Read how IIASA works with research partners across the globe to deliver world-class research.
Science and policy must work together to achieve a sustainable future for humanity.
Dr. Yoshihide Wada is a Senior Research Scholar and Deputy Director of the Water (WAT) Program at IIASA. He is also a senior research associate at the Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, an adjunct research scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, USA, and an adjunct professor at the School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University, China.
Dr. Wada obtained his PhD degree with distinction (Cum Laude) at Utrecht University in October, 2013. His completed PhD projects include estimating global water use and water availability by using a global hydrological and water resources model. His work also includes estimating and projecting global water scarcity, and assessing the sustainability of global groundwater resources. Some of his work has appeared in Nature, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS.
Presently, he leads science development at the Water (WAT) program at IIASA and his current research projects include a global assessment of sustainable solutions achieving SDGs under socioeconomic and climate change, and increasing water scarcity, Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative, the inter-sectoral climate change impacts assessments (ISIpedia), supporting risk assessment and adaptation at multiple spatial scales (COMICC), European climate prediction system (EUCP).
Dr. Wada has participated in and led a number of international projects including European GLOWASIS (Global Water Scarcity Information Service) Project, ISI-MIP (Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project), LandMIP (Land Modelling Intercomparison Project), World Resources Institute (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, and EartH2Observe (Global Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Assessment). He has also involved in in the Fifth and Sixth Assessment Report (AR5/6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Working Group I/II).
He is one of the recipients of the Horton (Hydrology) Research Grant by the American Geophysical Union (AGU; 2012) and European Geoscience Union (EGU) Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists (2018). He has also been awarded the prestigious Hydrological Award from the Dutch Hydrological Society (NHV; 2017), the NICE STEP (NISTEP) Award from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (2017), and the Young Scientist Prize from the MEXT (2018).
Dr. Wada has been invited to more than 100 conferences worldwide. He is an associate editor of Water Resources Research (AGU) and Hydrological Research Letters. Dr. Wada has (co)authored about 150 publications, 100 of which appeared in international peer-reviewed journals. The citation of these peer-reviewed papers exceeds 1200 each year.
Last update: 28-FEB-2018
Asoka A, Wada Y, Fishman R, & Mishra V (2018). Strong Linkage Between Precipitation Intensity and Monsoon Season Groundwater Recharge in India. Geophysical Research Letters 45 (11): 5536-5544. DOI:10.1029/2018GL078466.
Sutanudjaja EH, van Beek R, Wanders N, Wada Y, Bosmans JHC, Drost N, van der Ent RJ, de Graaf IEM, et al. (2018). PCR-GLOBWB 2: a 5 arcmin global hydrological and water resources model. Geoscientific Model Development 11 (6): 2429-2453. DOI:10.5194/gmd-11-2429-2018.
Munia HA, Guillaume JHA, Mirumachi N, Wada Y, & Kummu M (2018). How downstream sub-basins depend on upstream inflows to avoid scarcity: typology and global analysis of transboundary rivers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22 (5): 2795-2809. DOI:10.5194/hess-22-2795-2018.
Parkinson S, Krey V, Huppmann D, Kahil T, McCollum D, Fricko O, Byers E, Gidden M, et al. (2018). Balancing clean water-climate change mitigation tradeoffs. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-005
Byers E, Gidden M, Leclere D, Burek P, Ebi KL, Greve P, Grey D, Havlik P, et al. (2018). Global exposure and vulnerability to multi-sector development and climate change hotspots. Environmental Research Letters 13: e055012. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aabf45.
Huang Z, Hejazi M, Li X, Tang Q, Leng G, Liu Y, Döll P, Eisner S, et al. (2018). Reconstruction of global gridded monthly sectoral water withdrawals for 1971-2010 and analysis of their spatiotemporal patterns. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 22: 2117-2133. DOI:10.5194/hess-2017-551.
Burek P, Greve P, Satoh Y, & Wada Y (2018). Using the Budyko framework for calibrating a global hydrological model in ungauged catchments of the world. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, 9-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria.
Keune J, Sulis M, Kollet S, Siebert S, & Wada Y (2018). Human Water Use Impacts on the Strength of the Continental Sink for Atmospheric Water. Geophysical Research Letters 45: 1-9. DOI:10.1029/2018GL077621. (In Press)
Vanham D, Hoekstra AY, Wada Y, Bouraoui F, de Roo A, Mekonnen MM, van de Bund WJ, Batelaan O, et al. (2018). Physical water scarcity metrics for monitoring progress towards SDG target 6.4: An evaluation of indicator 6.4.2 “Level of water stress”. Science of the Total Environment 613: 218-232. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.056.
