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.

Latest water news

10 December 2019
Could we cool the Earth with an ice-free Arctic?

The Arctic region is heating up faster than any other place on Earth, and as more and more sea ice is lost every year, we are already feeling the impacts. IIASA researchers explored strategies for cooling down the oceans in a world without this important cooling mechanism.  More

09 December 2019
Highlighting the importance and vulnerability of the world’s water towers

Mountains and highlands are often referred to as natural “water towers” because they provide lowland communities with essential freshwater for drinking, irrigation, industry, food, and energy production. A new Nature study provides insight into this valuable resource, which is crucial to the welfare of 1.9 billion people.  More


Water Program 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

Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL)

A ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to jointly meet water, energy and land demands at the global level, and also zooming into two large transboundary basins facing multiple development and environmental challenges: The Zambezi and the Indus. More

Water Futures and Solutions

The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative is a ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to meet local, national, and global water challenges. It is looking for additional partners from the development, business, and scientific community. More


Water models, Tools and data

Community Water Model

Opensource model to examine how future water demand will evolve in response to socioeconomic change and how water availability will change in response to climate. More

Global Hydro-economic Model

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


Recent Events

07 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
IIASA at EGU 2019

IIASA researchers and staff will participate in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019, presenting n... More

22 Mar 2019
IIASA and World Water Day 2019

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March and is about taking actions to tackle global water challenges. IIASA is inv... More




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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Last edited: 03 September 2019

CONTACT DETAILS

Yoshihide Wada

Acting Program Director

Water

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CONTACT DETAILS

Paula Abarca del Rio

Program and Project Officer

Water

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PUBLICATIONS

Willaarts B ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6589-1543, Lechón Y, Mayor B, de la Rúa C, & Garrido A (2020). Cross-sectoral implications of the implementation of irrigation water use efficiency policies in Spain: A nexus footprint approach. Ecological Indicators 109: no.105795. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105795.

Hunt JH ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1840-7277, Nascimento A, Diuana FA, de Assis Brasil Weber N, Castro GM, Chaves AC, Mesquita ALA, Colling AV, et al. (2020). Cooling down the world oceans and the earth by enhancing the North Atlantic Ocean current. SN Applied Sciences 2 (1) DOI:10.1007/s42452-019-1755-y.

Immerzeel W, Lutz A, Andrade M, Bahl A, Biemans H, Bolch T, Hyde S, Brumby S, et al. (2019). Importance and vulnerability of the world’s water towers. Nature DOI:10.1038/s41586-019-1822-y. (In Press)

Liu X, Pei F, Wen Y, Li X, Wang S, Wu C, Cai Y, Wu J, et al. (2019). Global urban expansion offsets climate-driven increases in terrestrial net primary productivity. Nature Communications 10 (1): e5558.

Wang M, Tang T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2867-9241, Burek P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6390-8487, Havlik P, Krisztin T, Kroeze C, Leclere D, Strokal M, et al. (2019). Increasing nitrogen export to sea: A scenario analysis for the Indus River. Science of the Total Environment 694: e133629. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133629.

Hu H, Tian Z, Sun L, Wen J, Liang Z, Dong G, & Liu J (2019). Synthesized trade-off analysis of flood control solutions under future deep uncertainty: An application to the central business district of Shanghai. Water Research 166: e115067. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115067.

Chen S, Long H, Chen B, Feng K, & Hubacek K (2019). Urban carbon footprints across scale: Important considerations for choosing system boundaries. Applied Energy: e114201. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114201. (In Press)

Hagemann N, van der Zanden EH, Willaarts B ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6589-1543, Holzkämper A, Volk M, Rutz C, Priess JA, & Schönhart M (2019). Bringing the sharing-sparing debate down to the ground—Lessons learnt for participatory scenario development. Land Use Policy: e104262. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104262. (In Press)

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