DAFNE Project Partners come together in Zurich for a meeting about Model Integration

The Horizon 2020 ‘Decision-Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food NExus in complex and transboundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries’ (DAFNE) project held its official 1st Model Integration meeting at ETH in Zurich on 9th of November 2017.

Representative partners of Work Packages (WPs) 3, 4, and 5 were present in this event, covering a wide variety of sciences and technologies from all over the world, as one can notice from the following consortium list: Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (ETHZ) as coordinator, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU LEUVEN), and Universitaet Osnabruck (U0).

The main goal of this meeting was the sharing, among all partners, of the project progress about the modelling approaches through each of the WPs, aiming to the identification of a model interaction strategy across WPs, by defining, analyzing and harmonizing the targets of the different optimization models to be used. The project tasks are highly interconnected and all what is developed must converge to the pathway developments, which are made of forcing (e.g. climate, land use and demographic changes, policy options, political and economic decisions, etc.), models to evaluate (as much as possible quantitatively) the effects of each pathway, and indicators that serve as metric of the effects and of the impacts.

ICRE8 was represented by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri (ICRE8, AUEB, LSE) and Dr. Nikos Englezos (ICRE8, UNIPI).  Prof. Koundouri gave a presentation on ICRE8’s modeling contribution to the project. In particular, she provided an analytic description of the economic model ICRE8 team developed for the optimal water allocation, in a game theoretical setting, between two countries that compete for water and share the same river basin, accounting for upstream-downstream positions. Main target of ICRE8 remains the integration of all developed socio-economic models within WP4 through the identification of necessary and jointly used variables / indicators.

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