Projects and Collaborations

Overview of projects/activities of the Water research program

Global Water Scarcity Atlas

Project seeks to inspire engagement in water scarcity More


Project to develop online portal for national-level, cross-sectoral climate-impact assessments, based on state-of-the-art climate-impacts simulations from ISIMIP More


Project to explore how to use multi-model ensembles to inform climate change management More

Water Futures and Solutions

The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative is a ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to meet local, national, and global water challenges. It is looking for additional partners from the development, business, and scientific community. More

Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL)

A ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to jointly meet water, energy and land demands at the global level, and also zooming into two large transboundary basins facing multiple development and environmental challenges: The Zambezi and the Indus. More

Sustainable aviation biofuel supply chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has commissioned IIASA to assess pathways towards large-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa. More

Transboundary Water Resources: Environmental Governance, USA-Mexico

The project will develop comparative approaches to transboundary water resources environmental governance along the United States and Mexico border, with case studies of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo Basin and the Colorado River Basin More

WFaS: Fast-Track Analysis

The WFaS Fast-Track Analysis is a key component of the larger Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) Initiative. It is a 1.5 year project that will use WFaS collaborations and partnerships to develop the first set of consistent, multi-model integrated scenarios across the food-water-energy-climate nexus. More

GAEZ v.4 and FAO-GAEZ Data Portal

The project will update the Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD) V1.2 and transfer the Global Agro-ecological Zones (GAEZ) technology released by IIASA in 2010 to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations More


The MEDEAS project aims to  integrate the energy sector with other domains, thereby guiding European policy towards a low-carbon economy. More

Resource Use Evaluation of Land Footprint Indicators

The project, "Causal analysis at macro- and meso-level: Development of land use indicators," will look at the extent of land area associated with different consumption patterns and lifestyles. Indicators and factors describing the intensity of land use and its interaction and intervention with ecosystems will then be developed. More

Food Security in Africa

The Water Program is using its expertise to help Africa, with its burgeoning population and particular vulnerability to climate warming, meet its future food and water demands. More

Flood Resilience Management

Water scientists are collaborating with IIASA's Risk Policy, and Vulnerability Program and the Zürich Foundation on a project to enhance community flood resilience. More

Integrated Analysis and Modeling of Land Use Efficiency in China

Urban-rural dynamics in China are changing due to rapid industrialization and agricultural transformation. The project will investigate the relationship between industrialization and land use in China through integrated analysis and modeling of land use efficiency and security. More

Knowledge and Innovation Support

The project aims to build a knowledge partnership between IIASA and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the integrated modeling of water-food-energy nexus in Asia and the Pacific in support of ADB’s Water Financing Program. More

Renewable Energy and Sustainability of Biofuels

This project serves to support the European Commission in their 2014 reporting requirements in the frame of the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC. More

Research Cluster: India

This integrated project cluster is on sustaining and improving rural livelihoods through adaptive approaches. It covers three geographically distinct but thematically related research projects in India. More

Sustainable Solutions: Groundwater Salinization

The project seeks sustainable solutions against groundwater salinization in coastal areas around the world. More

Threats to Fresh Water Resources and Human Water

The project Threats to Fresh Water Resources and Human Water Security focuses on human water security More

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Last edited: 22 October 2018


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