Freshwater is essential to sustain life, economic development and the environment but it is also a vulnerable resource whose availability and quality varies strongly around the globe. We need to understand the natural and socio-economic processes that affect water resources and develop solutions for water scarcity, flooding and pollution.
Our group develops and applies holistic approaches which promote sustainable and resilient management of water systems. Particularly we study the dynamics of supply and demand of water resources in interaction with climate, land use, energy transition and agricultural management as well as production, trade and consumption. The methods we use include water footprint and life cycle assessment, hydrological modelling and integrated assessment.
We understand water related grand challenges as a shared responsibility, so we engage different stakeholders and sectors to develop both science-based and actionable solutions. To support decision-making, we provide data, models and tools and share our knowledge in academic teaching and science dissemination.