Water Research in Asia

FUSE: Food-water-energy for Urban Sustainable Environments, a first visit

FUSE aims to develop a long-term water-food-energy-social systems model to support the sustainable growth of rapidly growing urban environments. More

Is Asia facing a coming water crisis?

Options Summer 2018: Water scarcity in Asia is likely to get worse over the coming decades, and new research from the IIASA Water Program has shown that increased water demand due to socioeconomic development is likely to be the main cause in large parts of the continent. More

Knowledge sharing and stakeholder engagement in the Indus Basin

A two-part event bringing over 100 researchers and policy makers from the four basin countries and beyond to share knowledge and advance collaborative efforts for sustainable resource management  More

I Stakeholder Workshop in the Indus Basin

IIASA to meet Indian and Pakistan stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities for cross-sectoral and transboundary cooperation in the areas of water, energy, and land in the Indus Basin More

Climate plays a major role in decline of one of Asia's most critical water resources

Climate variability, rather than the presence of a major dam, is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to new research. More

Changing rainfall patterns linked to water security in India

Changes in precipitation, which are linked to the warming of the Indian Ocean, are the main reason for recent changes in groundwater storage in India. More


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Byers, E. , Parkinson, S. , Balkovic, J. , Burek, P. , Ebi, K., Gidden, M. , Grey, D., Greve, P., et al. (2018). Global climate and development hotspots assessment: Asia under pressure. In: 5th Asian Energy Modelling Workshop, 10-12 September 2018, Singapore.

Mukherjee, A., Bhanja, S.N., & Wada, Y. (2018). Groundwater depletion causing reduction of baseflow triggering Ganges river summer drying. Scientific Reports 8 (1), e12049. 10.1038/s41598-018-30246-7.

Shan, Y., Guan, D., Hubacek, K., Zheng, B., Davis, S.J., Jia, L., Liu, J., Liu, Z., et al. (2018). City-level climate change mitigation in China. Science Advances 4 (6), eaaq0390. 10.1126/sciadv.aaq0390.

Asoka, A., Wada, Y. , Fishman, R., & Mishra, V. (2018). Strong Linkage Between Precipitation Intensity and Monsoon Season Groundwater Recharge in India. Geophysical Research Letters 45 (11), 5536-5544. 10.1029/2018GL078466.

Willaarts, Barbara (2018). Envisioning desirable pathways for the Indus Basin. In: Indus Basin Knowledge Forum (IBKF), 31 May-2 June 2018, Laxenburg, Austria.

Zhong, H., Sun, L., Fischer, G., Tian, Z., van Velthuizen, H., & Liang, Z. (2017). Mission Impossible? Maintaining regional grain production level and recovering local groundwater table by cropping system adaptation across the North China Plain. Agricultural Water Management 193, 1-12. 10.1016/j.agwat.2017.07.014.

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