10 December 2018 - 14 December 2018
Washington D.C.

IIASA at AGU 2018

IIASA researchers and alumni will participate in the 100th Anniversary American Geosciences Union Fall Meeting 2018, presenting new research on climate policies, water, air, and more. Yoshihide Wada will be presented with the 2018 Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award for his outstanding work in hydrologic science.

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The AGU fall meeting brings together over 23,000 researchers from around the world covering disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. It will highlight the latest discoveries, insights, and advances for the global community of geoscientists, and at the same time raise appreciation of the value and impact of their science among world leaders in Washington, D.C.

A wide scope of AGU 2018 sessions will feature IIASA researchers, alumni, and collaborators:

  • Over 70 first-authored papers are by IIASA staff or alumni (in oral or poster presentations).
  • 15 IIASA staff and at least 50 IIASA alumni are scheduled to make presentations, and among those 30 are former Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants with 7 from 2018.
  • IIASA staff and alumni are conveners of more than 30sessions.

Albert van Jaarsveld, IIASA Director General and CEO, will be a speaker in a Union Session Geoscience Impact in a Complex World: Successful Collaboration with Social Scientists on Friday, 14 December. He will be joined on the panel by NAS President Marcia McNutt and 3 YSSP alumni. The 10:20-12:20 session will be live-streamed on AGU GO and will also be available after the session. To watch, register here.

At this year's meeting Yoshihide Wada, IIASA Water Program deputy director, will be presented with the 2018 Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award. Yoshi was selected for the award for demonstrating exceptional promise for continued contributions in research, education, and societal impacts.

A reception introducing Albert van Jaarsveld to the IIASA community in the US will be held on Thursday 13 December at 5:30-7:00 pm in the NAS Keck Center, 500 5th St. NW. It is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee for IIASA and the U.S. Friends of IIASA. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Additional information for journalists will be available prior to the meeting: To arrange interviews with IIASA researchers please contact the IIASA Press Office.

Below list is a selection of IIASA related sessions and papers; for the full program please visit the AGU Program page

Friday, 14 December, Union Session U52A, Washington Convention Center 202A
U52A Geoscience Impact in a Complex World: Successful Collaboration with Social
Albert van Jaarsveld, IIASA Director General and CEO
Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences
Holmes Hummel, Founder of Clean Energy Works, YSSP 2005
Barry Gold, Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation, YSSP 1985
Brian O'Neill, University of Denver, YSSP 1996

Monday, 10 December


H11T Groundwater, Climate and Adaptation to Hydrological Extremes
Convener and Chair: Yoshihide Wada, Water Program

H13A Advances in Large-Scale Modeling and Remote Sensing of Climate–Hydrology–Human Interactions Toward Sustainable Land–Water Resource Management Session ISession II
Convener and Chair: Yoshihide Wada, Water Program

H11F, G, H Food-Energy-Water Nexus in a Changing World II
Convener and Chair: Junguo Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology (China), and IIASA Ecosystem Services and Management (ESM)  Program, YSSP 2005

NH13A Landslide Remote Sensing, InSAR Based Monitoring, Modeling, and Early Warning
Primary Convener and Chair: 
Dalia Kirschbaum, Research Physical Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, YSSP 2006

PA11K Science to Action: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Interdisciplinary Research II Posters 
Convener and Chair: Margaret Garcia, Arizona State University, YSSP 2014


PA12B-05 IIASA’s Water Futures and Solutions (WFaS) Initiative: A continental-scale hydro-economic model for integrating water-energy-land nexus
Yoshihide Wada, Water Program

H13M-2138 Food and Energy Thirst for Water in China: A Challenge to Water Sustainability 
Junguo Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology (China), ESM Program, YSSP 2005

GC14C-05 The benefits of 1.5°C and targeted poverty reduction in hotspots of climate extremes 
Edward Byers, Energy Program

GH12A-07 The Impacts of Climate Change and Energy Decisions on Air Quality-Related Health in the U.S.
David Abel, University of CA Berkeley, YSSP 2018

H13M-2147 Integrating Input-Output and System Dynamics for Hydro-Socioeconomic Modeling 
Kelly Gustafson, Univ of MD, YSSP 2018

Tuesday, 11 December


B24C Global and Regional Nitrous Oxide Budget: Data, Models, and Uncertainty II
Convener and Chair: Wilfried Winiwarter, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program 

PA23D Science to Action: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Interdisciplinary Research I eLightning 
Convener and Chair: Margaret Garcia, Arizona State University, YSSP 2014    


PA22A-14 Crowdsourcing risk and measuring resilience: Insights from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
Reinhard Mechler, Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program

GC21B-08 National Nitrogen Budgets – A Systematic Approach to Combine and Evaluate Multiple Information on Environmentally Relevant Nitrogen Compounds
Wilfried Winiwarter, AIR Program

GC24B-02 Assessing Global Vulnerability and Exposure to Land, Energy, and Water Impacts from Climate Change
Matthew Gidden, Energy Program

