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Dor Fridman

Research Scholar

Water Security Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Dor Fridman is a research scholar in the Water Security Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program. His research focuses on modeling the human-hydrological interface. He works to include human water technologies in the Community Water Model (CWatM), including wastewater treatment and reclamation, desalination, and water distribution networks and inter-basin water transfers.

As part of his work in the group, Fridman promotes the Water Futures and Solutions for Israel (WaFS-Israel) Project, using the CWatM to simulate current and future water cycles for two important Israeli river basins. The simulations explore the effects of spatial development on discharge and on the potential for runoff harvesting. His research interests cover the vast field of human-environment interactions. Specifically, he is interested in the water-energy-food nexus, the potential of reclaiming wastewater, the benefits from green infrastructure, and urban hydrology (e.g., the potential of 'Sponge Cities' to reduce water scarcity, risks for water, and risks from water).

Prior to joining IIASA, Fridman dealt extensively with interregional sustainability, the sustainability of food systems, and environmental accounting. His teaching experience includes over five years in different courses and positions. Between 2017 and 2021 he taught Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to MA students in an urban planning program at the Geography Department of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Fridman holds PhD and MA degrees from the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and a BA degree in Geography and Economics from the same institution. He is also a Milken Institute Fellows' Program alumni (2012/3).

Last update: 20 SEP 2022


Smilovic, M. , Burek, P. , Fridman, D. , Guillaumot, L., de Bruijn, J. , Greve, P., Wada, Y. , Tang, T. , Kronfuss, M., Hanus, S., Tramberend, S. , & Kahil, T. (2024). Water circles—a tool to assess and communicate the water cycle. Environmental Research Letters 19 (2) e021003. 10.1088/1748-9326/ad18de.

Smolka, G., Kosatica, E., Berger, M., Kissinger, M., Fridman, D. , & Koellner, T. (2023). Domestic water versus imported virtual blue water for agricultural production: A comparison based on energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions. Journal of Industrial Ecology 27 1123-1136. 10.1111/jiec.13403.

Fridman, D. , Wada, Y. , & Kahil, T. (2023). Evaluating the global wastewater’s untapped irrigation potential. In: EGU General Assembly 2023, 23-28 April 2023, Vienna.