16 October 2017

Yoshihide Wada to receive prestigious prize from the European Geosciences Union

2018 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

Water Program Deputy Director Yoshihide Wada has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists, awarded by the European Geosciences Union.

EGU awards honor scientists for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Yoshi will receive his prize at the EGU 2018 General Assembly, which will take place in Vienna on 8–13 April.

Yoshi was selected for the award due to the pioneering nature and scope of his work. 

His research focus has been on capturing the effects of the human footprint on the global hydrological cycle. This new and growing body of work within hydrology is being spearheaded by Dr Wada.

Yoshi's scientific achievements include:

  • Carrying out the first global quantitative assessment of groundwater pumping and depletion
  • Carrying out the first global and regional assessments of transboundary groundwater stress
  • Linking the resulting groundwater depletion to global food trade
  • Establishing a novel method of separating human impacts (water use, reservoirs etc.) from natural climate variability through hydrological model simulations
  • Carrying out integrated assessments of human impacts on groundwater and surface water resources, and establishing a method to quantify water use for livestock, irrigation, industry and households use.

Since joining IIASA Yoshi has expanded his work linking hydrological science to human dimensions including the social, economic and political. He is currently developing new robust hydrological models that can be applied under different hydrological and societal settings worldwide.

Find out more about Yoshi and his work in a recent interview.

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Last edited: 14 March 2018


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