Sara Masia joined the IHE Delft as a postdoctoral researcher in the Integrated Water System and Governance (IWSG) department in October 2017.
She completed her Bachelor Degree in Plant Production and Protection at the Agricultural University of Sassari (UNISS), in 2009, with a thesis on “Evaluation of the effectiveness of antifungal extract of the genus Salvia spp” elaborated during a research stage at the CeRSAA (Centre for Agricultural Experimentation and Assistance) in Liguria, Italy, where, after her graduation, she continued the collaboration working several months as a laboratory technician at the Plant Disease and Molecular Biology lab, collaborating with diagnostic, research, and experimental activities.
She holds a Master Degrees in Agricultural Science in 2013 at the UNISS, elaborating a thesis on “Carbon Footprint for the grape production processes: a case study”. The aim of this work was to better understand the role of vineyards and evaluate the influence of each single phase during grape production on the carbon emission budget.
In June 2017, Sara completed her PhD in Agrometeorology and Ecophysiology of Agricultural and Forestry Eco-Systems, at the Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources (DipNET) of the University of Sassari. Her PhD research focused on the assessment of local and regional impact of climate change on crop water requirement in Euro-Mediterranean Countries, and the assessment of the Mediterranean irrigated agriculture vulnerability. The aims of the study were reached through the conversion and the implementation of the Simulation of Evapotranspiration of Applied Water (SIMETAW#) model in the R programming language by developing two new versions able to estimate crop water consumption and irrigation demand and scheduling at local (SIMETAW_R) and regional scale (SIMETAW_GIS platform).
Since October 2017, her work is directly related to the ongoing EC Horizon2020 project ‘SIM4NEXUS’ (www.sim4nexus.eu). SIM4NEXUS is a 4-year project (June 2016-May 2020) that aims to quantitatively explore the water-energy-food-land use-climate nexus at a range of scales from regional to global, and to incorporate policy directions into this assessment, greatly extending the current state-of-the-art in nexus research and science. Her work is mostly based in designing and developing System Dynamics Models (WP3) for 6 of the 12 case studies involved in the project, going from case study conceptualisation all the way to the delivery of results for the KEE and serious game.
She is engaged in intense collaborations with the project case study leaders, with project thematic model experts, and with Serious Game developers in order to qualitatively conceptualise case study systems according to local stakeholder requirements and interests using causal reasoning and causal diagrams, build quantitative system dynamics models, and define the input data and the SDM structure and results for baseline conditions and for future scenarios based on the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), along with locally-specific requirements based on stakeholder interactions and policy analysis.
She is currently coordinating the WEF-Tools project (https://www.un-ihe.org/projects/water-energy-food-nexus-toolkit-support-sustainable-and-inclusive-socio-economic) to support sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in the SADC and MENA regions. The project is led by IHE Delft and supported by the IHE Delft Partnership Programme for Water and Development programme (DUPC2, https://www.un-ihe.org/dupc).
- 2018. Water Resource Management (WRM07) programme: April 2-10, 2018, Module 7, Water Systems Modelling. Case Study: System Analysis & Modelling
- 2019. Hydraulic modelling using HEC-RAS: September 23-27, 2019, Short Course. System approach for integrated water, energy, food, land, and climate modelling.
- Saad Kibria, 2018. Critical Comparison of three different methods for estimating Actual Evapotranspiration in North America. Case Study: Three study sites in the USA (Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California).
- Elham Bakhshianlamouki, 2018. Assessment of Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Urmia Lake Basin. Towards Integrated Planning and Decision Making
Presentations in workshop:
- 2018. Presentation about System Dynamics modelling in the SIM4NEXUS project in two workshops, one organized by The Netherland case study (April) and the other one by Latvia case study (January). Both aimed to involve the stakeholders in the project.
- 2019. Presentation about System Dynamics modelling in the SIM4NEXUS project in a workshop organized by the Transboundary DE-CZ-SK case study (May) aimed to involve the stakeholders in the project.
-Susnik J., Masia S., Indriksone D., Bremere I., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L.S. 2021. System dynamics modelling to explore the impacts of policies on the water-energy-food-land-climate nexus in Latvia. Science of the Total Environment. 775: 145827. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145827
-Kibria S., Masia S., Susnik J., Hessels T.M. 2021. Critical comparison of actual evapotranspiration estimates using ground based, remotely sensed, and simulated data in the USA. Agricultural Water Management. 248: 106753. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2021.106753
-van den Heuvel L., Blicharska M., Masia S., Susnik J., Teutschbein C. 2020. Ecosystem services in the Swedish water-energy-food-land-climate nexus: anthropogenic pressures and physical interactions. Ecosystem Services. 44: 101141. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101141.
-Bakhshianlamouki E., Masia S., Karimi P., van der Zaag P., Susnik J. 2020. A system dynamics model to quantify the impacts of restoration measures on the water-energy-food nexus in the Urmia Lake Basin, Iran. Science of the Total Environment. 708: 134874. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134874.
-Mulas M., Marras S., Ventroni M., Sodde M., Scarpa C., Cabras M., Bacciu V., Mereu V., Trabucco A., Mereu S., Cosa Saura J.M., Barbato G., Mercogliano P., Villani V., Masia S. 2019.Metodi e strumenti per la Strategia Regionale di Adattamento ai Cambiamenti Climatici, Chapter 1: Caratterizzazione dei rischi derivanti dai cambiamenti climatici per la Sardegna and Chapter 3: Valutazione degli impatti dei cambiamenti climatici e della propensione al rischio per i settori oggetto di studio. Allegato alla Strategia Regionale di Adattamaneto ai Cambiamenti Climatici adottata con Deliberazione della Giuunta Regionale n. 6/50 del 5 Febbraio 2019.
