Trend Observatory on Water

Global trends in water and beyond - SDC's Trend Observatory

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The Trend Observatory on Water aims at keeping the RésEAU members informed about emerging trends and innovative approaches in the water and related sectors. Global developments such as climate change, population growths, and diminishing resources put increasing stress on the use and management of the world’s water resources. Recent studies reveal that rapid changes can be observed globally in both, freshwater availability and the ecosystems sustainin​​g them. Therefore, identifying and assessing emerging challenges and opportunities in the water and related sectors is becoming increasingly important to enable adequate responses.

Online platform

​The Trend Observatory has its own website, which provides regular Trend News on innovations, Trend Sheets providing more in-depth analyses of relevant global trends and their implications, podcasts, videos and access to RésEAU webinars and external resources.​

Trend Shee​​ts

Thematic “Trend Sheets” analyse specific global trends. The first Trend Sheet focuses on the opportunities offered by digital technologies for reduction of inequalities related to water availability, accessibility and distribution. The second Trend Sheet summarises the state of research on climate change effects on the mountain cryosphere and provides insights on why and how water resource management needs to adopt more risk-based and transformative approaches to deal with related uncertainties and rapid change.

[online] Trend Sheet #2 Climate change effects on the mountain cryosphere (EN)​

Trend Sheet #1 Digital Technology (EN)

Trend Sheet #1 Les technologies numériques (FR)

Trend Sheet #2 On Thin Ice (EN).pdf

Trend_sheet #2 Au sujet de la glace mince (FR).pdf

Trend News

Trend New #1 Virtual reality to train water engineers of the future​

Watch the video on the Global Trends and Water      Webinar Recording from 20 January 2020


Webinar Recording from 10 May 2021