A Regional Water Model

Jordan River entering Galil Sea

The spatially explicit regional model has water as focal commodity while accommodating special detail on a) agriculture as largest water consumer, b) the secure and safe water delivery to the industrial sector and to rural and urban households and c) innovative desalination and water treatment techniques.
The model has the particular feature that it quantifies the welfare gains of cooperation between the countries while accounting for hydrological laws of water flows and balancing, water quality and the spatial-temporal variability of biophysical and socio-economic  information. By this the model equips decision makers and negotiators with a tool that may assist them in quantifying in physical as well as in economic terms the implications of possible scenarios for concerted water management in the basin.
The regional water model identifies income differences between social groups in both urban and rural areas and also pays attention to gender aspects, particularly with respect to labor utilization. Regarding the ecological aspects, it keeps track of the variation in ecological conditions and can account for the impact of given climate change scenarios.