Peer Reviewed Publications (2016-2019)


Dec 31, 2019

Conceptual modeling for improved understanding of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo socio-environmental system

-Jack Friedman, Jennifer Koch, Sophie Plassin, Stephanie Paladino

Social processes are essential components of human-environment systems and their dynamics. However, modeling a tightly coupled socio-environmental system over a large area and across wide social and environmental diversity presents several challenges, given the complexity of the interactions and their spatial heterogeneity.

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Dec 4, 2019

Re-Interpreting Cooperation in Transboundary Waters: Bringing Experiences from the Brahmaputra Basin

Anamika BaruaArundhati Deka , Vishaka Gulati , Sumit Vij , Xiawei LiaoHalla Maher Qaddumi

Several studies have demonstrated the continuum of cooperation on transboundary rivers, but have largely focused on government to government (Track 1) cooperation and formal diplomacy. Formal arrangements like treaties, agreements, joint mechanisms, joint bodies, joint commissions (e.g., river basin organizations), etc., fall within the scope of transboundary waters cooperation. However, in some transboundary rivers, often due to political constraints, Track 1 cooperation might not be a feasible option. When governmental cooperation is a non-starter, effort and progress made outside the government domain through informal dialogues can play a significant role.

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Nov 28, 2019

Fractionation of chemical species in surface water from El Granero reservoir, Chihuahua, Mexico

Z. K. Ortíz‐Caballero, Rentería‐Villalobos, M. E. Montero‐Cabrera, G. Manjón‐Collado, E. Santellano‐Estrada, A. Rentería‐Monterrubio

Chemical species are highly dependent on the physical and chemical parameters of aquatic ecosystems. The aim of this work was to determine and characterise the fractionation of several chemical species (in colloidal and dissolved phase) in water from El Granero dam.

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Nov 13, 2019

Transboundary Aquifers at the 2019 UN General Assembly 6thCommittee:

The integrated and inter-disciplinary research conducted by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)seeks to address real-world knowledge gaps in partnership with government institutions, NGOs, private institutions and local communities. Our researchers hold considerable expertise in the fields of comparative, EU and international environmental law, with regard to, among others, biodiversity, land, food and agriculture, climate change and energy, water and oceans, as well as corporate accountability, environmental justice, human rights and sustainable development.

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Nov 10, 2019

Water diplomacy and nexus governance in a transboundary context: In the search for complementarities

Gloria Salmoral, Nynke C.E.Schaap, Julia Walschebauer, Areen Alhajaj

Growing evidence within nexus research has highlighted the importance for sustainable governance of considering the interdependencies between water, energy, food and the environment, whereas water diplomacy has provided the necessary tools to address water conflicts of a transboundary nature. This paper therefore identifies and evaluates unrealised complementarities between nexus governance and water diplomacy, and discusses the benefits of integrating both for improved transboundary basin management.

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Aug 16, 2019

The status of the UN Watercourses Convention: does it still hold water?

-Gabriel Eckstein

The UN Watercourses Convention brought the world’s nations how to share and manage freshwater resources that traverse international political boundaries…

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Apr 30, 2019

Gestión del balance hidrológico mediante la técnica del tritio/helio

-Nicole Jawerth

Gestionar el agua es como administrar el dinero que tenemos en el banco: hay que saber exactamente cuánto
ingresaremos, cuánto podemos gastar y qué podría provocar un cambio en la situación.

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Feb 20, 2019

Hydrological Modeling in the Rio Conchos Basin Using Satellite Information

-Paul Hernandez

The hydrologic modeling is a useful tool for integrated water management in watersheds. Its construction generally requires precipitation information and different physical parameters related to a watershed. In Mexico, the availability of official rainfall information, which is reliable and sufficient, is a challenge today. In some areas, there is the right amount of information but of poor quality, while other locations have few climatological stations.

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Jan 15, 2019

Updating the Register of International River Basins of the world

-Melissa McCracken and Aaron T. Wolf

Did you know that there are 310 international river basins shared by 150 countries and cover 47.1% of the Earth’s land surface? Read more about transboundary basins in this paper

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Dec 26, 2018

A national approach to systematic transboundary aquifer assessment and conceptualisation at relevant scales: A Malawi case study

Interested in transboundary aquifers assessment? check out this paper where the authors proposed a border based approach and system conceptualization to manage local and regional aquifers in Malawi

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Oct 19, 2018

Exploring Cooperative Transboundary River Management Strategies for the Eastern Nile Basin

Kevin G. Wheeler Jim W. Hall Gamal M. Abdo  Simon J. Dadson Joseph R. Kasprzyk Rebecca Smith Edith A. Zagona

With the development of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, both a risk and an opportunity have emerged for the countries of the eastern Nile Basin. Benefits and costs of the dam are contingent not only on how the new dam will be managed but also on how the downstream countries will adapt to the new dam. This study presents a process for the countries to consider when seeking cooperative management solutions. The process begins by identifying the needs of each country and then uses both automated search methods and refinement of cooperative arrangements to iteratively seek solutions. The method focuses on how the existing management of the system can be incrementally adapted to meet the needs of all countries.

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Oct 3, 2018

Monitoring Transboundary Water Cooperation in SDG 6.5.2: How a Critical Hydropolitics Approach Can Spot Inequitable Outcomes

Hussam Hussein, Filippo Menga and Francesca Greco

This article contributes to critical sustainability studies through an interrogation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their action towards improving access to water and sanitation. This is done through an analysis of ‘SDG 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all’, specifically focusing on Target 6.5: ‘By 2030, implement integrated water-resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate’, and its related Indicator 6.5.2, ‘Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation’.