GC22A-02 Identifying multi-sectoral climate and vulnerability hotspots in the world’s major river basins
Edward Byers, Energy Program

Wednesday, 12 December


A31E,F, A33F Urban and regional air quality: Emissions, land surface forcing, & meteorological impacts Session ISession IISession III
Convener and Chair: Gregory R Carmichael, Professor, University of Iowa, IIASA alumnus


GC31D-0738 Forest management for achieving South Korea sustainable development goals: trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services
Moonil Kim, ESM Program, YSSP 2014

GC31D-0734 Mapping Where Local Ecosystem Services Support Resilient Child Nutrition Outcomes
Matthew Cooper, Univ. of MD, YSSP 2018

PA31A-03 Maintaining Credibility of The Social Sciences In The Highly Politicized Debate Over Climate Change
David Victor, UCSD, YSSP 1989

Thursday, 13 December

GC42C Linkages between climate policies and multiple sustainable development goals I
Convener and Liaison: Fabian Wagner, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program

B43A Nutrient-Carbon Cycle Interactions in Terrestrial Ecosystems I
Convener and Chair: Andreas Richter, ESM Program and University of Vienna

H42C Drought: Dynamics, Impacts, Resilience, and Mitigation II 
Convenor and Chair: Ted Veldkamp, Water Program and Vrije University
Convenor: Xiaogang He, The University of Tokyo, YSSP 2017


GC42C-02 Deep Decarbonization Strategies and their Implications for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Keywan Riahi, Energy Program

GC42C-04 Population, sustainable development, and climate change policy
Brian O’Neill, University of Denver, YSSP 1996

GC42C-05 Quantifying the Benefits of Clean Energy Strategies to Co-Manage Air Quality and Climate Mitigation Goals
David Abel, UC Berkeley, YSSP 2018

G42C-06 First Results of a Model-Aided, Structured Negotiation for Convergence Towards Global Sustainability Goals
Marcus Thomson, ESM Program, YSSP 2016

GC43E-2391 Scenarios Limiting Global Mean Temperature Increase Below 1.5°C and Their Implications for Sustainable Development
Keywan Riahi, Energy Program

 GC43F-2424 Integrated assessment of social economic energy efficiency co-benefits in Jing-Jin-Ji region: a case study of cement industry
Shaohui Zhang, AIR Program

GC43F-2430 Towards Phase-Out Overcapacity Policy Solutions for Air Quality and Public Health Improvement in the Jing-Jin-Ji Region of China
Boshu Li, Peking University, YSSP 2018

H42C-03 Changing Risks of Simultaneous Global Breadbasket Failure
Franziska Gaupp, ESM and RISK Programs, YSSP 2015

Friday, 14 December

U52A Geoscience Impact in a Complex World: Successful Collaboration with Social Scientists,
Convener and Chair: Margaret Goud Collins, Friends of IIASA

PA54B International Science Addressing Global Agenda 2030
Convener and Chair: Pavel Kabat, Former IIASA DG and CEO 

GC53C Global and Regional Energy-Water-Land Nexus: Data, Modeling, and Analysis
Convener: Yoshihide Wada, Water Program
Chair: Katherine V Calvin, Earth Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, YSSP 2006

H51C, H52C, H53C, H54B Global Precipitation Measurement, Validation, and Applications
Session ISession IISession IIISession IV
Convener and Chair: Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, YSSP 2005


GC53C-07 A Framework for Charting Water-Energy-Land Nexus Solutions for the Indus Basin
Adriano Vinca, Energy Program

GC54B-01 Terrestrial hydroclimatology and climate change
Peter Greve, Water Program

B53A-02 The use of Shared Socio-Economic Pathways (SSPs) in integrated human-environment research
Brian O'Neill, The University of Denver, YSSP 1998

B52A-05 Intrinsic Microbial Temperature Sensitivity and Changing Biomass Explain Soil Carbon Loss under Warming 
Andreas Richter, ESM Program and University of Vienna

H52F-07 Global assessment of water challenges under uncertainty in water scarcity projections
Peter Greve, Water Program

H53Q-2684 Innovative Water Planning and Management Tool: Estimating Streamflow Depletion Caused by Groundwater Pumping Using Neural Networks
Thomas Boerman, University of Victoria, YSSP 2018

 H51S-1138 Increasing future human-induced nitrogen exports to rivers and sea in the Zambezi river basin
Ting Tang, Water Program

GC51I-0867 Quantifying interactions between smart irrigation technologies and energy transformation in the Indus Basin
Ansir Ilyas, Lahore University of Management Sciences, YSSP 2018

IN52A-03 NASA Disaster Mapping Portal: Leveraging GIS for Disaster Response, Recovery, Resilience and Reporting 
Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, YSSP 2005

U54A-08 Connecting the dots between satellites in space and disasters on Earth 
Dalia Kirschbaum, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, YSSP 2005

H54C-04 Reservoir storage and reliability under evolving streamflow and demand 
Margaret Garcia, Arizona State University, YSSP 2014

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