Scanlon BR, Zhang Z, Save H, Sun AY, Müller Schmied H, van Beek LPH, Wiese DN, Wada Y, et al. (2018). Global models underestimate large decadal declining and rising water storage trends relative to GRACE satellite data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (6): e1080-e1089. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1704665115.
Gleason CJ, Wada Y, & Wang J (2018). A Hybrid of Optical Remote Sensing and Hydrological Modelling Improves Water Balance Estimation. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 10 (1): 2-17. DOI:10.1002/2017MS000986.
Khaki M, Forootan E, Kuhn M, Awange J, Longuevergne L, & Wada Y (2018). Efficient basin scale filtering of GRACE satellite products. Remote Sensing of Environment 204: 76-93. DOI:10.1016/j.rse.2017.10.040.
Veldkamp T, Zhao F, Ward PJ, Moel H de, Aerts JCJH, Müller Schmied H, Portmann FT, Masaki Y, et al. (2018). Human impact parameterizations in global hydrological models improves estimates of monthly discharges and hydrological extremes: a multi-model validation study. Environmental Research Letters: 1-28. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aab96f. (Submitted)
Dos Santos S, Adams EA, Neville G, Wada Y, de Sherbinin A, Mullin Bernhardt E, & Adamo SV (2017). Urban growth and water access in sub-Saharan Africa: Progress, challenges, and emerging research directions. Science of the Total Environment 607: 497-508. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.157.
Parkinson S, Kahil M, Wada Y, Krey V, Byers E, Johnson N, Burek P, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydro-economic modeling of integrated solutions for the water-energy-land nexus in Africa. In: AGU Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 2015, New Orleans.
Mehran A, AghaKouchak A, Nakhjiri N, Stewardson MJ, Peel MC, Phillips TJ, Wada Y, & Ravalico JK (2017). Compounding Impacts of Human-Induced Water Stress and Climate Change on Water Availability. Scientific Reports 7 (1): e6282. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-06765-0.
Hattermann F, Vetter T, Breuer L, Su B, Daggupati P, Donnelly C, Fekete B, Flörke M, et al. (2017). Sources of uncertainty in hydrological climate impact assessment: a cross-scale study. Environmental Research Letters: 1-34. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa9938. (In Press)
Felfelani F, Wada Y, Longuevergne L, & Pokhrel YN (2017). Natural and human-induced terrestrial water storage change: A global analysis using hydrological models and GRACE. Journal of Hydrology 553: 105-118. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.048.
Wada Y, Bierkens MFP, de Roo A, Dirmeyer Pa, Famiglietti JS, Hanasaki N, Konar M, Liu J, et al. (2017). Human-water interface in hydrological modeling: Current status and future directions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 21: 4169-4193. DOI:10.5194/hess-2017-248.
Kleinherenbrink M, Riva R, Frederikse T, Merrifield M, & Wada Y (2017). Trends and interannual variability of mass and steric sea level in the Tropical Asian Seas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 122 (8): 6254-6276. DOI:10.1002/2017JC012792.
Wada Y, Bierkens MFP, de Roo A, Dirmeyer PA, Famiglietti JS, Hanasaki N, Konar M, Liu J, et al. (2017). Human–water interface in hydrological modelling: current status and future directions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21 (8): 4169-4193. DOI:10.5194/hess-21-4169-2017.
Satoh Y, Kahil T, Byers E, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Greve P, Flörke M, et al. (2017). Multi-model and multi-scenario assessments of Asian water futures: the Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative. Earth's Future 5 (7): 823-852. DOI:10.1002/2016EF000503.
Veldkamp T, Wada Y, Aerts JCJH, Doell P, Gosling SN, Liu J, Masaki Y, Oki T, et al. (2017). Water scarcity hotspots travel downstream due to human interventions in the 20th and 21st century. Nature Communications 8: e15697. DOI:10.1038/ncomms15697.
Zhao F, Veldkamp TIE, Frieler K, Schewe J, Ostberg S, Willner S, Schauberger B, Gosling SN, et al. (2017). The critical role of the routing scheme in simulating peak river discharge in global hydrological models. Environmental Research Letters 12 (7): 075003. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa7250.
Kahil T, Parkinson S, Burek P, Satoh Y, Greve P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Langan S, et al. (2017). Economic costs of reducing unsustainable groundwater use: Application of IIASA global hydro-economic modeling framework. In: JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017, 20-25 May 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Wang J, Sheng Y, & Wada Y (2017). Little impact of Three Gorges Dam on recent decadal lake decline across China's Yangtze Plain. Water Resources Research 53 (5): 3854-3877. DOI:10.1002/2016WR019817.
