The water component of the Copernicus Climate Change Service - supporting EU Water and a broad range of other policies

The water component of the Copernicus Climate Change Service - supporting EU Water and a broad range of other policies

Water resources in Europe are impacted by climate change with either increasing water scarcity and droughts or increasing risk of floods throughout most of Europe. Climate change adaptation is already mainstreamed in water management legislation in the EU and its Member States, but the implementation of this legislation at the river basin and local level requires up-to-date information of climate change impacts on water quantity and quality.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides this information in the Sectorial Information System (SIS) in the water sector. The C3S SIS Water has developed a service to help actors in water management to co-create climate-resilient solutions to regional and local water challenges. Because water is key to many economic sectors, biodiversity and human health, the service is widely applicable across a range of policy areas and can be used to evaluate the resilience of current policies to climate change. Compared to other available services, the C3S SIS Water provides comprehensive information about policy-relevant climate impacts on water systems and with an intuitive interface and guidance it is easy to work with.