On Thursday, September 30th, 2020, the cycle of lectures for citizens continued in the Moise Palace in Cres, the University of Rijeka’s scientific and educational center. For the first in a series of lectures after the summer break, a universally interesting topic was chosen: Vrana Lake presented through a talk entitled “Lake Vrana on the island of Cres: past, present and future in the context of possible climate change.”

Dr. sc. Josip Rubinić from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Rijeka briefly presented the results of hydrological research related to the characteristics of Lake Vrana’s water regime on the island of Cres, which have been conducted on this exceptional island phenomenon since the second half of the 19th century.

In May 2020, a new EU project, “Management of karst aquifers” was launched. One of the partners is the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Rijeka. As part of the project, Rubinić is conducting research in the pilot area of ​​Jezera Vrana on the island of Cres, as well as hydrological modeling in this and two other areas related to water wells (Bokanjac near Zadar and Blatsko polje on Korčula). The possible consequences of climate change on water regime changes and lake temperature are investigated for potential climate change scenarios.