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Somayeh Shadkam joined IIASA as a Research Assistant in June 2016. She is working in the fields of adaptive land and water management and governance in semi-arid regions. Her current research focuses on Urmia Lake, the world’s second largest Hypersaline Lake, desiccation located in the northwestern region of Iran. By applying and regionalizing the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model's reservoirs and irrigation modules, her research assesses water supply and demand under current and future scenarios of climate change and socio-economic developments. Ms. Shadkam is currently working on developing a framework to deal with water saving policies complexities in case of water scarcity.
Ms. Shadkam is completing her PhD at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Before initiating her PhD degree, she completed her BSc and MSc degrees in Agricultural Engineering at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. She also received a Master of Engineering (ME) degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand with a first class honors. She worked for several years as a Water and Environmental expert at the Iran Ministry of Energy and Water.
Last update: 14-JUN-2016
Shadkam S (2017). Preserving Urmia Lake in a changing world : reconciling anthropogenic and climate drivers by hydrological modelling and policy assessment. PhD Thesis: Wageningen University, Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-6343-186-6
Shadkam S, Ludwig F, van Oel P, Kirmit Ç, & Kabat P (2016). Impacts of climate change and water resources development on the declining inflow into Iran's Urmia Lake. Journal of Great Lakes Research 42 (5): 942-952. DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2016.07.033.
Shadkam S, Ludwig F, van Vliet MTH, Pastor A, & Kabat P (2016). Preserving the World Second Largest Hypersaline Lake Under Future Irrigation and Climate Change. In: IDRiM 2016 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society, October 1-3, 2016, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Shadkam S, Ludwig F, van Vliet M, Pastor A, & Kabat P (2016). Preserving the world second largest hypersaline lake under future irrigation and climate change. Science of the Total Environment 559: 317-325. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.190.
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