AQUASEC is a virtual "umbrella center" that groups projects, people and institutions from all over the world to study water security in the (Arid) Americas.
AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security maintains three objectives:
promote water security
develop science-policy networks
create research-based knowledge
In 2011, researchers and decision-makers from across the Americas gathered in Los Cabos, Mexico to develop concepts for water security and adaptive management.
To further develop these concepts and address the uncertainty of water security amidst global change, the University of Arizona (led by Dr. Christopher Scott, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy) partnered with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (led by Dr. Francisco Meza, Centro de Cambio Global) to create a Center of Excellence for Water Security.
With support from the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), AQUASEC launched in March 2012 in Santiago, Chile.