To be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 1:15 pm
Meeting ID: 847 7497 3569
Irrigation with reclaimed wastewater – global and regional research approaches
Dor Fridman, Ph.D.
From the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Water Security research group, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program
Water is a vital human need, yet regional water resources experience ongoing human pressures, including over-utilization and pollution. Water resources management research tends to focus on renewable surface and groundwater, neglecting the utilization of different type of non-renewable and artificial water sources. Reclaimed wastewater already play an important role in various regional and national water systems and are expected to become more dominant in the future due to climate change, and economic and population growth.
Current global research on wastewater reclamation focuses on the quantity and quality of wastewater generation, treatment, and reclamation, yet it barely discusses the use of treated wastewater in specific sector. This talk will cover the current research efforts to explore the role and potential of irrigation with reclaimed wastewater. It will present initial results from currently running studies, focusing on the regional and global scale, exploring different objectives, and relying on different approaches. By doing so, the aim of this talk is to indicate current gaps in scientific research, and to suggest plausible methodologies and research opportunities for the near future.
About the speaker:
Dr. Dor Fridman is a Water Security research scholar at the International Institute for Applies Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. His work focuses on integrated water resource management modeling, with case studies in Israel's Ayalon and Sorek watersheds. Dor develops and implements state-of-the-art models to explore current and future water stress and water stress solutions, with particular emphasis given to wastewater treatment.
Dr. Fridman holds a PhD in Geography from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include food systems sustainability, interregional sustainability, and the exploration of the interactions between and among human and environmental systems.