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The RECORD Catchment project investigates what measures are most effective to influence the river corridor so that river restoration and groundwater flow systems can help to mitigate the effects of floods and droughts, in particular in the context of climate and global change. The study is centered on the Thur catchment. Future management strategies will be developed based on forecasted climate data in close collaboration with river managers of the Thur catchment. The project includes local- and catchment-scale studies and will improve our understanding of key processes at these scales, including subsurface-surface interactions, and links to climate drivers. The coupled hydrological and hydrogeological model to be developed for the Thur catchment will deliver the scientific basis for the decision making process. This will be done in close collaboration with the river managers. For the economic analysis, a dynamic economic model will be adapted which includes a Dynamic Water Use Model for the specific conditions of representative pilot areas with high potential of extracting water for different water consumption purposes and temporary water storage in retention areas. We provide the current RECORD field sites Niederneunforn/Altikon and Widen as well as the pre-alpine Rietholzbach catchment as long-term natural hydrological, atmospheric and ecological observatories to study water fluxes, ecological and biogeochemical interactions within the context of climate change. They provide field platforms for further studies and come with a comprehensive database, and the ability for data transfer and management. Next to numerous scientific publications und PhD theses that were and will be published as a result of the project (see link on the left), we plan to publish an (extended) article in 2017 as a kind of a synthesis of both RECORD and RECORD Catchment as final output. The article is planned to be as applied as possible, but statements in the article will be confirmed by at least one scientific article that was published during RECORD and/or RECORD Catchment.

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