Nireas - International Water Research Center


Nireas - International Water Research Center

Program at a glance

Funding Agencies 

Co-Funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund of the EU

Program Period


Project Acronym


Project Code


Project Title

NIREAS – International Water Research Center

Project Coordinator

Prof. Despo Fatta Kassinos, Nireas – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


University of Cincinnati

Total Budget

1,398,945 €

Budget for Nireas-IWRC/UCY

1,269,330 €


Program Overview

The activities of Nireas-IWRC included interdisciplinary research aiming at the solution of complex scientific and engineering problems under the unifying theme of water management. The goal was to develop further expertise that will enable an integrated approach to this important issue, coupling chemistry, biology, hydrology, geohydrology, hydraulics, advanced modeling capabilities and experimental/analytical work, computational mechanics, risk assessment, environmental science and education, economics and of course various specialties of engineering in order to face various emerging problems in this field. The overarching aim of Nireas-IWRC was to integrate and leverage this interdisciplinary research for the solution of complex scientific and engineering problems.

Research Pillars

  • Research Pillar 1 – Water Quality, Monitoring and Treatment
    • Advanced Chemical Water Treatment
    • Advanced Wastewater Treatment  through a Hybrid Process 
    • Development and Use of Porous Materials in Water Treatment Applications
    • Characterization of Properties of Particles in Water and  Identification of Organics Adsorbed on Solid Surfaces
    • Environmental Chemical Analysis for Water Quality and Treatment
    • Water Pollutants Impact Assessment


  • Research Pillar 2 – Water Supply and Urban Water Management
    • Water Resource Evaluation
    • Groundwater Resources
    • Protection of Groundwater Resources
    • Groundwater Recharge
    • Development of Mitigation Techniques for Evaporative Loss from Fresh Water Reservoirs
    • Reservoir Sedimentation Monitoring and Management
    • Surface Reservoir Integrity
    • Water Supply and Urban Water Management
    • Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) and Ad-Hoc Wireless Sensor Networks for Leak Detection
    • Numerical Modelling, Prediction and Monitoring of Salt-Water Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers


  • Research Pillar 3 – Socioeconomic Analysis for Water-Related Issues
    • Water-Pricing, Virtual Water, Life-Cycle Assessment, Grey Water, Intermittent Water Supply
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