Aims and objectives

KLIV investigates questions pertinent to the sustainable management of water resources, with a primary geographic focus on coastal regions. Based on answers to these questions KLIV will provide new insights and knowledge on changes to water systems and the ability to manage these.

KLIV research questions:

  1. How does general environmental and climate variability and change interact with changes to water resources, including effects on quantity, quality and waterborne nutrient-pollutant loads? Research theme 1: Environmental/climate change interactions with water resource change
  2. How can and should society identify and detect changes to water resource (in terms of water availability/quality and flood/drought risks) in order to appropriately prioritize and respond to them? Research theme 2: Identification/detection of water resource change
  3. What governance changes and measures in the landscape can contribute to efficiently control (i.e. promote desirable and reduce undesirable) anthropogenic changes to water resources? Research theme 3: Governance and landscape measures for control of water resource change

KLIV Approach:

Integration of the inland water system and its adjacent coastal waters, following the water flow and transport of tracers, nutrients and pollutants, as well as the effects of climate change on these. Multiple water flow pathways are followed, from relevant physical boundaries, through associated hydrological catchments, and into coastal waters.

KLIV objectives:

  • New advancements, methods and tools for efficient detection/monitoring, modelling/projection and control/reduction of undesirable water resource changes.
  • Efficient achievement of water resource and water-related environmental management goals, particularly regarding reduction of water pollution and eutrophication and adaptation to climate change in coastal regions.

KLIV investigation sites:

The Swedish Water Management District of Southern Baltic Proper, including:

Methodological development and comparative catchment studies is carried out in other parts of the world.