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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2024-06-01 - 2025-01-31

Climate change has an impact on the hydrology in the March catchment. Climate change modelling studies for catchments in this region show reduced soil moisture and increasing drought stress in the summer months. The aim of this project is to investigate which ecological measures can be taken to improve water retention in the Lower Austrian March catchment area. The results should support land users, regional policy and administration in adapting to climate change. The study focusses in detail on the following three topics: 1. climate forecasts and extreme precipitation 2. causes of declining water availability and challenges 3. nature-based options for action and their potential
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-04-01 - 2023-11-15

Digital data and tools are increasingly part of agricultural practice and water management in Austria. Decision support systems can be used to control irrigation digitally and adapted to agrometeorological conditions. Apps and web-based services (e.g., ada.boku.ac.at, eo4water.com) have been developed to facilitate irrigation planning using publicly available satellite, weather, soil, and land use data (e.g., opendatacube.org, data.gv.at). Online probes (e.g., ehyd.gv.at) allow real-time display of groundwater levels or surface water discharges. Water withdrawals for irrigation purposes are recorded with different information density via water information systems (e.g. online water books of the federal states). Some digital tools are already in use, various research projects deal with partial aspects of this topic, data bases are available in different forms at a number of institutions. However, there is a lack of an overview of the current state of research, the available data bases and digital tools, as well as the developments and challenges in this topic area, which would enable targeted further developments and synergetic uses of existing data. Therefore, the current state of research, available data bases and digital tools, as well as current developments and challenges are to be compiled and presented in the form of web-compatible factsheets with the intensive involvement of the relevant stakeholders (agriculture, water management, research). For this purpose, in a first step, the relevant topic areas will be defined in communication with the stakeholders, the research sources will be determined, the criteria for the consideration and evaluation of information will be established, and a standardized form of presentation will be designed. The existing data bases and tools are evaluated for their concrete feasibility, synergy potential, and availability/accessibility for different stakeholders. Complementary to this, identified gaps are presented.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2023-11-01 - 2025-05-31

The planned work is to contribute significantly to structuring the area of synthetic biology, which is still unclear with regard to its dual use potential (in particular in interaction with the associated converging technologies) with the aid of a future-oriented risk analysis and assessment. Based on this, a scientifically sound prognosis of the corresponding biosafety risks is to be drawn up. In addition, this work is intended to lay the foundation for a continuation of such an analysis by operationalizing the procedure for analysis and assessment in the sense of a tool.

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