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

16 October 2017
Yoshihide Wada to receive prestigious prize from the European Geosciences Union

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Eker S & Kwakkel JH (2018). Including robustness considerations in the search phase of Many-Objective Robust Decision Making. Environmental Modelling & Software 105: 201-216. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.029.

Seneviratne I, Wartenburger R, Guillod BP, Hirsch AL, Vogel Martha M, Brovkin V, van Vuuren DP, Schaller N, et al. (2018). Climate extremes, land–climate feedbacks and land-use forcing at 1.5°C. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 376 (2119): e20160450. DOI:10.1098/rsta.2016.0450.

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 DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aabf45. (In Press)

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.

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