Towards defining a safe operating space for the entire water resources in a changing climate and society


Pressure on water resources has been mounting in the last decades and continues to grow worldwide, driven by increasing demand for food and energy, improving standards of living and complicated by regional water governance and climate change.

SOS-Water is a EU-funded project, started in October 2022, which aims to define a safe operating space (SOS) for the water resources, accounting concurrently for all relevant water dimensions across multiple sectors and spatial scales under the influence of socio-economic, policy, technological, and climatic changes.

This framework aims to operationalize and downscale the global freshwater SOS to the continental and river basin levels, by integrating water system models (WSMs) in five different case studies in Europe and abroad.

48 Months

of duration

11 Partners

from 9 countries

5 Case Studies

in Europe and abroad

€ 4.099.405

of EU contribution


Rhine Delta


Upper Danube

Danube Delta

Explore SOS-Water project case studies
Our case studies


Die Presse article about our SOS-Water H2020 Project!

January 20th, 2023|

„SOS“ warnt, wenn unsere Gewässer gefährdet sind "SOS" warns when our waters are at risk. This is the title of the article by Veronika Schmidt that the austrian journal Die Presse has [...]

SOS-Water at EGU23: session on water resources policy and management

January 20th, 2023|

As part of the “Water Resources Policy and Management” group of sessions, SOS-Water Project coordinators (IIASA), together with project parterns from Universitat Politècnica de València and Politecnico di Milano, will be convening a session at [...]

SOS-Water Project kicked-off!

January 20th, 2023|

On October 19-20 we kicked off our project SOSwater at the IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) premises. Coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and together with experienced [...]