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Water Use Management in Dry Mountains of Switzerland. The Case of Crans-Montana-Sierre Area

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Reynard Emmanuel, Bonriposi Mariano,
Project Montanaqua: Anticiper le stress hydrique dans les Alpes - Scénarios de gestion de l'eau dans la région de Sierre-Crans-Montana (Valais).
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book The Impact of Urbanization, Industrial, Agricultural and Forest Technologies on the Natural Environm
Editor , Bálint Heil; , Miklós Neményi
Publisher Nyugat-magyarországi Egyetem, Budapest
Page(s) 281 - 300
ISBN ISBN 978-963-19-7352-5
Title of proceedings The Impact of Urbanization, Industrial, Agricultural and Forest Technologies on the Natural Environm

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Abstract

Crans-Montana-Sierre is an Alpine tourist region located in the driest part of Switzerland. This paper presents preliminary results from the MontanAqua project (www.montanaqua.ch), which aims at developing more sustainable water management options based on the coordination and adaptation of water demand to water availability under changing biophysical and socio-economic conditions. The focus is upon the temporal and spatial characteristics of resource demand, in order to estimate the spatial footprint of water use (drinking water, hydropower production, irrigation and artifi cial snowmaking). A large summer peak and a smaller winter peak characterize current regional water consumption. The summer peak is primarily caused by irrigation demand but secondly by drinking water demand. The winter peak is essentially due to drinking water demand and snowmaking demand. The results show the diffi culty of collecting homogenous data on water usage due to a lack of data and measurement systems.
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