Burek P, Satoh Y, Greve P, Kahil T, & Wada Y (2017). The CommunityWater Model (CWATM) / Development of a community driven global water model. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Jasechko S, Perrone D, Befus KM, Bayani Cardenas M, Ferguson G, Gleeson T, Luijendijk E, McDonnell JJ, et al. (2017). Global aquifers dominated by fossil groundwaters but wells vulnerable to modern contamination. Nature Geoscience 10 (6): 425-429. DOI:10.1038/ngeo2943.
Gidden M, Byers E, Greve P, Kahil T, Parkinson S, Raptis C, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydroclimatic risks and uncertainty in the global power sector. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Greve P, Kahil T, Schinko T, Mochizuki J, Satoh Y, Burek P, Burtscher R, Langan S, et al. (2017). Global assessment of water policy vulnerability under uncertainty in water scarcity projections. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Masaki Y, Hanasaki N, Biemans H, Müller Schmied H, Tang Q, Wada Y, Gosling S, Takahashi K, et al. (2017). Intercomparison of global river discharge simulations focusing on dam operation --- Part II: Multiple models analysis in two case-study river basins, Missouri-Mississippi and Green-Colorado. Environmental Research Letters 12 (5): 055002. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa57a8.
Dalin C, Wada Y, Kastner T, & Puma MJ (2017). Groundwater depletion embedded in international food trade. Nature 543: 700-704. DOI:10.1038/nature21403.
Hartmann A, Gleeson T, Wada Y, & Wagener T (2017). Enhanced groundwater recharge rates and altered recharge sensitivity to climate variability through subsurface heterogeneity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (11): 2842-2847. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1614941114.
He X, Wada Y, Wanders N, & Sheffield J (2017). Intensification of hydrological drought in California by human water management. Geophysical Research Letters 24 (4): 1777-1785. DOI:10.1002/2016GL071665.
Wada Y (2017). IIASA’s Water Program: History, Strategy, and Progress. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Liu X, Tang Q, Cui H, Mu M, Gerten D, Godling SN, Masaki Y, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Multimodel uncertainty changes in simulated river flows induced by human impact parameterizations. Environmental Research Letters 12 (2): 025009. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa5a3a.
Wiberg D, Satoh Y, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Kahil T, Flörke M, Eisner S, et al. (2017). Water Futures and Solutions: Asia 2050 (Final Report). Knowledge and Innovation Support for the Water Financing Program of the Asian Development Bank (RETA 6498). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria (Submitted)
Hattermann F F, Krysanova V, Gosling S N, Dankers R, Daggupati P, Donnelly C, Flörke M, Huang S, et al. (2017). Cross‐scale intercomparison of climate change impacts simulated by regional and global hydrological models in eleven large river basins. Climatic Change 141 (3): 561-576. DOI:10.1007/s10584-016-1829-4.
Asoka A, Gleeson T, Wada Y, & Mishra V (2017). Relative contribution of monsoon precipitation and pumping to changes in groundwater storage in India. Nature Geoscience 10 (2): 109-117. DOI:10.1038/ngeo2869.
Slangen A B A, Adloff F, Jevrejeva S, Leclercq PW, Marzeion B, Wada Y, & Winkelmann R (2017). A Review of Recent Updates of Sea-Level Projections at Global and Regional Scales. Surveys in Geophysics 38 (1): 385–406-406. DOI:10.1007/s10712-016-9374-2.
Bhanja SN, Mukherjee A, Rodell M, Wada Y, Chattopadhyay S, Velicogna I, Pangaluru K, & Famiglietti JS (2017). Groundwater rejuvenation in parts of India influenced by water-policy change implementation. Scientific Reports 7 (1): p. 7453. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-07058-2.
Solander KC, Reager JT, Wada Y, Famiglietti JS, & Middleton RS (2017). GRACE satellite observations reveal the severity of recent water over-consumption in the United States. Scientific Reports 7 (1): p. 8723. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-07450-y.
Sood A, Smakhtin V, Eriyagama N, Villholth KG, Liyanage N, Wada Y, Ebrahim G, & Dickens C (2017). Global Environmental Flow Information for the Sustainable Development Goals. IWMI Research Report 168: 1-39. DOI:10.5337/2017.201.
Wada Y, Reager JT, Chao BF, Wang J, Lo M-H, Song C, Li Y, & Gardner AS (2017). Satellite Altimetry-Based Sea Level at Global and Regional Scales. In: Integrative Study of the Mean Sea Level and Its Components. pp. 133-154 Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. ISBN 978-3-319-56490-610.1007/978-3-319-56490-6_7.
Burek P, Langan S, Cosgrove W, Fischer G, Kahil T, Magnuszewski P, Satoh Y, Tramberend S, et al. (2016). The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative of IIASA. 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.
