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Introducing the ZIWR

Prof. Eilon Adar


The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) was founded in January 2002 within the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, atthe Sede Boqer Campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

The ZIWR, now in its advanced stages of establishment, unites under one roof all aspects of water resources research, including extensive research activities in diverse water sciences ranging from groundwater production and desalination technologies to treatments for marginal water sources.

Particular emphasis is placed on research and development of water resources in drylands. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has taken upon itself the challenge of establishing this water institute, recognizing the importance of such an initiative, both now and for the future of the entire region.

The sciences and technologies of water desalination, water engineering, environmental hydrology, hydro-geology, hydro-biology, hydro-chemistry and water resource economics and management are the disciplines practiced in the ZIWR.

The ZIWR is developing a unique graduate studies curriculum in Hydrology, Water Engineering and Water Resources Management, to meet the increasing need for hydrologists, water engineers and water planners in Israel and the Middle East. The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach through the integration of science with engineering.

Two departments operate within the Institute:


In addition, a new Pilot Plant for Desalination and Water Treatment was recently inaugurated on the Sede Boqer campus and will be used for the study and development of advanced desalination technologies. A second pilot plant for the study of flow and transport in groundwater reservoirs (the Artificial Aquifer Laboratory), is also planned.


Trans boundary groundwater reservoirs in the Middle East


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