Water resources vulnerability assessment in the Adriatic Sea region: the case of Corfu Island

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Sep;24(25):20173-20186. doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-9732-8. Epub 2017 Jul 20.


Cross-border water resources management and protection is a complicated task to achieve, lacking a common methodological framework. Especially in the Adriatic region, water used for drinking water supply purposes pass from many different countries, turning its management into a hard task to achieve. During the DRINKADRIA project, a common methodological framework has been developed, for efficient and effective cross-border water supply and resources management, taking into consideration different resources types (surface and groundwater) emphasizing in drinking water supply intake. The common methodology for water resources management is based on four pillars: climate characteristics and climate change, water resources availability, quality, and security. The present paper assesses both present and future vulnerability of water resources in the Adriatic region, with special focus on Corfu Island, Greece. The results showed that climate change is expected to impact negatively on water resources availability while at the same time, water demand is expected to increase. Water quality problems will be intensified especially due to land use changes and salt water intrusion. The analysis identified areas where water resources are more vulnerable, allowing decision makers develop management strategies.

Keywords: Adriatic; Climate change; Drinking water; Vulnerability; Water resources; Water resources availability; Water resources quality; Water supply.

MeSH terms

  • Climate Change
  • Conservation of Water Resources
  • Drinking Water / standards
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Greece
  • Islands
  • Risk Assessment
  • Water Quality / standards*
  • Water Resources*
  • Water Supply / standards


  • Drinking Water