Since 2012, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona has hosted AQUASEC, a Center of Excellence for Water Security created by IAI, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research. Water security is defined as "availability of adequate quantities and qualities of water for societal needs and resilient ecosystems, in the context of current and future global change."
AQUASEC represents a partnership among universities in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. The Center also is a partner in a similar enterprise, the International Water Security Network, supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation of the United Kingdom.
(Image: AQUASEC's study site river basins of the Arid Americas)