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

07 August 2017
Climate plays a major role in decline of one of Asia's most critical water resources

Climate variability, rather than the presence of a major dam, is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to new research.  More



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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

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.

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.

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.

Pokhrel YN, Felfelani F, Shin S, Yamada TJ, & Satoh Y (2017). Modeling large-scale human alteration of land surface hydrology and climate. Geoscience Letters 4 (1): 1-13. DOI:10.1186/s40562-017-0076-5.

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