TRACER (TRajeCtories towards watER security) is a Helmholtz International Research School funded for 6 years by the Initiative and Networking Fund of the President of the Helmholtz Association. The establishment of International Research Schools, which are focused on a scientific topic, creates possibilities to use synergies between the German and international partners to increase research performance while at the same time offering a structured program of doctoral education.
With TRACER we aim to develop a new comprehensive understanding of temporal trajectories of human impacts on natural water systems and reciprocal effects on societies. This understanding will be globally transferable across wide ranges of economic and societal settings. In detail, TRACER will develop methods to
- Back-cast multi‐decadal hydro‐ecological trajectories of human impacts on water and vice versa,
- Disentangle human pressures and natural variability, and
- Reliably forecast future pathways to achieve water security.
TRACER incorporates competences from 4 research partners
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Technical University Dresden together with the cooperation partners
German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)
European Environmental Agency and the
United Nations Environment Program to develop solutions for global water security.
TRACER is organised as an international and interdisciplinary team of
approx. 40 doctoral researchers and their supervisors,
a coordinator for the support of the students and their projects,
a scientific and educational steering committee consisting of representatives of all partners which is responsible for all strategic decisions
and a Council consisting of all scientists and supervisors which ranks PhD applications.
In TRACER we are aware of gender and ethnic/racial disparities in science. We want to realize open-minded and diverse working groups and are supported in this by the equals’ opportunity officer of the UFZ. We emphasize a balance governance, diverse supervision teams and role models in workshops and anti-bias training for all our members.