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Accomplishing the aforementioned task requires conducting extensive, interdisciplinary, and well coordinated research in the area of interest in close cooperation with the responsible Chinese project-partners and authorities. This widely corresponds to the research in GLOWA-Elbe ( ) both in the overall situation and conceptual in the way it has been conducted in the Elbe area (Cramer & Wechsung 2003). The similarity of both research projects is viewed as a particular advantage because the methodical research approaches in GLOWA-Elbe approximate those in the Chinese research area so that parts of the task can be directly adopted. This also pertains to new insights as well as technological advancements in GLOWA-Elbe.

In analogy to GLOWA-Elbe we distinguish four task fields  for the Guanting-basin project:

1.      Regionalisation of global change scenarios: estimating the external driving forces („drivers“ or developmental frame that can not be influenced by the area itself), and particularly the expected regional specification of the future climate and socioeconomic conditions (and the projection of these changes on the water supply;

2.      Balancing and evaluation of the surface water quantity: long term balancing of supply and demand of surface water quantity and integrated evaluation of management alternatives for the achievement of management goals

3.      Balancing and evaluation of the surface water quality: long term balancing of nutrient entry and normative targets for the water bodies quality and integrated evaluation of management alternatives for the achievement of the ‘good ecological status ’

4.      Integrative measurement planning: Recommendations for alternative measures and strategies of water management and land use that may contribute to improving water availability and water quality in the region.

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