Monday, April 2, 2012

Jordan Valley team hopes to abate climate change

Sharon Udasin in the Jerusalem Post: Adhering to the “resources know no borders” concept, experts involved in a multinational, decade-long Jordan Valley hydrological project hope that their research will not only help preserve the area’s ecosystem but also promote future regional cooperation through science.

“Any management that we’re doing in one country will affect the other,” said Prof. Katja Tielbörger, scientific director of the Global Change in Hydrological Cycle: Jordan River (GLOWA JR) project. “It’s nice to develop strategies of climate adaptation, but eventually they might end up really inefficient because they’re not coordinated with the neighbor.”

Tielbörger spoke on Sunday at “Science and the response to climate change in Israel,” the first in a two-day conference sponsored by the GLOWA JR project, Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies and the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information.

The conference signaled the coming end of the 11- year interdisciplinary and international research venture, which has aimed to provide scientific support for sustainable water management in the Jordan River area...

At the conference, experts and stakeholders involved with the program were to discuss the results from the past decade of water management analysis as well as the aftermath of the project....

A sign in the region shot by David Bjorgen, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license

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