projet MontanAqua: les principaux résultats - ou comment communiquer avec les acteurs locaux, in Aqua und Gas
, 94(11), 50-57.
(2013), Analyse systemique et prospective des usages de l’eau dans la region de Crans-Montana-Sierre (Suisse). PhD Thesis
(2013), Bestimmung von Abflusswegen des Gletscherwassers in einer karstischen Umgebung, in Tag der Hydrologie 2012, Albert‐Ludwigs‐Universität Freiburg,
, Freiburg im Breisgau, Deutschland.
(2013), Exploring water governance arrangements in the Swiss Alps from the perspective of adaptive capacity, in Mountain Research and Development
, 33(3), 225-233.
(2013), Identification of glacial meltwater runoff in a karstic environment and its implication for present and future water availability, in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
, 17(8), 3261-3277.
(2013), Implications of climate change on Glacier de la Plaine Morte, Switzerland. Geographica Helvetica, in Geographica Helvetica
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(2013), Meeting the challenges of transdisciplinary knowledge production for sustainable water governance, in Mountain Research and Development
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(2013), MontanAqua. Anticiper le stress hydrique dans les Alpes – Scénarios de gestion de l’eau dans la région de Crans-Montana-Sierre (Valais) Résultats finaux et recommandations
(2012), Water Use Management in Dry Mountains of Switzerland. The Case of Crans-Montana-Sierre Area, 281-300.
(2011), Approaching water stress in the Alps: transdisciplinary coproduction of systems, target and transformation knowledge, in Managing Alpine Future II - Inspire and drive sustainable mountain regions. Proceedings of the Innsb
(2011), Le bisse du Bénou
, A physically based hydrological framework to assess the effects of climate change in a data sparse alpine environment. PhD thesis.
, Approaching water stress in the Alps - Water management options in the Crans-Montana-Sierre, Valais, Switzerland (MontanAqua), in Houille Blanche
Water resources are of central importance to the prosperity and development of a society. However, climate change and socio-economic changes are bringing about pronounced changes in both water supply and water consumption. In future, critical areas might be e.g. inner alpine dry valleys like Valais in Switzerland or Inntal in Austria. The main objective of the proposed transdisciplinary study is to develop strategies moving towards more sustainable water resources management in the Crans-Montana-Sierre region (Valais), together with actors involved. The study will be based on in-depth evaluation of the impacts of the climate/environmental and socio-economic changes on water resources, and on a detailed survey of water use and of current water management systems at a regional scale. This objective will be addressed through three main research axes - water resources, water use, and socio-economic structure - on different temporal and spatial scales. The study region is situated in the driest part of Switzerland and has been subject to dynamic economic, tourism and urban development during the last decades. Water demand is growing and vulnerability to water stress is increasing. Due to the influence of multi-level social, economic and political institutions and the persistence of ancient management rules, water management is very complex. In this context, the expire date of the hydropower concession in 2037 will be a distinct breakpoint.The research project will be implemented through three work packages (WP) and one synthesis package (SP): "Evaluation of the water resources" (WP1), "Study of the water use systems and their interaction" (WP2), "Assessment of the socio-economic and institutional setting" (WP3), and "Water Management Options - Multifunctionality of the landscape in the context of hydrological, land use and institutional change" (Synthesis Package). Each work package will analyse the present system and develop scenarios for the future in the form of PhD theses. The year 2050 will be considered as a target for climatic scenarios, while the socio-economic scenarios will be built based on active consultation with a regional stakeholders support committee REG-AQUA. The WPs combine quantitative, qualitative and cartographic (GIS) methods and modelling. The project will identify strengths and vulnerabilities of the present system approaching water stress and - based on the concept of the multifunctionaliy of the landscape - will propose innovative solutions for a future sustainable water management in the Crans-Montana-Sierre region. The expected benefits are obvious for the local and cantonal authorities. The recommendations issued from this research project are expected to be used as guidelines for future management both at the regional and cantonal scales. A second stakeholder group TRANSFER will ensure the transfer of the project findings in comparable regions facing similar problems within Switzerland and beyond. The project will enhance the competence of inter-university collaboration and of inter- and transdisciplinary research both between the natural and social sciences as well as between research and practice. And it will help to create a platform enabling the integration of stakeholders beyond current fragmented settings as a prerequisite for a new integrated water demand management scheme.