The Water Program

The Water (WAT) Program was established in 2013 in conjunction with a flagship project, the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative (WFaS), which now forms the core of WAT's research.

IIASA's Water Program works across various water-related sectors and management scales. It studies a range of possible future socioeconomic changes and technological innovations.

The program seeks to incorporate water science into assessment and planning studies at the nexus of water, food, energy, and environmental security.  Its aim is to establish a critical mass of water knowledge through development of new modeling tools and data collection. 


Objectives


  • To compile, consolidate, and enhance knowledge of global water supply and demand balances 
  • To incorporate hydrology and hydrologic uncertainty into integrated assessment modeling efforts and scenario development 
  • To provide a sound scientific basis for responding to current and future global water challenges by assessing the robustness and complementarity of portfolios of  potential solutions.

Water research at IIASA


IIASA research programs have continually been active in water science since the Institute's inception in 1972.  IIASA played a prominent role in various recent large integrated water projects: WATCH (Water and Global Change); SCENES (Scenarios for Europe and Neighbouring States).

Flagship Initiative

Water Futures and Solutions: World Water Scenarios

Water resources are central to development and poverty alleviation. Yet decision makers face many challenges to ensuring their sustainable and equitable use.  More


Latest Water News

17 March 2017
Innovative IIASA research highlighted by major journal

Five IIASA studies published in Environmental Research Letters in 2016 were selected for the journal’s Highlights of 2016, as especially innovative or groundbreaking work.  More



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CONTACT DETAILS

CONTACT DETAILS

Simon Langan

Program Director

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 588

CONTACT DETAILS

Angelika Scherzer

Program Assistant

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 596

PUBLICATIONS

Nava LF (2017). Peer review report 3 on “Economic Effects of a Reservoir Re-operation Policy in the Rio Grande/Bravo for Integrated Human and Environmental Water Management”. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 9: p. 152. DOI:10.1016/j.ejrh.2016.12.048.

Zajac Z, Revilla-Romero B, Salamon P, Burek P, Hirpa FA, & Beck H (2017). The impact of lake and reservoir parameterization on global streamflow simulation. Journal of Hydrology 548: 552-568. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.03.022.

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.

Dalin C, Wada Y, Kastner T, & Puma MJ (2017). Groundwater depletion embedded in international food trade. Nature 543: 700-704. DOI:10.1038/nature21403. (In Press)

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