-Masia S., Susnik J., Marras S., Mereu S., Spano D., Trabucco A. 2018. Assessment of irrigated agriculture vulnerability under climate change in Southern Italy. Water (S.I. Sustainable Water Management in Agriculture under Global Change). 10: 209. DOI:
-Janez Susnik, Sara Masia, Daina Indriksone, Ingrida Bremere, Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, and Floor Brouwer. Integrated system dynamics modelling of the water-energy-food-land-climate nexus in Latvia: exploring the impact of policy measures in a nexus-wide context. EGU 2020: Online | 4–8 May 2020
-Serena Marras, Valentina Bacciu, Valentina Mereu, Antonio Trabucco, Sara Masia, Simone Mereu, Paola Mercogliano, Giuliana Barbato, Veronica Villani, Gianluca Cocco, Giovanni Satta, Donatella Spano. Climate change vulnerability and impacts assessment in a Mediterranean region for adaptation purpouses. EGU 2020: Online | 4–8 May 2020
-Antonio Trabucco, Sara Masia, Janez Susnik, Donatella Spano, Simone Mereu. The water-land-energy-food-climate nexus in Sardinia. EGU 2020: Online | 4–8 May 2020
-Terzi S., Susnik J., Masia S., Schneiderbauer S., Torresan S., Critto A. A multi-risk assessment of water scarcity in the south-eastern Italian Alps using a System Dynamics approach. EGU 2020: Online | 4–8 May 2020
-Elham Bakhshianlamouki, Sara Masia, Poolad Karimi, Pieter van der Zaag, Janez Susnik. Assessing the impacts of proposed lake restoration measures on the water-energy-food nexus in Urmia Lake, Iran. DNC 2020 Online | 3–5 June 2020
-Trabucco A., Masia S., Susnik J., Spano D., Mereu S. The SIM4NEXUS approach to policy-relevant nexus research: from system concept to serious game. Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC) 2019. October 23rd-25th, 2019, Trento, Italy
-Susnik J., Masia S., Trabucco A., Mereu S., Spano D., Khoury M., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Brouwer F., Riegels N., Domingo X., Echeverria L., Evans B., Savic D. Representing water-land-energy-food-climate nexus in Sardinia with system dynamics modelling. Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC) 2019. October 23rd-25th, 2019, Trento, Italy.
-Terzi S., Susnik J., Masia S., Schneiderbauer S., Torresan S., Critto A. 2019. Integrated System Dynamics Modelling for a multi-risk assessment of water scarcity in the south-eastern Alps. International Mountain Conference 2019. Innsbruck, Austria. 2-8 September, 2019.
-Masia S., Susnik J., Indriksone D., Bremere I., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Brouwer F. A system dynamics model to explore the water-land-energy-food-climate nexus in Latvia. 16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, CEST 2019, 4-7 September 2019, Rhodes, Greece.
-Susnik J., Masia S., Khoury M., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Brouwer F., Riegels N., Domingo X., Evans B., Savic D. From system concept to serious game: the SIM4NEXUS approach to policy-relevant nexus research. 16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, CEST 2019, 4-7 September 2019, Rhodes, Greece.
-Masia S., Susnik J., Indriksone D., Bremere I., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Brouwer F. A system dynamics model to explore the water-land-energy-food-climate nexus in Latvia. 38th International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, IAHR2019, 1-6 September 2019, Panama.
-Susnik J., Masia S., Khoury M., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Brouwer F., Riegels N., Domingo X., Evans B., Savic D. From system concept to serious game: the SIM4NEXUS approach to policy-relevant nexus research. 38th International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, IAHR2019, 1-6 September 2019, Panama.
-Corchero A., Echeverria L., Westerhof E., Masia S., Anzaldi G., Domingo X., Rubion E., Susnik J., Garcia R., Laspidou C., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L. S., Brouwer F. A NEXUS ontology to support the generation of cross-domain policies. 17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference, CCWI 2019, 1-4 September 2019, Exeter, United Kingdom.
-Masia S., Susnik J., Marras S., Mereu S., Spano D., Trabucco A. Impact of Climate Change on Irrigated Agriculture in Sardinia region. 13th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, HIC 2018. Palermo, Italy. 1 – 6 July 2018. EPiC Series in Engineering, Volume 3, 2018, Pages 1332–1339.
-Trabucco A., Susnik J., Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia L., Evans B., Masia S., Blanco S., Roson R., Sartori M., Alexandri E., Brower., Spano D., Damiano A., Virdis A., Sistu G., Pulino D., Statzu V., Madau F., Strazzara E., Mereu S. Water-Food-Energy Nexus under Climate Change in Sardinia. 3rd Efficient Water Systems International Conference, EWaS 2018. Lefkada Island, Greece, 27-30 June 2018. Proceedings 2018, 2, 609, https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2110609.
-Marras S., Masia S., Mancosu N., Trabucco A., Snyder R.L., Spano D. Crop water requirements estimation at local and regional scale. American Meteorological Society 32nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, June 2016.
-Masia S., Trabucco A., Marras S., Mancosu N., Spano D., and Snyder R.L. Evaluation of Climate change impact on crop water requirement at local and Mediterranean scale. IV Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences hosted by University of Engineering and Architecture, Cagliari, October, 2016.
-Masia S., Mancosu N., Trabucco A., Snyder R.L., Spano D., and Marras S. Impact of climate change on crop water requirements at Mediterranean basin scale. Rome 2015 Science symposium on Climate hosted by FAO – Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nation, November 2015.