PASI 2013: Training Institute on Adaptive Water-Energy Management in the Arid Americas

With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes, this training will be conducted under the auspices of the AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security. AQUASEC is a collaborative initiative of the University of Arizona, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Water Center for Arid and Semiarid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean, Stockholm Environment Institute, and the International Hydrology Program of UNESCO, among others. The training is held from 24 June – 3 July, 2013 in La Serena, Chile.


The 10-day course is designed to advance conceptual and practical training on Adaptive Water-Energy Management in the Arid Americas. The training will involve advanced conceptual and practical training by international experts in the use and adoption of tools to address linkages between water resources and conventional and non-conventional energy, and interdisciplinary physical and social science approaches to water and energy joint management. The Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP) and Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) models will be used to strengthen diagnostic skills and support integrated policy and co-management of water and energy.

The objective is to strengthen water and energy security through joint management in the context of adaption to global change in the Arid Americas. Specifically:

  1. Provide participants with tools to evaluate potential impacts of energy development on water resources and energy demands associated with water use;
  2. Integrate hydrological, climatic, social and economic development analyses;
  3. Enhance management options for energy and water sectors;
  4. Promote the use of decision-making tools in the management of water and energy under conditions of uncertainty; and
  5. Develop a regional knowledge network of experts in joint energy-water management.


  1. Integrate new understandings of the water-energy nexus and its impacts on vulnerable arid and semiarid environments of the Americas;
  2. Strengthen water-energy security by addressing the challenges of resource scarcity and over-allocation;
  3. Develop adaptive scenario planning for resources tied to rural and urban economic development with multiple social priorities;
  4. Assess impacts over short to long time frames and local to regional scales; and
  5. Enhance governance through assessment of the role of different actors (public, private and social sectors, international organizations) to support decision making.


AQUASEC – Center of Excellence for Water Security

  • Christopher Scott, University of Arizona, USA
  • Francisco Meza, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Sebastian Vicuña,Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile,
  • Elma Montaña, Universidad Nacional Cuyo, CONICET, Argentina

Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) 

  • Holm Tiessen, Director
  • Marcella Ohira, Assistant Director for Capacity Building 
  • Mariana Toledo, Assistant Capacity Building Division 

CAZALAC – Water Center for Arid and Semiarid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean

Stockholm Environment Institute

UNESCO – Hydrological Systems & Global Change Section Division of Water Sciences -Natural Sciences Sector