Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Valerio Barbarossa

Date: 06 February 2020
Location: Nijmegen

Dissertation title: 

Advancing Global Assessments of Freshwater Systems

Group: Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen
Promotor: Prof. dr. M.A.J. Huijbregts
Co-promotor: Dr. A.M. Schipper

Abstract:

Freshwater systems are vital for natural and human communities, but are subject to significant alterations by human-driven engineering and management of freshwater resources. Integrated assessment models can help to understand impacts of human activities on natural systems and to inform policy makers about optimal strategies to preserve ecosystems and the essential services they provide. This thesis posits key aspects of freshwater systems that remain underrepresented in such integrated assessments, by establishing global models of hydrological variables at high spatial resolution and human impacts on freshwater fish species, with a focus on dams and climate change. Ultimately, the modelling tools and assessments developed in this thesis advance the understanding of human impacts on freshwater systems.