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Integrative Modeling of the Interactions, Connectivity and Interdependence of Water Systems and Ecosystem Services in the Lower Mekong Basin (National Science Foundation (NSF) Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) Category 1, Award # 1204609) – Florida State University, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Aalto University

This is the website for an interdisciplinary research project focusing on examining water sustainability in the Lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia, funded by a grant from the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and involving a group of researchers from Florida State University, The University of Chicago, The University of Florida, Aalto University (Finland) Stanford University and Texas A&M University. This research seeks to establish an integrated modeling framework that effectively explores the interactions, connectivity and interdependence of the social and environmental systems within the Lower Mekong River Basin of Southeast Asia. Employing a multidisciplinary focus and diverse data sources, the research team aims to specifically address the essential role of climate and water to human development in the region and to consider the potential effects of future climate change on the sustainability of the system. This work will serve as a precursor for further study examining the tradeoffs associated with alternative approaches to securing water sustainability in the basin.

The project is sponsoring three Workshops. The first of these was held at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University on April 5-6, 2013. The 2nd Workshop was held on June 12-13, 2013 at the Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 3rd Workshop will be held in the Fall, 2015, at Florida State University. As progress is made toward the achievement of project goals, research updates and Workshop products will be posted on this website, including summary reports and outputs from the Workshops.

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