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From the CNRS-LGM (Meudon, near Paris) three researchers in geomorphology, an engineer in statistics and geomatics and a group of students will contribute to the ACQWA Project. The team has worked for several years on the natural disasters in the Alps in relationship with climatic change. The staff forms part of the working group DIVERLY of the Laboratory of Physical Geography, a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 8591) linked to both the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. The laboratory encompasses more than 50 researchers and technical staff and is headed by Prof. Charles Le Coeur.

Dr. Vincent Jomelli is a researcher in periglacial geomorphology, CR1, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Laboratory of physical geography. Research interests include the response of periglacial processes (avalanches, debris flows) to climatic change; and palaeoclimatic reconstruction over the Holocene in Eurasia and South America. Education:
- HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches French diploma necessary to be a Phd student advisor): Response of periglacial belt to recent and future climatic changes, University Paris 1- CNRS, 2007.
- Phd in periglacial geomorphology from University of Paris VII (France) in 1997.

Employment: Researcher in CNRS since 1998



The Laboratory of Glaciology (LGGE Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l’Environnement, UMR 5183) at the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, also part of the CNRS, has a long-standing experience in domains connected to ice, glaciers and ice sheets (Antarctica and Greenland).

In the framework of this project, 3 scientists will be involved in field measurements by drilling deep ice cores at very high elevation and measuring englacial temperatures. Data will be analyzed using ice flow as well as heat flow modelling. These scientists do have the relevant experience and have already obtained significant results with regard to these very high elevation glaciated areas over the last years (see references below).

Christian Vincent is research engineer at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, CNRS, Grenoble, France. He is co-responsible of the GLACIOLCLIM observatory which acts as an observatory for French glaciers, Andeans glaciers (Bolivia and Equator) and glaciers in Antarctica. He is the French correspondent of the World Glacier Monitoring Service.

Emmanuel Le Meur is research scientist and professor assistant at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, CNRS, Grenoble, France. He is co-responsible for the French component of the GLACIOLCLIM observatory. His research is focused on ice flow modelling which will be used in the project.

Delphine Six is research scientist at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, CNRS, Grenoble, France. She is co-responsible for the French component of the GLACIOLCLIM observatory. She will contribute to the project by carrying out surface energy balance measurements.


Instituto Pirenaico De Ecologia (Pyrenean Institute Of Ecology) – Spanish National Research Council

The Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, created in 1942, is a research institute belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The increasing importance of environmental changes and influence of human activities in Mediterranean mountains resulted in the creation in 1987 of a Department of Geo-Environmental Processes and Global Change, mainly composed by geologists and geographers. This group works in the following research topics:

- Hydrological and geomorphic effects of land use and climate changes.
- Assessment and spatio-temporal forecasting of geomorphic and hydrological hazards.
- Environmental change during the late Quaternary, as a tool to interpret the consequences of rapid climate changes.

The main tasks attributed to the group for the AQWA project are:
- To analyse the effect of land cover and climate variability on the hydrology of the Pyrenees
- To downscale climatic and land cover scenarios for the Pyrenees.
- To model the hydrological response of the Upper Aragon river basin in order to assess the effect of environmental change on water availability and water management of the region.

The previous experience relevant to the tasks referred above are related with several milestones reached by the group during the last 10 years, such as: Recent changes in the relationships between precipitation and discharge; trends in the intensity of rainstorms and floods; trends in snow accumulation and its effects on river regimen; effects of reservoirs on floods and river regimens; factors explaining soil erosion and runoff generation processes in different environments; fluvial adjustments in relation to Global Change. The group has published almost 200 papers in SCI journals during the last 10 years.

The Department of Geo-Environmental Processes and Global Change has participated in European research projects since 1996, especially devoted to (i) the validation of hydrological models, (ii) the sustainability of water resources in relation to sediment transport, and (iii) shallow landslide hazards in relation to land use and climate changes.

José M. García-Ruiz is Research Professor of the CSIC, PhD in Geography from the University of Zaragoza. His research activity has been devoted to study the effects of human activities on soil erosion and runoff generation, in both experimental, small catchments, and large basins. He has been the main responsible for a number or research projects funded by the Spanish Government. During the last 10 years he has published about 40 papers in the most important journals of hydrology and geomorphology.

Juan I. López-Moreno is postdoctoral fellow, PhD in Geography from the University of Zaragoza. His field of interest (with more than 20 papers in SCI journals during the last 6 years) is related to water management, hydrological effects of reservoirs, trends in discharge and precipitation, snow accumulation and snowmelt modelling.

Carlos Martí-Bono is Tenure Scientist of the CSIC, PhD in Geology from the University of Barcelona. He works on Late Quaternary rapid climate changes and hydrology. He published about 15 papers in SCI journals during the last 10 years.

Santiago Beguería is Tenure scientist of the CSIC. PhD in Geography from the University of Zaragoza. He has published in the main international journals of hydrology. His main works are related to rainfall-runoff relationships, extreme events, landslides, erosion and sediment sources. He is an expert in GIS modelling and remote sensing.

Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano is Tenure scientist of the CSIC, PhD in geography from the University of Zaragoza. He works in different environmental topics related to Global Change, particularly extreme events (droughts and floods), changes in land cover and the atmospheric circulation-climate relationships. He is an expert on hydrology, climatology, GIS and remote sensing.


Compagnie Valdôtaine des Eaux

The C.V.A. is the primary producer of hydroelectric power in Aosta Valley (small region in northern Italy at an average altitude of 2,700m). Its assets include 29 plants: 5 dams and 24 power stations (effluent or basin water). These dams above 2,000 meters are fed by snow and glacial water, and climate change impacts are very relevant as it is anticipated there will be an increased demand for this “green energy” in the future. The Company will contribute to an analysis on hydropower impacts through simulation of different scenarios of reservoir management in mountainous areas in the context of climate change.

Stefano Juglair

Eleonora Pucci


ENEL SpA - Divisione Generazione e Energy Management

ENEL S.p.a. is the main Italian power utility and actually manages in Italy more than 550 production plants, 500 of which are hydropower plants which provide more than 75% of the total electric energy from renewable sources, with a production greater than 30 TWh (50% of the national production). More than 200 hydropower plants are located within the Po river basin, with an installed "green" power of about 3000 MW, and their production is strictly related to the management of about 100 reservoirs. This easily explains ENEL’s interest in the field of meteorological and hydrological modelling, as well in the prediction of extreme events and the analysys of the impacts of climate change on the hydro resource.
Dott. Giorgio Galeati graduated in October 1978 in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic area, Polytechnic of Turin, with full marks (110/110). Member of the Italian Hydrotechnical Association, of the National Group for the Defence from the Hydrogeologic Catastrophes and of the ICOLD European Working Group "Floods". In ENEL S.p.a. since 1979 as Technician expert in Hydrology and Hydrometry at the Center for Hydraulic and Structural Research, Direction for Studies and Research; from 1997 in strength to the Production Division, Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrologic Unit where he is actually the responsible of the analysis of the hydrologic-hydraulic risk of ENEL’s dams (evaluation of the design flood and of the impact of different management policies of the discharging outlets) with application to more than 150 dams located all over Italy. 1987-2001 in charge as a Contract Professor with teaching responsability in the Course of Numerical Methods for Engineers, University of Padua; 1999-2000 in charge as a Contract Professor with teaching responsability in the Course of Hydraulic Constructions for Civil Engineers, University of Brescia. The high quality of the specialistic and scientific activity has been documented in over 60 scientific publications on the most qualified national and international specialistic journals and in over 200 technical relationships.

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