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Strategic lines

The scientific program of the Institute is based on the development of four main strategic lines for the integrated water management.

Sustainable Management of Water Bodies


  • Hydrogeological modelling
  • Quality and pollution of groundwater
  • Aquifer recharge
  • Water and mining

Acuatic ecosystems

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Biological indicators
  • Cyanobacteria

Hydraulic heritage

Extreme events

Water and landscape

Quality and pollution

  • Chemical and biological quality objectives
  • Unconventional analytical methods
  • Emerging chemical and biological contaminants

Water Treatment and Water Reuse

Three main fields of action are considered in terms of water treatment and water reuse research activities: drinking water, urban and industrial wastewater treatment and reclaimed water reuse.

Drinking Water

  • Treatment Technologies. Desalination
  • Detection and removal of micropollutants

Urban and Industrial Wastewater Treatment

  • Biological and physical-chemical processes
  • Membrane technology
  • Advanced treatment processes

Reclaimed Water

  • Nature-based solutions

Economic and Institutional Analysis

Analysis of the design and implementation of economic policy instruments for sustainable water management

  • Individual & collective economic behaviour in relation to water
  • Economic policy instruments-EPIs (pricing mechanisms, markets of tradable permits, risk-management schemes and cooperation-based mechanisms)

Integrated water resources management: economic dimensions

  • Environmental & natural resources economics
  • Climate change adaptation (CCA) and Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Nexus approach (water-energy-food-biodiversity-climate)
  • Hydro-economic modelling & analysis & prioritisation of water investments.
  • Regulatory impact assessment (RIA) and links between environmental policy & macroeconomic performance
  • Cost-benefit analysis (CBA), Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), Cost-recovery analysis, New decision-making theories
  • Integrated assessment frameworks (i.e. social-ecological modelling) and economic valuation of ecosystem services
  • Economic regulation of the urban water cycle

Economic regulation of the urban water cycle

Water Governance