SDG Assessment Core Group

Carlo Giupponi

Co-Chair of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Carlo Giupponi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Director of the Interdepartmental Centre VICCS (Venice Centre for Climate Studies) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), where he teaches classes at graduate and undergraduate level. He is also Dean of the Venice International University. His research activity focuses on sustainability science, spatial analysis, valuation methods, integrated assessment and management of natural resources (water in particular), with focus on socio-ecosystem dynamics and global change.

He has co-authored more than 300 scientific and professional publications, and developed several modelling and decision support frameworks and tools, in particular NetSyMod and mDSS (http://www.netsymod.eu/mdss/).

Water Future Is Important To Me Because…

The Sustainable Water Future Program is an opportunity for the global scientific community to share knowledge and build critical mass to develop solutions in collaboration with policy and decision makers. Contributions to the assessment of Sustainable Development Goals is one example of policy makers could benefit from Program developments.

Marianela Fader

Co-Chair of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Marianela Fader is the deputy director of the International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (UNESCO). She studied Physical Geography in Göttingen (Germany) and did her PhD at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research on virtual water flows from global trade of agricultural products. Her research focuses on climate change impacts on food security and irrigation water needs, land use change, resilience of agricultural systems, stability of the global trade network, biophysical constraints to food production, and agro-ecosystem modelling. M. Fader has received numerous awards for academic excellence and innovative research.

Water Future Is Important To Me Because…

The Sustainable Water Future Program promotes the links between water-related topics, ecosystem health and sustainability of consumption and production, motivating its members to look outside the own scientific box. This Program is also, in my view, an excellent opportunity to work at the interface of science and policy, and thus, a chance to make a difference towards a more sustainable world.

Lars Ribbe

Co-Chair of the Sustainable W-E-F Nexus Working Group and Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Lars Ribbe is a professor for integrated land and water resources management and director of the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) since 2009. His work areas include river basin assessment, modelling and management and he is specifically interested in developing knowledge systems which help decision makers to cope with prevailing water resources related challenges like water scarcity and drought, water use efficiency and water allocation. Recently he has been involved in bridging scientific and sectoral approaches in the context of the water, energy and food security Nexus by forming an interdisciplinary group on that matter at TH Köln.

After obtaining degrees in Chemistry (University of Bremen) and Master of Engineering (Cologne University of Applied Sciences) he received his PhD (Dr.rer.nat) in the field of Hydro-informatics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. At ITT he is coordinating international master programs with relation to water and environmental sciences together with Jordan University, Vietnam Academy of Applied Sciences and the Autonomous University San Luis Potosi, Mexico as part of an international university network involving over 15 universities from around the globe. Furthermore, his current research is related to a systematic analysis of river basins with the aim to provide water governance support in Vietnam, Jordan, Chile, Brazil and the Nile Basin.

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Water future is important for me because we need a strong and functional global network of expertise in order to solve problems at the local level.

Anne Biewald

Co-Chair of the Ground Water Management Working Group and Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Anne Biewald is Deputy Professor for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy at the Justus-Liebig- University Giessen and Senior Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She has successfully led several coordinated research activities and has won the renowned young researcher’s award of the state of Brandenburg on her work on virtual water trade. Her research interests lie in the complex inter-linkages between global trade, policies at different scales, poverty and sustainable ground water use.

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Water Future, as a global research platform, gives me the opportunity to connect with international researchers, covering all aspects of ground water research, irrespective of the national limits set by funding bodies.

Maciej Zalewski

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Maciej Zalewski is the Director for the European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology in Poland.

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Dirk Weichgrebe

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Dirk Weichgrebe is the Head for the Division of Solid Waste Management in Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. Research interests are in solid waste management and energy.