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Aug 18, 2018

Sequential indicator simulation for a three-dimensional distribution of hydrofacies in a volcano-sedimentary aquifer in Mexico City

-Eric Moales

The Mexico City aquifer is a complex mix of alluvial deposits and volcanic rocks overlapped by an aquitard composed of lacustrine deposits. To characterize this heterogeneous hydrogeologic system, a three-dimensional model of the distribution of hydro facies is constructed using borehole lithological records

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Jun 15, 2018

A Joint Management of Transboundary Aquifers: From Asymmetries to Environmental Protection

Gonzalo Hatch Kuri

Mexico lacks a public policy for the management of its transboundary aquifers. Based on theguidelines and international instruments developed for this purpose and considering the asym-metries that characterize the management of transboundary groundwater between Mexicoand the United States, this work examines an academic proposal for the joint management ofthose international watercourses…

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Apr 19, 2018

Managing the Cascading Risks of Droughts: Institutional Adaptation in Transboundary River Basins

AGU – 2021

Dustin E. Garrick, Edella Schlager, Lucia De Stefano, Sergio Villamayor-Tomas

Transboundary river basins experience complex coordination challenges during droughts. The multiscale nature of drought creates potential for spillovers when upstream adaptation decisions have cascading impacts on downstream regions. This paper advances the institutional analysis and development (IAD) framework to examine drought adaptation decision-making in a multijurisdictional context.

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Feb 12, 2018

Mapping Monthly Water Scarcity in Global Transboundary Basins at Country-Basin Mesh Based Spatial Resolution

-Dagmawi Mulugeta Degefu, He Weijun, Liao Zaiyi, Yuan Liang, Huang Zhengwei, An Min 

Transboundary basins are key sources of freshwater and must be managed in a sustainable way, reducing the number of people facing water scarcity and avoiding international water conflicts

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Dec 4, 2017

Nonlinear consolidation in randomly heterogeneous highly compressible aquitards

-Eric Morales Zapata

Severe land subsidence due to groundwater extraction may occur in multiaquifer systems where highly compressible aquitards are present. The highly compressible nature of the aquitards leads to nonlinear consolidation where the groundwater flow parameters are stress-dependent

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Sep 4, 2017

Perspectiva Actual y Futura de los Recursos Hídricos en la Cuenca del Río Bravo

-Paul Hernandez

El agua en la cuenca del río Bravo se maneja de acuerdo con la legislación mexicana y los tratados internacionales establecidos. Dicha gestión toma como base los derechos y exigencias de cada usuario de la misma y considera la disponibilidad del recurso en los embalses principales dentro de ésta. Según los estudios técnicos realizados por la Comisión Nacional del Agua en la Región Hidrológica núm.

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Sep 2, 2017

Sistema de información geográfica binacional de la cuenca del río Bravo

-Paul Hernandez

La planificación hídrica utiliza diferentes fuentes de información para conocer la disponibilidad de agua en una región, tanto en cantidad como en calidad. Los sistemas de información geográfica (sig) son utilizados ampliamente, durante la etapa de planificación, debido a que almacenan, procesan y proporcionan datos empleados en estudios y modelos hidrológicos

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Apr 5, 2017

El valor de la entrada en vigor del Acuerdo sobre el Sistema Acuífero Guaraní

Ricardo Hirata, Francesco Sindico, and Alberto Manganelli

The integrated and inter-disciplinary research conducted by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG)seeks to address real-world knowledge gaps in partnership with government institutions, NGOs, private institutions and local communities. Our researchers hold considerable expertise in the fields of comparative, EU and international environmental law, with regard to, among others, biodiversity, land, food and agriculture, climate change and energy, water and oceans, as well as corporate accountability, environmental justice, human rights and sustainable development.

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Mar 6, 2017

Hydrochemistry and 222Rn Concentrations in Spring Waters in the Arid Zone El Granero, Chihuahua, Mexico

Marusia Rentería-Villalobos, Alejandro Covarrubias-Muños, Alfredo Pinedo-Álvarez and Guillermo Manjon-Collado

Water in arid and semi-arid environments is characterized by the presentation of complex
interactions, where dissolved chemical species in high concentrations have negative effects on the
water quality. Radon is present in areas with a high uranium and radium content, and it is the main
contributor of the annual effective dose received by humans.

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Jul 15, 2016

Existing Opportunities to Adapt the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin Water Resources Allocation Framework

The study of the Rio Grande/Bravo (RGB) Basin water allocation demonstrates how the United States (U.S.) and Mexico have consolidated a transboundary framework based on water sharing. 

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Jun 29, 2016

A unified hydrogeological conceptual model of the Milk River transboundary aquifer, traversing Alberta (Canada) and Montana (USA)

-Marie-Amélie Pétré, Alfonso Rivera, René Lefebvre, M. Jim Hendry & Attila J. B. Folnagy Hydrogeology Journal volume

A conceptual model of the transboundary Milk River Aquifer (MRA), extending across the Canada–USA border, was developed based on literature, focused fieldwork and a three-dimensional geological model.

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Mar 6, 2016

Arsenic, lead, and uranium concentrations on sediments deposited in reservoirs in the Rio Grande Basin, USA–Mexico border

The El Granero reservoir is the last reservoir of the RioConchosbeforeitjoinstheRioGrandeattheMexico–USA border. This reservoir, together with the San Marcos reservoir, is located in the arid region of Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Jan 31, 2016

Hydrologic implications of GRACE satellite data in the Colorado River Basin

Did you know that satellites can be used to monitored groundwater resources? Read in this paper how GRACE mission from NASA was used to reconstructing long‐term groundwater storage anomalies in Colorado River Basin

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