The objective of the WAT Group is to provide the scientific foundation needed for addressing the quest for water security across scales and to help bridge science-policy-practice gaps related to water management by leading global efforts on integrated assessment of water resources and exploring transformation pathways towards a water secure future.

Water plays a central role in all human activities and needs to be managed efficiently and sustainably. The WAT Group pushes the boundary of transdisciplinary water science enabled by the institute’s recognized expertise in systems science approaches, to provide the scientific knowledge needed to address the quest for water security. The group aims to lead global efforts on integrated assessment of water supply and demand and identify solutions options that improve water scarcity, ameliorate water quality, and enhance resilience to extreme events, while at the same time engaging with key stakeholders at different levels to translate science into policy.

The group’s research has informed the development of various widely used models, which will continually be refined and extended to enable application and analysis at policy-relevant spatial scales. The group contributes to several IIASA research themes including biodiversity and ecosystem services, production and consumption, technology and innovation, and governance and institutions, by providing the water resources research expertise required for the development of a systemic approach to resolving sustainability issues.

News

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10 May 2022

IIASA recognizes outstanding research contributions

IIASA recently instituted a new system of awards to recognize outstanding contributions towards meeting the strategic priorities and values of the institute. We are proud to announce that five IIASA research activities have been recognized in the inaugural 2022 award cycle.
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14 February 2022

Pursuing carbon neutrality and water security in China

China has promised to become carbon neutral before 2060 and has coupled this ambitious target with stringent limitations on industrial water use by 2030. An international team of IIASA researchers and Chinese colleagues explored the effects of simultaneously pursuing these goals.

Projects

Save Water natural background, global warming and climate change

CO-development of Methods to utilize uncertain multi-model based Information on freshwater-related hazards of Climate Change (CO-MICC)

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Advancing WFaS East Africa: Scaling out resilient water and agricultural systems (scaleWAYS)

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Growth and Fiscal Analysis of Risk Layering Strategies (GFRList)

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The World Bank ECA Regional Water Security Initiative: Development of an Assessment and Preparation of Diagnostic Reports

Models

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A model that traces land and water use embodied in production, trade and consumption of agricultural commodities
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Water quality modeling for water availability/scarcity assessment, water-energy-land-environment nexus analysis and identification of cost-effective solutions under long-term changes.

Focus

15 November 2021

The future of the river is in your hands

Options Winter 2021: IIASA research highlights role-playing simulation games as a promising approach to engage stakeholder of sustainable development across sectors in systems thinking and societal understanding of environmental challenges.
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19 August 2021

Water for growth

Impact Sheet #20, August 2021. IIASA and partners in East Africa are studying how the region’s economic development could affect water resources.
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Events

05 May 2022 IIASA

Data Visualization Workshop

11 April 2022 Israel

CWAtM Training Workshop in Israel

05 March 2022 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

IIASA strengthens collaboration and relations with Jordan

Highlighted staff

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Sylvia Tramberend

Research Scholar

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Peter Burek

Research Scholar

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Taher Kahil

Research Group Leader and Research Scholar

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Ting Tang

Research Scholar

Publications