AQUASEC: Center of Excellence for Water Security

1) promote water security through adoption and innovation with adaptive management;
2) develop science-policy networks for global-change adaptation in intersectoral and cross-regional contexts;
3) create use-inspired knowledge to address uncertainty under evolving water security challenges.

Water security and adaptive management concept developed by researchers and decision-makers from across the Americas in 2011 (Los Cabos, Mexico); AQUASEC launched March 2012 (Santiago, Chile), as partnership led by Univ. of Arizona (Christopher Scott, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Francisco Meza, Centro de Cambio Global), and Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research.


Climate variability and limited water availability are leading to increased vulnerability and risk for agricultural producers.  AQUASEC projects emphasize capacity-building, enhanced policy design, and adaptation strategies to strengthen responses to climate change impacts on agriculture and water resources.

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River resources are under increasing stress due to climate change and intensive water use to meet the demands of agriculture and urban growth.  AQUASEC projects focus on documenting, understanding, and projecting changes in the hydrological cycle and impacts on vulnerability due to hydroclimatologic variability and global environmental change. more >


AQUASEC projects examine the challenges and opportunities presented by jointly managing water, energy, and climate systems for adaptively responding to global change for increased water security across the Americas.

The function of lakes in storing and releasing water is critical for food security and regional hydroclimatic processes, yet lake systems are experiencing increasing stress from climate change, urban growth, and infrastructure development.

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