Transdisciplinary Approaches to Water Resource Management

Climate and Socio-economic Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

Virtual on 12th, 14th and 21st of October 2021

This 3-afternoon workshop will strengthen participants’ knowledge on development and use of models and systems analysis approaches, to better understand current and future issues surrounding water resource management under climate change involving climate, hydrological and economic modeling tools. The workshop also involved a mixture of presentations, practical ‘hands-on’ sessions with selected models, in order to place the work in the Southeast Asian region and its specific circumstances.


  • Participants will have a sufficient understanding of the processes involved in interdisciplinary research on water resources management under climate change involving climate, hydrological and economic modeling tools.

  • Participants will have a basic/theoretical understanding of climate and hydrological modeling plus hands-on experience in hydro-economic modeling.

  • Participants will have an understanding offor an interdisciplinary research proposal to evaluate water resources issues under climate change.

  • Participants will have a basic/theoretical understanding of hydrological modeling with CWatM, hands-on experience in hydro-economic modeling and be able to use a basic setting for the Mekong River.

  • Participants will have some time after each session for training and homework

  • Participants will get a Certificate from IIASA and EEPSEA after some final exam homework

  • Participants working on their PhD will be introduced to the IIASA YSSP program and might apply for summer 20223 or 2023


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

The workshop will be facilitated and supported by IIASA, an independent, international research institute with National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Founded in 1972, IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

Resource persons of the course are a team of IIASA scholars, led by Dr. Peter Burek, research scholar of the Water Security Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program. His main field of interest is hydrological modelling but with a strong focus on integrated modeling. Two examples for this integrated approach are the Belmont Forum FUSE project and the GEF, UNIDO, IIASA project ISWEL


  • Basics of hydrological modeling:

    • Understanding the model chain from representative concentration pathways (RCPs) to hydrological modeling to economic optimization

    • Basics (hands-on exercise) of CWatM

  • Basics of interdisciplinary research (proposal development/writing)

  • Basics of Global Agro-Ecological Zones

  • Hydro-economic modeling, hands-on exercise with GAMS & ECHO