The Institute’s research activities focus on and contribute to the knowledge base concerning the water environment, and therefore complement its other major activities – education and capacity building.
Water security involves protection of vulnerable water systems, protection against water related hazards such as floods and droughts, sustainable development of water resources and safeguarding access to water functions and services.
There is realisation throughout the world that we need to conserve essential life-support ecosystems for our well-being and survival, and to maintain an adequate resource base for coming generations.
With increasing global change pressures (urbanisation, climate change etc.), coupled with existing un-sustainability factors and risks inherent to conventional urban water management, cities of the future will experience difficulties in efficiently managing scarcer and less reliable water resour...
The steadily increasing pressure on natural resources has in many regions led to a precarious balance between the needs of different water users living in river basins and coastal zones.
Information and communication systems address the absolute need for effective use of information and communication technologies in monitoring and acquiring data, computer-based modelling, and decision support and knowledge-based systems.