WaterTalk: Global water security under changing socio-economic and climate conditions

Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST (GMT -05:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Taher Kahil, Group Leader of the Water Security Research Group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, presents "Global water security under changing socio-economic and climate conditions."

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Water security is essential for sustainable development, underpinning almost all types of economic activity— from agriculture to manufacturing and energy—as well as human health and biodiversity. However, global water security is currently being threatened by growing demand for clean water and increasing uncertainty about water availability. This talk will present advances in integrated modeling of water resources and describe findings related to global water availability and demand assessments under future socio-economic and climate scenarios, their environmental and socio-economic impacts, and potential solutions to enhance global water security.

Speaker bio

Taher Kahil

Dr. Taher Kahil is the group leader of the Water Security Research Group at IIASA. His research interests are in the areas of integrated biophysical economic modeling for basin-scale water policy analysis, the economics of water allocation and water quality, and evaluation of adaptation policy interventions to global changes in water and agriculture. Dr. Kahil leads the development of the large-scale hydro-economic modeling framework (ECHO). He has published over 40 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and policy briefs. Dr. Kahil is a topic editor at the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI) and associate editor at Frontiers in Water (Frontiers).

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