BGU is recognized by the United Nations as a world leader in desert research, water resources and sustainable development of drylands.

BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are focused on harnessing the arid-zone ecosystem for human habitation. The Blaustein Institutes are comprised of three world-renowned research institutes: the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research. The knowledge gained here is shared with the world, where the rapid expansion of desert, called desertification, affects 1 billion people in 100 countries.

Its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) offers English-language master and doctoral degree programs in desert studies, and hydrology and water quality.

“Israel is moving straight ahead in producing water with major desalination plants and we get more and more each year this way from seawater. This will be the solution for Israel and Jordan.”
–Prof. Eilon Adar

Arid lands make up 40 percent of the planet’s landmass, and growing. Support BGU’s research in preventing desertification.

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We Are One Step Closer to Hydrogen-Fueled Cars

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Tags: Alternative Energy, Desert & Water Research

BGU has unlocked a mechanism enabling the use of solar energy to create cheap, efficient and clean fuel.

Louisiana and Israel Face Water Issues Together

November 1, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Leadership, Awards & Events

Collaboration with BGU could lead to research that would help Louisiana’s flooding and erosion.

BGU and Chicago Universities Address Water Challenges

October 18, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Press Releases

BGU, UChicago and Northwestern University exchanged and funded ideas to address water-related problems.