Peer Reviewed Publications (2021)

These are links to the peer reviewed publications related to USA/Mexico water


Nov 10, 2021

Current Status and Future Directions in Modeling a Transboundary Aquifer: A Case Study of Hueco Bolson

Rocky Talchabhadel, Helene McMillan, Santosh S. Palmate, Rosario Sanchez, Zhuping Sheng, and Saurav Kumar – 2021

The Hueco Bolson aquifer is a binational aquifer shared by the United States of America (USA) and Mexico that is strongly interconnected with the transboundary river, Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. Limited recharge, increasing urbanization, and intensified agriculture have resulted in the over-drafting of groundwater resources and stressed the aquifer, threatening its sustainability if mitigation actions are not taken soon. 

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

AGU – 2021

Can upstream adaptation decisions in a catchment increase the impact of droughts on downstream regions?

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The abundance and characteristics of microplastics in surface water in the transboundary Ganges River

Elsevier – 2021

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Evaluation of Transboundary Water Resource Development in Mekong River Basin: The Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process in the Context of Water Cooperation

Lan, N. (2021) Evaluation of Transboundary Water Resource Development in Mekong River Basin: The Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process in the Context of Water Cooperation. Journal of Water Resource and Protection13, 498-537. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2021.137029.

Mekong River is one of the major international freshwater sources in the world. The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) comprised of four downstream countries, including Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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Oct 28, 2021

The California Environmental Flows Framework: Meeting the Challenges of Developing a Large-Scale Environmental Flows Program

Frontiers in Environmental Science – 2021

Eric D. Stein1, Julie Zimmerman, Sarah M. Yarnell, Bronwen Stanford, Belize Lane, Kristine T. Taniguchi-Quan, Alyssa Obester, Theodore E. Grantham, Robert A. Lusardi and Samuel Sandoval-Solis

Environmental flow programs aim to protect aquatic habitats and species while recognizing competing water demands. Often this is done at the local or watershed level because it is relatively easier to address technical and implementation challenges at these scales.

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Aug 18, 2021

A River of Change – The Rio Grande in the Big Bed Region

USGS – 2021

David Dean, Katherine Jacques, Kimber Petersen, Jojo Mangano

The Big Bend region is located within the heart of the Chihuahan Desert of North America. Within this region, the Rio Grande, referred to as the Rio Bravo in Mexico, is the international border between the United States and Mexico. The area known as the Big Bend is named after the large northerly bend that the river makes before flowing southeast to the Gulf
of Mexico. This region is environmentally protected by both countries.

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Aug 2, 2021

Future upstream water consumption and its impact on downstream availability in the transboundary Indus basin

EGU – 2021

Wouter J. Smolenaars, Sanita Dhaubanjar, Muhammad K. Jamil, Arthur Lutz, Walter Immerzeel, Fulco Ludwig, and Hester Biemans

The densely populated plains of the lower Indus basin largely depend on water resources originating in the mountains of the upper Indus basin. Although recent studies have improved our understanding of this upstream-downstream linkage and the impact of climate change, water use in the mountainous part of the Indus has been largely ignored.

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Jul 6, 2021

Operational planning of WEF infrastructure: quantifying the value of information sharing and cooperation in the Eastern Nile basin

Jeroen Verhagen, Pieter van der Zaag and Edo Abraham – 2021

Integrating the planning of a multi-reservoir system in nexus with agricultural and electricity infrastructure could alleviate security concerns for these resources in regions where demand is growing while water and land scarcity are exacerbated by climate change and anthropogenic pressures. …

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Jul 5, 2021

Agricultural Effects on Streams and Rivers: A Western USA Focus

Robert M. Hughes andRobert L. Vadas, Jr. – 2021

Don’t miss this interesting study about the agricultural effects on streams and rivers in the USA.

