Abstract : 1C.16
Increasing the value of meteorological observations for water resource management : The case study of Monte Baldo

Michele Costa, Alessio Pasetto, Dino Zardi
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Trento

The mountain chain of Monte Baldo, in the southern Prealps, lies between the Lake Garda and the River Adige Valley. Ranging from 65 m a. m. s. l. of the Lake Garda level up to about 2200 m a. m. s. l. of its main crest, Monte Baldo displays a remarkable variety of geographical characters and ecosystems, in particular flora, after which it deserved the name of Hortus Europae (Garden of Europe). This variety is reflected in its territory, which includes various particular kinds of micro-realities, ranging from tourism to industrial and business activities, to mountain houses and alpine meadows for cattle breeding, including some ski resorts.

However a limiting factor for most of these activities, as for many other mountain areas in the region, is the remarkable water resource deficiency, a severe restriction for the development of the area. One further problem for the management of such a scarcely available resource is the lack of knowledge (monitoring, database, studies, etc.) about precipitation and its localization.

In the present contribution the preliminary results are shown from a research work aiming at retrieving, collecting in a data base and analysing data from both exiting and past weather stations, in order to produce a climatologic analysis to be used, in connection with geological and hydrological input, by the actors of water management.

It is also shown how this activity involved not only researchers but also local communities, public authorities, stakeholders and end users, providing an appreciable example of coordination and cooperation between many subjects variously responsible of and interested in the use of water resource.

Then on the basis of the gathered information, some pro-active proposals were prepared, to be shared with the authorities dealing with the territorial management.

The activity has been supported by the European Union under the Interreg III B "Alpine Space" project "FORALPS" (2005-2007).