Nasta P, Gates JB, & Wada Y (2016). Impact of climate-indicators on continental-scale potential groundwater recharge in Africa. Hydrological Processes 30 (19): 3420-3433. DOI:10.1002/hyp.10869.
Tang Q, Oki T, & Wada Y (2016). Impacts of groundwater pumping on regional and global water resources. In: Terrestrial Water Cycle and Climate Change. Eds. Tang, Q. & Oki, T., pp. 71-101 Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978111897177210.1002/9781118971772.ch5.
van Vliet M, van Beek LPH, Eisner S, Flörke M, Wada Y, & Bierkens MFP (2016). Multi-model assessment of global hydropower and cooling water discharge potential under climate change. Global Environmental Change 40: 156-170. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.07.007.
Pokhrel YN, Hanasaki N, Wada Y, & Kim H (2016). Recent progresses in incorporating human land-water management into global land surface models toward their integration into Earth system models. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 3 (4): 548-574. DOI:10.1002/wat2.1150.
Satoh Y, Fischer G, Burek P, Wada Y, Floerke M, Eisner S, & Hanasaki N (2016). Development of future water use scenarios: Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative’s approaches. In: Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016, 22-26 May 2016, Makuhari Messe, Japan. (Submitted)
Wada Y, Flörke M, Hanasaki N, Eisner S, Fischer G, Tramberend S, Satoh Y, van Vliet M, et al. (2016). Modeling global water use for the 21st century: Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) initiative and its approaches. Geoscientific Model Development 9: 175-222. DOI:10.5194/gmd-9-175-2016.
Burek P, Satoh Y, Fischer G, Kahil MT, Scherzer A, Tramberend S, Nava LF, Wada Y, et al. (2016). Water Futures and Solution - Fast Track Initiative (Final Report). IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-16-006
Burek P, Satoh Y, Wada Y, Flörke M, Eisner S, Hanasaki N, Tramberend S, Fischer G, et al. (2016). Looking at the spatial and temporal distribution of global water availability and demand. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Frederikse T, Riva R, Kleinherenbrink M, Wada Y, van den Broeke M, & Marzeion B (2016). Closing the sea level budget on a regional scale: Trends and variability on the Northwestern European continental shelf. Geophysical Research Letters 43 (20): 10,864-10,872. DOI:10.1002/2016GL070750.
Gain AK, Giupponi C, & Wada Y (2016). Measuring global water security towards sustainable development goals. Environmental Research Letters 11 (12): e124015. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/124015.
Long D, Chen X, Scanlon BR, Wada Y, Hong Y, Singh VP, Chen Y, Wang C, et al. (2016). Have GRACE satellites overestimated groundwater depletion in the Northwest India Aquifer? Scientific Reports 6: e24398. DOI:10.1038/srep24398.
Satoh Y, Burek P, Wada Y, Flörke M, Eisner S, Hanasaki N, Kahil T, Tramberend S, et al. (2016). Asian water futures - Multi scenarios, models and criteria assessment. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016, 17–22 April 2016, Vienna, Austria.
Wada Y, Lo MH, Yeh PJF, Reager JT, Famiglietti JS, Wu R-J, & Tseng Y-H (2016). Fate of water pumped from underground and contributions to sea-level rise. Nature Climate Change 6 (8): 777-780. DOI:10.1038/nclimate3001.
Wada Y, Reager JT, Chao BF, Wang J, Lo M-H, Song C, Li Y, & Gardner AS (2016). Recent Changes in Land Water Storage and its Contribution to Sea Level Variations. Surveys in Geophysics 38 (1): 131-152. DOI:10.1007/s10712-016-9399-6.
Wada Y, de Graaf IEM, & van Beek LPH (2016). High-resolution modeling of human and climate impacts on global water resources. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 8 (2): 735-763. DOI:10.1002/2015MS000618.
van den Hurk B, Kim H, Krinner G, Seneviratne SI, Derksen C, Oki T, Douville H, Colin J, et al. (2016). LS3MIP (v1.0) contribution to CMIP6: the Land Surface, Snow and Soil moisture Model Intercomparison Project – aims, setup and expected outcome. Geoscientific Model Development 9 (8): 2809-2832. DOI:10.5194/gmd-9-2809-2016.
Wada Y (2015). Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050: Linking global assessments to policy dimensions. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.
Elliott J, Deryng D, Mueller C, Frieler K, Konzmann M, Gerten D, Glotter M, Flörke M, et al. (2014). Constraints and potentials of future irrigation water availability on agricultural production under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (9): 3239-3244. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1222474110.
Schewe J, Heinke J, Gerten D, Haddeland I, Arnell NW, Clark DB, Dankers R, Eisner S, et al. (2014). Multimodel assessment of water scarcity under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (9): 3245-3250. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1222460110.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313