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Jun 27, 2021

Transboundary Aquifers between Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico, and California, Arizona and New Mexico, United States: Identification and Categorization

– Rosario SanchezLaura Rodriguez

In 2016, research suggested there might be up to 36 transboundary aquifers located along the border between Mexico and the U.S. The main contribution of this study was to put together the available segments already existent in the literature without considering the validity of the criteria used to define the boundaries of those segments. In 2018, updated research reported 33 hydrogeological units (HGUs) crossing the boundaries between Mexico and Texas. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Water resources management and dynamic changes in water politics in the transboundary river basins of Central Asia

Interested in water politics and transboundary river basins? don’t miss this research about the crisis in Central Asia (CA) and the complex water politics over the region’s transboundary rivers

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Jun 16, 2021

Is the ecosystem approach effective in transboundary water systems: Central Asia as a case study?

Lei Xie, Imad Antoine Ibrahim 2021

In the context of international environmental law and International Water Law (IWL), the Ecosystem Approach (EA) has become a source of heated debate. In recent years, there has been growing recognition of the negative impacts that human activities have on freshwater ecosystems. Accordingly, the protection of such ecosystems has been identified as integral to ensuring the good governance of water resources. This article reviews key areas of research around the conceptualization and application of EA.

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May 31, 2021

Evolving together: transboundary water governance in the Colorado River Basin

Mariana Rivera-Torres & Andrea K. Gerlak (2021) Evolving together: transboundary water governance in the Colorado River Basin, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, DOI: 

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May 31, 2021

Lesson learning in the Colorado River Basin

Mariana Rivera-Torres, Andrea K. Gerlak & Katharine L. Jacobs (2021) Lesson learning in the Colorado River Basin, Water International, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2021.1913782

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May 24, 2021

Groundwater Origin and Dynamics on the Eastern Flank of the Colorado River Delta, Mexico

Hector A. Zamora ,Christopher J. Eastoe ,OrcID,Jennifer C. McIntosh  and Karl W. Flessa – 2021

Don’t miss this interesting research about the groundwater Origin and Dynamics on the Eastern Flank of the Colorado River Delta. Spoiler, some regions exhibited significantly lower rate than what is being withdrawn…

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May 10, 2021

A Review of Climate Change Impacts on the USA-Mexico Transboundary Santa Cruz River Basin

Eylon Shamir,Elia M. Tapia-Villaseñor,Mary-Belle Cruz-Ayala andSharon B. Megdal

Learn about how climate change is affecting the hydrological patterns of the transboundary Santa Cruz River Basin. Follow the full text in the link below

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May 7, 2021

Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules

Jose M. Gonzalez1, Evgenii S. Matrosov1, Emmanuel Obuobie2, Marloes Mul3, Laetitia Pettinotti4, Solomon H. Gebrechorkos5, Justin Sheffield5, Andrea Bottacin-Busolin1, James Dalton6, D. Mark Smith7 and Julien J. Harou1,8 – 2021

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Apr 1, 2021

The abundance and characteristics of microplastics in surface water in the transboundary Ganges River

Imogen E.Napper, Anju Baroth, Aaron C.Barrett, Sunanda Bhola, Gawsia W. Chowdhury, Bede F.R. Davies, Emily M. Duncan, Sumit Kumar, Sarah E.Nelms, Md Nazmul Hasan Niloy, Bushra Nishat, Taylor Maddalene, Richard C. Thompson, Heather Koldewey – 2021

Microplastics (plastic < 5 mm in size) are now known to contaminate riverine systems but understanding about how their concentrations vary spatially and temporally is limited. This information is critical to help identify key sources and pathways of microplastic and develop management interventions. 

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Mar 22, 2021

Rich water, poor people: Potential for transboundary flood management between Nepal and India

Nishikant Gupta, Santosh Dahal, Anil Kumar, Chandan Kumar, Mukul Kumar, Anil Maharjan, Dinesh Mishra, Abinash Mohanty, Allwyn Navaraj, Sanjay Pandey, Anjal Prakash, Eklavya Prasad, Kanchan Shrestha, Mandira Singh Shrestha, Rajan Subedi, Toya Subedi, Rakesh Tiwary, Ramesh Tuladhar, Aparna Unni,

There has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of floods in the region straddling Nepal and northern Bihar. Stricken by acute poverty despite being rich in water resources, frequent floods, and shared vulnerabilities across borders, is a grave concern for the communities in the region. This hazard adversely impacts the lives and livelihoods of millions of people especially the poor and marginalised who draw their livelihood from the immediate environment…

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