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

15 May 2018
Yillia awarded Outstanding Contribution Award in Water

IIASA guest research scholar Paul Yillia has won the Outstanding Contribution Award for his work in water resources assessment and planning at this year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards in Cape Town, South Africa.  More



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CONTACT DETAILS

CONTACT DETAILS

Simon Langan

Program Director

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 588

CONTACT DETAILS

Samantha Byers

Program Assistant

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 456

PUBLICATIONS

Voinov A, Jenni K, Gray S, Kolagani N, Glynn PD, Bommel P, Prell C, Zellner M, et al. (2018). Tools and methods in participatory modeling: Selecting the right tool for the job. Environmental Modelling & Software 109: 232-255. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.028.

Greve P, Kahil T, Mochizuki J, Schinko T, Satoh Y, Burek P, Fischer G, Tramberend S, et al. (2018). Global assessment of water challenges under uncertainty in water scarcity projections. Nature Sustainability 1: 486-494. DOI:10.1038/s41893-018-0134-9.

Gevaert A, Veldkamp T, & Ward P (2018). The effect of climate type on timescales of drought propagation in an ensemble of global hydrological models. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22 (9): 4649-4665. DOI:10.5194/hess-22-4649-2018.

Gründemann G, Werner M, & Veldkamp T (2018). The potential of global reanalysis datasets in identifying flood events in Southern Africa. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22 (9): 4667-4683. DOI:10.5194/hess-22-4667-2018.

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