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Yoshihide Wada

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group; Member of the Freshwater Biodiversity Working Group; and Member of the Groundwater Management Working Group

Dr. Yoshihide Wada is a Senior Research Scholar and Deputy Director of IIASA’s Water (WAT) Program. Dr. Wada obtained his PhD degree with distinction (Cum Laude) at Utrecht University in October, 2013. His work also includes estimating and projecting global water scarcity, and assessing the sustainability of global groundwater resources. His current research projects include a hlobal assessment of the sustainability of future food production under socioeconomic and climate change, and water scarcity. He has participated in the IPCC AR5 report (Working Group I).  Dr. Wada has co-authored about 100 publications, 60 of which appeared in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Cross-sectoral collaborations on global groundwater issues and developing the management options.

Karl Halvor Teigen

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Karl Halvor Teigen is an Emeritus Professor in General Psychology  at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Simula Research Laboratory. His main research interests involve the communication of uncertain estimates.

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Tobias Stacke

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Tobias Stacke is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg Germany. His research interests incorporate hydrology modelling.

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Alex Smajgl

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Alex Smajgl is the Managing Director of the Mekong Region Futures Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. His research interests include agent based modelling and participatory assessment.

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Justin Sheffield

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Justin Sheffield is a Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. His research interests include macro-scale hydrology modelling.

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Debra Perrone

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Debra Perrone is a postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University with a duel appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Woods Institute for the Environment. Debra’s research is motivated by the growing water-scarcity challenges and trade-offs that face our society. She collects and collates large sets of data, and she uses analytical tools to mine the big-data and identify hidden spatiotemporal relationships among the many dimensions of water.

Water Future Is Important To Me Because…

Water Future provides an international platform for water experts to collaborate and better understanding the management of our local and global water resources.

Dilek Onkal

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Dilek Onkal is a Professor within Decision Sciences at Bilkent University in Turkey. Research interests include uncertainty communication.

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Hermann Lotze-Campen

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Hermann Lotze-Campen is the Chair of PIK research domain II at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. His research interests include land use modelling.

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Matti Kummu

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group and Member of the Sustainable W-E-F Nexus Working Group

Matti Kummu is an Assistant Professor for Water and Development at Aalto University in Finland. Research interests include global scale water resources assessment.

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Anthony Jakeman

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Tony Jakeman is a Professor within the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the The Australian National University (ANU) and is also Director of the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre, ANU. He has been an Environmental Scientist and Modeller for 35 years and has over 400 publications in the open literature. While his main background is in applied mathematics and hydrological modelling, his strongest interests are integrated assessment methods and decision support systems for water and associated land resource problems with management of uncertainty a major consideration. Experience includes modelling and management of water supply and quality problems in relation to climate, land use and policy changes and their effects on biophysical and socioeconomic outcomes.

Professor Jakeman has undertaken research projects and consultancies for AusAID/DFAT, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission/Authority, many federal, state and local government agencies, and Catchment Management Authorities, often working as project leader. For example, he is leader of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Program on Integrating Socioeconomics, Policy and Decision Support. In 2012, he was presented the Ray Page Lifetime Achievement Award by Simulation Australia. In 2011, he was awarded the Silver Medal of Masaryk University. His H-index is 36 and he is on the most highly cited researcher list by Thomson Reuters (top 1% in Computer Science), 2015. In 2016, he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Cambridge and Lancaster Universities, CSIRO, Cemagref/IRSTEA in France and the US Geological Survey; and is Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University.

Water Future Is Important To Me Because…

Water Future is important to me because the health of the planet and its societies depend on efficient, equitable and environmentally sensible allocation and use of water. Integrated Assessment of water futures for major water issues, can help share and integrate knowledge, generate trust among interest groups, and lead to better decision making.

Naota Hanasaki

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Naota Hanasaki is senior researcher of Center for Global Environmental Research at National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). Dr Hanasaki earned a B.Eng./M.Eng./Dr.Eng. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo. His current research focuses on hydrology and water resources engineering, particularly development of a macro scale physically-based hydrological model incorporating major human activities such as irrigation, water withdrawal, and reservoir operation. He applies it for various global change issues including climate change impact assessment and global sustainable development. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer reviewed research papers.

