The Water Program

The Water Program was established in 2013 in conjunction with a flagship project, the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative (WFaS), which now forms the core of the Water Programs research.

The IIASA Water Program works across various water-related sectors and management scales. It studies a range of possible future socioeconomic changes and technological innovations.

The program seeks to incorporate water science into assessment and planning studies at the nexus of water, food, energy, and environmental security. Its aim is to establish a critical mass of water knowledge through development of new modeling tools and data collection.

Objectives

  • To compile, consolidate, and enhance knowledge of global water supply and demand balances
  • To incorporate hydrology and hydrologic uncertainty into integrated assessment modeling efforts and scenario development
  • To provide a sound scientific basis for responding to current and future global water challenges by assessing the robustness and complementarity of portfolios of potential solutions.

Latest water news

10 December 2019
Could we cool the Earth with an ice-free Arctic?

The Arctic region is heating up faster than any other place on Earth, and as more and more sea ice is lost every year, we are already feeling the impacts. IIASA researchers explored strategies for cooling down the oceans in a world without this important cooling mechanism.  More

09 December 2019
Highlighting the importance and vulnerability of the world’s water towers

Mountains and highlands are often referred to as natural “water towers” because they provide lowland communities with essential freshwater for drinking, irrigation, industry, food, and energy production. A new Nature study provides insight into this valuable resource, which is crucial to the welfare of 1.9 billion people.  More


Water Program Projects

ISIPEDIA

Project to develop online portal for national-level, cross-sectoral climate-impact assessments, based on state-of-the-art climate-impacts simulations from ISIMIP More

Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL)

A ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to jointly meet water, energy and land demands at the global level, and also zooming into two large transboundary basins facing multiple development and environmental challenges: The Zambezi and the Indus. More

Water Futures and Solutions

The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative is a ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to meet local, national, and global water challenges. It is looking for additional partners from the development, business, and scientific community. More


Water models, Tools and data

Community Water Model

Opensource model to examine how future water demand will evolve in response to socioeconomic change and how water availability will change in response to climate. More

Global Hydro-economic Model

New tool to inform the design of cost-effective and sustainable water policy decisions More


Recent Events

22 Mar 2020
IIASA and World Water Day 2020

World Water Day held annually on 22 March, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living withou... More

26 Jan 2020 - 27 Jan 2020
IIASA at the G20 pre-meeting Towards a G20 Action Plan on Water

IIASA Water Program Director Yoshihide Wada has been invited as a key speaker at the First G20 Agricultural Deputies mee... More

07 Apr 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
IIASA at EGU 2019

IIASA researchers and staff will participate in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019, presenting n... More

22 Mar 2019
IIASA and World Water Day 2019

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March and is about taking actions to tackle global water challenges. IIASA is inv... More




Water research at IIASA

IIASA research programs have continually been active in water science since the Institute's inception in 1972. IIASA played a prominent role in various recent large integrated water projects: WATCH (Water and Global Change); SCENES (Scenarios for Europe and Neighbouring States).



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CONTACT DETAILS

Yoshihide Wada

Acting Program Director

Water/Water Security

T +43(0) 2236 807 241

CONTACT DETAILS

Paula Abarca del Rio

Program and Project Officer

Water/Water Security

T +43(0) 2236 807 448

PUBLICATIONS

Dorninger C, Hornborg A, Abson DJ, von Wehrden H, Schaffartzik A, Giljum S, Engler J-O, Feller RL, et al. (2021). Global patterns of ecologically unequal exchange: Implications for sustainability in the 21st century. Ecological Economics 179: e106824. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106824.

Tian Z, Ji Y, Xu H, Qiu H, Sun L, Zhong H, & Liu J (2021). The potential contribution of growing rapeseed in winter fallow fields across Yangtze River Basin to energy and food security in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164: e105159. DOI:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105159.

Rivas-Tabares D, de Miguel Á, Willaarts B , & Tarquis AM (2020). Self-organizing map of soil properties in the context of hydrological modeling. Applied Mathematical Modelling 88: 175-189. DOI:10.1016/j.apm.2020.06.044.

Willaarts B , Lechón Y, Mayor B, de la Rúa C, & Garrido A (2020). Cross-sectoral implications of the implementation of irrigation water use efficiency policies in Spain: A nexus footprint approach. Ecological Indicators 109: no.105795. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105795.

Andrade Furtado GCd, Amarante Mesquita AL, Morabito A, Hendrick P, & Hunt J (2020). Using hydropower waterway locks for energy storage and renewable energies integration. Applied Energy 275: e115361. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115361.

Solé J, Samsó R, García-Ladona E, García-Olivares A, Ballabrera-Poy J, Madurell T, Turiel A, Osychenko O, et al. (2020). Modelling the renewable transition: Scenarios and pathways for a decarbonized future using pymedeas, a new open-source energy systems model. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 132: e110105. DOI:10.1016/j.rser.2020.110105.

Yves T, Koutroulis A, Samaniego L, Vicente-Serrano SM, Volaire F, Boone A, Le Page M, Llasat MC, et al. (2020). Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios. Earth-Science Reviews: e103348. DOI:10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103348. (In Press)

Hunt J , Falchetta G, Zakeri B, Nascimento A, Schneider PS, Weber NAB, Mesquita ALA, Barbosa PSF, et al. (2020). Hydropower impact on the river flow of a humid regional climate. Climatic Change DOI:10.1007/s10584-020-02828-w.

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