AI and Water Resources Management

Focused on water resources management and the applications of AI for the cross-cutting importance of water resources for all SDGs, from sustainable management of water resources, wastewater and ecosystems (SDG 6), sustainable water supply for Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), reducing water footprint for Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12), to the role of water and water-related disasters in Climate action (SDG 13) and management of water from source-to-sea for Life below water (SDG 14).

Matjaž Mikoš

Matjaž Mikoš

Professor of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, UNESCO Chair in Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

Matjaž Mikoš is a Professor at University of Ljubljana (UL, Slovenia). His research spans across diferent domains, including soil erosion, sediment transport, torrent control anfd river engineering to water governance and water-related risk reduction. His latest research focusses on landslide risk reduction, droughts and floods, and to sustainable engineering for UN Agenda 30. Mikoš is serving science community as journals reviewer and editor, conference organiser and expert.

Matjaž was the Chairman of the Slovenian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (2014-2019), and is chairing the Slovene National Committee for Intergovernmental Hydrological Programm IHP UNESCO (since 2019) and is member of the Council of Water (since 2023) and the Reconstruction Council of the Goverment of the Republic of Slovenia (since 2023). As the Vice-President of the Slovenian Academy of Engineering (2018-2021 & 2021-2024), he was contributing to advancement of engineering education in Slovenia and beyond. The engineering education is his primary field of expertise, since Matjaž served as Vice-Dean for Research (1999-2009) and as Dean (2009-2021) at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at UL.

Since 2016, he is Chairman of the UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction at UL, and since 2022 he is Chairman of the Global Promotion Committee of the International Programm on Landslides and the Kyoto 2020 Commitment on Landslide Risk Reduction. Since 2023, UL and IRCAI are jointly hosting the World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction, working on the development of a landslide web observatory, using AI tools.



International Research Centre
on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI)
under the auspices of UNESCO 

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana


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