Worldwide reservoirs serve for the provision of drinking and irrigation water, for hydropower production, flood retention as well as for recreational activities. The significance of reservoirs is likely to increase over the next decades due to climate and demographic changes. Sustainable reservoir management is inevitable but poses several significant challenges for human kind.
CHARM addresses five of the major challenges associated with the construction and operation of sustainable reservoirs: the deposition of fine sediments, the binding by microbial biofilms, the cause and development of cyanobacterial blooms as well as greenhouse gas emissions and social interests.
CHARM represents a multidisciplinary research partnership between the natural, engineering and social sciences located at the Universities of Stuttgart, Konstanz and Freiburg to pursue the technical, ecological and socio-economic challenges of reservoir management. The cooperation within the consortium provides an integrated, holistic assessment that is necessary to evaluate the complex reservoir system while generating additional benefit through transdisciplinary workflows.