The Water Program

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

The IIASA 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.

Flagship Initiative: Water Futures and Solutions

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

11 January 2019
Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water

IIASA researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.  More


Water projects

ISIPEDIA

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


Water models and data

Global Hydro-economic Model

New tool to inform the design of cost-effective and sustainable water policy decisions More


Water events



Water staff



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).


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CONTACT DETAILS

CONTACT DETAILS

Simon Langan

Program Director

Water

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CONTACT DETAILS

Samantha Byers

Program Assistant

Water

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PUBLICATIONS

Masud MB, Wada Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4770-2539, Goss G, & Faramarzi M (2019). Global implications of regional grain production through virtual water trade. Science of the Total Environment 659: 807-820. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.392.

Munoz Castillo R, Feng K, Sun L, Guilhoto J, Pfister S, Miralles-Wilhelm F, & Hubacek K (2019). The land-water nexus of biofuel production in Brazil: Analysis of synergies and trade-offs using a multiregional input-output model. Journal of Cleaner Production 214: 52-61. DOI:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.264.

Xu H, Tian Z, He X, Wang J, Sun L, Fischer G, Fan D, Zhong H, et al. (2019). Future increases in irrigation water requirement challenge the water-food nexus in the northeast farming region of China. Agricultural Water Management 213: 594-604. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2018.10.045.

Tramberend S, Fischer G, Bruckner M, & van Velthuizen H (2019). Our Common Cropland: Quantifying Global Agricultural Land Use from a Consumption Perspective. Ecological Economics 157: 332-341. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.12.005.

Rivas-Tabares D, Tarquis AM, Willaarts B, & De Miguel Á (2019). An accurate evaluation of water availability in sub-arid Mediterranean watersheds through SWAT: Cega-Eresma-Adaja. Agricultural Water Management 212: 211-225. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2018.09.012.

Bednarik P, Bayer J, Magnuszewski P, & Dieckmann U (2019). A game of common-pool resource management: Effects of communication, risky environment and worldviews. Ecological Economics 156: 287-292. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.10.004.

Flörke M, Bärlund I, van Vliet M, Bouwman AF, & Wada Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4770-2539 (2019). Analysing trade-offs between SDGs related to water quality using salinity as a marker. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 36: 96-104. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.005.

Mooij W, van Wijk D, Beusen A, Brederveld R, Chang M, Cobben M, DeAngelis D, Downing A, et al. (2019). Modeling water quality in the Anthropocene: directions for the next-generation aquatic ecosystem models. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 36: 85-95. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.012.

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