Water Resources in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities Prof. VLADIMIR CVETKOVIC
SBE Malta Conference 
Conference Date: 2nd November 2012
Changes to Earth’s freshwater systems are central in global change. They affect people and ecosystems. Scientists attempt to understand the water systems and their changes, contribute to improve freshwater security, and help protect and restore water environments and ecosystems. We study water quantity and quality, and how water flows and carries other substances and energy through the landscape - locally, regionally and globally, and from the past, through the present, towards the future. The presentation included an overview of the key water resources issues, as they relate to different parts of the world. The presentation focused on the concerning challenges for soil and groundwater, lakes and rivers, wetlands, costal zones as well as engineered water systems including water purification technology. Operational links between different components of water systems are becoming increasingly important to promote better use of existing water resources. Recent developments and potential solutions of particular interest in Malta were also presented in the conference.