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Water Future is seeking practical solutions for the water problems in the world. It gives me valuable insight on what I can / should do through research and modelling activities.

Stefan Hagemann

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Stefan Hagemann is a  Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg, Germany. Stefan’s research interests include land surface modelling.

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Simon Gosling

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Simon Gosling is the Director of Research and an Associate Professor within the School of Geography at The University of Nottingham, UK. His research interests lie in the area of model intercomparison.

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Dieter Gerten

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group and Member of the Groundwater Management Working Group

Diploma in Geography (University of Trier, 1996); PhD in Freshwater Ecology (University of Potsdam and Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, 2001); Postdoc scientist and research group leader at PIK (since 2001); habilitation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013) and lecturer in the Geography Dept. (since 2009); author of >80 peer-reviewed papers and 20 books / book chapters.

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Water Future assembles researchers across disciplines and scales: an essential activity in view of the ever-increasing pressure on planet Earth and its global water system.

Animesh Kumar Gain

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Dr. Animesh Kumar Gain is currently working at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. His research expertise is focused in the interdisciplinary field of water resources management including cross-cutting issues such as water security, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), water-energy-food (WEF) security nexus and climate change adaptation. Dr. Gain pursued the Ph.D. degree on ‘science and management of climate change’ from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). Dr. Gain is the recipient of prestigious fellowships (e.g., ‘Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral fellowship’) and awards (such as ‘Outstanding Young Scientists Award 2016’ of European Geosciences Union, EGU). He has published more than 25 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

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I joined the SDG Assessment Core Group of Water Future to enhance my scientific understanding through collaborative research amongst reputed scientists.

Martina Flörke

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group and Member of the Freshwater Biodiversity Working Group

Martina Flörke leads the research group on water at the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel. Her research concentrates on the identification and quantification of consequences of global change for the environment and for societies, in particular related to freshwater quantity and quality. The thematic areas cover the impacts of socio-economic developments, climate and land use changes on water resources. Analysis and evaluation of impacts are accomplished qualitatively by applying scenario development methodologies and quantitatively by modelling and indicator development. She is jointly responsible for the development of the global water modelling framework WaterGAP3 to simulate changes of the hydrological cycle, water use, and in-stream concentrations.

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Siegfried Demuth

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Siegfried Demuth is the Director, International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change(UNESCO) in Germany. His research interests involve statistical modelling of droughts.

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Philipp De Vrese

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Philipp De Vrese is a Postdoctoral Researcher for  the Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, located in Hamburg, Germany. His research interests involve global land surface modelling.

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Pietro Ceccato

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Pietro Ceccato is a Research Scientist within the Lead Environmental Monitoring Program at the The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

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David Budescu

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

David V. Budescu is the Anne Anastasi Professor of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology at Fordham University.   His research is in the areas of human judgement, individual and group decision making under uncertainty and with incomplete and vague information, uncertainty communication and statistics for the behavioural and social sciences.

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Gisela Böhm

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Gisela Böhm is a Professor in the Department of Psychosocial Sciences at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her main research interests are the perception of uncertainty.

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Eleanor Blyth

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Eleanor Blyth is a  Senior Scientist and Team Leader at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), located in Wallingford, UK. Her main research interests are land surface modelling.

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Livia Bizikova

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Livia Bizikova is the Director of Knowledge for Integrated Decisions, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada. Livia’s research interests involve participatory planning and integrated assessment.

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Luna Bharati

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Luna Bharati is a Principal Researcher in Hydrology and Water Resources at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Bonn, Germany. Her main research interests are in catchment modelling.

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David Benson

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

David Benson is a Senior Lecturer within the Environment and Sustainability Institute at The University of Exeter, UK. His main research interests are in Water Governance.

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Stefano Balbi

Member of the SDG Assessment Core Group

Stefano Balbi is a Research Fellow for the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) located in Bilbao, Spain. His main focus is Social-ecological systems and agent-based modelling.

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