The focus of DESERVE is on answering complex scientific questions by close interdisciplinary and international cooperation. This is considered the key to addressing the research challenges of environmental risks, water availability, and climate change.

The challenges are reflected by several interdisciplinary work packages as well as closely interlinked disciplinary work packages, all of which involve at least two partners of different nationality and fields of research. A special focus is on the promotion of interdisciplinary education of young scientists.

The following questions are addressed:

By addressing these research topics, DESERVE will establish several tools, databases, and monitoring networks: