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Special Sessions

In addition to Themes A through I (for the list see another webpage) it also possible to submit abstracts to Special session S1. A Special session gives a possibility to prominently discuss/present an issue that strictly speaking would not fit (fully) in either of the Themes A through I.

Session S1: Special Session on Land and water management for a sustainable bioeconomy

The green shift is a commonly used word for the expected societal transformation from a fossil based economy to an economy based on renewable resources (bioeconomy). In a world with bioeconomy we will (increasingly) use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, tree biomass, fish, animals and micro-organisms. Thus, a more effective bioprocesses are expected to support a sustainable production of food, materials and energy.

The green shift will most likely mean that the current land use will change. We may use the forests in new ways, and the types of crops we grow may change. Also the future management practices in both agriculture and forestry can be different from today. Together with on-going climate change, this can have far-reaching effects on hydrology and water quality in both rural and downstream urban areas. How can a shift into a more bioeconomically-oriented world be made sustainable?
BIOWATER (2017-2022) is a Nordic Centre of Excellence, funded by Nordforsk ( BIOWATER aims to examine the effects of climate change and a green shift on land use change and industrial innovation, and to quantify the consequences of these changes on water quality and quantity.

In this session, the first results from the BIOWATER project will be presented, but we also invite other speakers to contribute to the session with oral or poster presentations. Our aim is to provide an arena for exchange of research methodologies and results within the BIOWATER topics as they are outlined below:

Topic S1-1
Setting up scenarios with stakeholders and modellers (land use, climate change) for a future with increased focus on bioeconomy

Defining key scenarios and methodologies to investigate such scenarios at different temporal and spatial scales (micro-catchment to river basins).

Topic S1-2
Defining reference conditions water quantity and quality

Establishing reference conditions for water quantity and quality is necessary to understand how land use changes affects water resources.

Topic S1-3
Effects on water resources of climate and the green shift: use of long-term monitoring data

What evidence can be extracted from long-term datasets on water quantity and quality to assess effects of changes in land use (agriculture, forestry, peatlands) and climate for flow, nutrients, carbon, pesticides, etc.

Topic S1-4
Effects on water resources of climate and the green shift: modelling

How can models assist in analyzing and assessing water quantity and quality effects of changes in land use (agriculture, forestry, peatlands) and climate for water flow, nutrients, carbon, pesticides, etc.

Topic S1-5
Can we mitigate the effects that climate change and land use may have on water resources?

Can we introduce new mitigation measures that at the same time mitigate impacts of climate change and current land use and assist in a shift towards an economy based on renewable resources (bioeconomy).

Topic S1-6
Effects of the green shift on the ecosystem services provided by water

Freshwater ecosystems can serve humans in many ways, for example as providers of food and energy, drinking water supply, and/or serve as sites for recreation and sports. How will the green shift affect these services?

This Special Session S1 will be convened by

Eva Skarbøvik, NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
Jan Vermaat, NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Brian Kronvang, Department of Bioscience – Catchment Science and Environmental Management, Aarhus University, Denmark (


DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, Denmark  Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark



Scientific sponsors and institutional supporters:

Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany     VMM, Flanders Environment Agency, Department Operational Water Management, Belgium



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