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.
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
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
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 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).
Last edited: 03 September 2019
IIASA Water Program researchers have developed a new model to study #water #systems across whole continents. Study published today in @theAGU journal Water Resources Research | https://t.co/lLNS6Nq1pT #watermanagement #waterenergyfood #waterresources #watersystems pic.twitter.com/uFjqsh7GIB— IIASA (@IIASAVienna) October 12, 2018
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Strokal M, Kahil T , Wada Y , Albiac J, Bai Z, Ermolieva T, Langan S, Ma L, et al. (2020). Cost-effective management of coastal eutrophication: A case study for the yangtze river basin. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 154: e104635. DOI:10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.104635.
Chen S, Long H, Chen B, Feng K, & Hubacek K (2020). Urban carbon footprints across scale: Important considerations for choosing system boundaries. Applied Energy 259: e114201. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114201.
Hagemann N, van der Zanden EH, Willaarts B , Holzkämper A, Volk M, Rutz C, Priess JA, & Schönhart M (2020). Bringing the sharing-sparing debate down to the ground—Lessons learnt for participatory scenario development. Land Use Policy 91: e104262. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104262.
Chen S, Chen B, Feng K, Liu Z, Fromer N, Tan X, Alsaedi A, Hayat T, et al. (2020). Physical and virtual carbon metabolism of global cities. Nature Communications 11 (1) DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-13757-3.
Hunt J , Zakeri B, Falchetta G, Nascimento A, Wada Y , & Riahi K (2020). Mountain Gravity Energy Storage: A new solution for closing the gap between existing short- and long-term storage technologies. Energy 190: e116419. DOI:10.1016/j.energy.2019.116419.
Hunt JH , 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. (2020). Importance and vulnerability of the world’s water towers. Nature 577: 364-369. DOI:10.1038/s41586-019-1822-y.
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