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

13 March 2019
Radical transformation is required to meet sustainable development

An IIASA scientist has contributed to a new Global Environment Outlook report that details how societies can meet goals to support a healthy planet and growing population, provided they embrace integrated strategies.  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


22 Mar 2019

IIASA and World Water Day 2019

World Water Day is held annually on the 22 March and is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. IIASA is participating in a number of activities and initiatives focused on how to raise awareness of and fin... More


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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Last edited: 30 January 2019

CONTACT DETAILS

CONTACT DETAILS

Simon Langan

Program Director

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 588

CONTACT DETAILS

Paula Abarca del Rio

Acting Program Assistant

Water

T +43(0) 2236 807 448

PUBLICATIONS

Zhong H, Sun L, Fischer G, Tian Z, & Liang Z (2019). Optimizing regional cropping systems with a dynamic adaptation strategy for water sustainable agriculture in the Hebei Plain. Agricultural Systems 173: 94-106. DOI:10.1016/j.agsy.2019.02.005.

Blas A, Garrido A, Unver O, & Willaarts B (2019). A comparison of the Mediterranean diet and current food consumption patterns in Spain from a nutritional and water perspective. Science of the Total Environment 664: 1020-1029. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.111.

Wang M, Strokal M, Burek P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6390-8487, Kroeze C, Ma L, & Janssen ABG (2019). Excess nutrient loads to Lake Taihu: Opportunities for nutrient reduction. Science of the Total Environment 664: 865-873. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.051.

Zaherpour J, Mount N, Gosling S, Dankers R, Eisner S, Gerten D, Liu X, Masaki Y, et al. (2019). Exploring the value of machine learning for weighted multi-model combination of an ensemble of global hydrological models. Environmental Modelling & Software 114: 112-128. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.01.003.

Zhao D, Hubacek K, Feng K, Sun L, & Liu J (2019). Explaining virtual water trade: A spatial-temporal analysis of the comparative advantage of land, labor and water in China. Water Research 153: 304-314. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2019.01.025.

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.

Liu X, Liu W, Yang H, Tang Q, Flörke M, Masaki Y, Müller Schmied H, Ostberg S, et al. (2019). Multimodel assessments of human and climate impacts on mean annual streamflow in China. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 23 (3): 1245-1261. DOI:10.5194/hess-23-1245-2019.

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