US and North American Research and Projects

Collection of Research and Datasets on the Columbia River Basin
Research and data collected on the Columbia River Basin from projects completed 2010 to the present. Includes collaboration with the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance, the film A River Loved, and Master's and PhD research by OSU graduates.

U.S. Western Water Institutional Solutions Project
A collaboration between OSU and the US Bureau of Reclamation from 2005-2012 that aimed to increase institutional capacity in the BOR and further understanding water conflict and cooperation in the western U.S.

Collection of Research and Datasets on the Colorado River Basin
Research and data collected by then-OSU student Nathan Eidem on the Upper Colorado River Basin for his PhD dissertation.  Includes a searchable database of events in the regions from 1970-2005.

Basin Level Datasets for Anticipating Future Water Scarcity and Conflict in Oregon
A set of data and research (2008) complied to gain an understanding of water resources in Oregon that compares hydrologic data, demographic data and hydro-political data. 

International Research and Projects

Student Research in the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Joint Education Programme
Read about the exciting research completed by graduates from the Joint Masters Water Cooperation and Diplomacy Programme between Oregon State University, IHE-Delft, and University for Peace. 

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme - River Basins Component
In partnership with UNEP-DHI and GEF, OSU researchers collaborated to complete the most comprehensive assessment (2016) of the world’s 286 transboundary river basins and to identify hotspots at risk from a variety of issues, including water quantity, water quality, ecosystems, governance, and socioeconomics. 

Navigating Cultural Currents: the Sixaola River Basin Story
This is a collection of Dacotah Splichalova's research for her Master's thesis (2017) that explores the importance of culture and values held for water resources in the Sixaola River Basin between Costa Rica, Panama, and indigenous territories. 

Investigating Management of Transboundary Basins between Sovereign Countries and Non-Sovereign Entities
This is a collection of Mehmet Altingoz's research for his Master's thesis (2017) on hydro-political tension risks in transboundary basins with non-sovereign entities. 

Basin Rights of International Rivers - International River Law Network
Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of International Law at Hohai University, Dr. Wang Zhijian, presents a model for estimating the basin rights of international rivers to aid in determining appropriate allocations between basin states.

Mechanisms of Cooperation for States' Construction of Large-Scale Water Infrastructure Projects in Transboundary River Basins
This is a collection of Dr. Jacob Petersen-Perlman's research for his PhD dissertation (2014), publications, content analysis, maps, and other works.

International River Basin Management in the Face of Change: Syr Darya Basin Case Study
This is a collection of Dr. Mariya Pak's research for her PhD dissertation (2014) on the Syr Darya River Basin and the Isfara River in the Ferghana Valley. It includes related publications and translated treaties and agreements analyzed in the dissertation. 

Human Security Dimensions of Dam Development in the Nile and Mekong River Basins
This is a collection of Dr. Jennifer Veilleux's research for her dissertation (2014) that includes related publications, content analysis, maps, photographs.

Integrative Dam Assessment Modeling (IDAM)
This tool is designed to integrate biophysical, socioeconomic, and geopolitical perspectives into a single cost/benefit analysis of dam construction. The tool holds 21 different impacts of dam construction within three parameters of socio-economic, geopolitical, and biophysical categories.  Both the IDAM Manual and the associated peer-review paper are available for download. 

Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements
This Atlas (2002), directed by Dr. Aaron Wolf in collaboration with UNEP and the FAO, contains a historical overview of international river basin management; a detailed listing of more than 400 international freshwater agreements; and a collection of thematic maps. 

Case Studies - Water Conflict Resolution
Fourteen Cases Studies (2008) compiled by Dr. Aaron Wolf and Dr. Josh Newton summarize the process of conflict resolution in 14 transboundary basins for comparative purposes. 

Basins at Risk
The Basins at Risk (BAR) project (2001) addresses a series of overarching gaps in research on freshwater resources and international conflict by providing a quantitative, global scale exploration of the relationship between freshwater resources and conflict.

Indigenous Water Conflict Resolution Methods
This paper (2000), by Dr. Aaron Wolf, investigates how indigenous peoples of two dryland regions –  the Berbers of the High Atlas Mountains and the Bedouin of the Negev Desert – approach negotiations brought about by water scarcity and fluctuation, and their methods are described in the context of current international hydro-politics.

Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience along International Waters
Directed by Dr. Aaron Wolf and supported by UNEP (2005-2009), this is a five-part series of continental reports focuses on the hydropolitical vulnerability and resilience along international waters containing treaty information, cooperative agreements and pertinent basin and regional maps.

Regional Water Governance Benchmarking Project (ReWaB)
A study of water governance capacity (2010) in five Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, and Oman, including a collection of searchable legal and policy documents from each country, as well as records from workshops held in the MENA region.

Mapping the Resilience of International River Basins to Future Climate Change-Induced Water Variability
The World Bank commissioned a report (2010) investigating interactions of climate change and related water variability and the capacity of transboundary water resource management. The results show differences in both vulnerability to climate change-induced water variability and adaptation capacity across river basins.