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3rd HyMeX workshop 1-4 June 2009 Heraklion (Gournes), Crete-Greece

HYDROMED: A proposed US contribution to HYMEX in the study of hydrological cycle, extreme events, and effects on ecosystem processes in the Mediterranean

Emmanouil Anagnostou (Hellenic Center for Marine Research & University of Connecticut); M. Tzortziou, M. Gebremichael, P. Neale, H. El-Askary, G. Wang, A. Bagtzoglou, J. Bushey, G. Warner, T. Torgersen, A. Cede, N. Krotkov, P. Megonigal

HYDROMED is an NSF proposal by four US Institutions, Univ. of Connecticut (UConn), Univ. of Maryland (UMD), the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Chapman University aimed at (i) engaging top-quality research and academic Institutions from Eastern Med in HyMEX, (ii) supporting the experimental component in the Eastern Med basin, and (iii) reinforcing (with novel methods and instrumentation) measurement capabilities in the Western basin proposed by HyMEX. The topics to be addressed in HYDROMED are (i) improving modeling of continental hydrological processes and (ii) understanding ecosystem response to natural and anthropogenic forcing. Comprehensive studies that take a holistic approach aimed at linking hydrological studies, modeling, predictability of extreme events, and their effects on aquatic ecosystems are rare, particularly for the Mediterranean system. HYDROMED will contribute to the HyMEX community effort to fill this gap in the current research landscape. It will involve a novel synthesis of research targeting improved modeling-prediction of hydrological processes and associated transport of material to the coastal zone, with an enhanced understanding of the effects of hydrologic extremes on coastal biogeochemical cycles, carbon dynamics, and ecosystem functioning. The project will integrate research with education, promoting teaching and training within an international framework, and bringing people and resources together across cultural and geographical boundaries. Cyber-seminars and workshops will foster effective communication among an extended network of researchers, students, companies, managers and policy developers. The proposed research will benefit society generally by contributing to our ability to develop effective mitigation strategies and address socio-economic issues related to hydrological events (particularly frequency and intensity of extremes), water resources, water quality, and climate-related environmental changes.