Socio-hydrology and transboundary rivers
Socio-hydrology and transboundary rivers
Editor(s): Fuqiang Tian, Günter Blöschl, Murugesu Sivapalan, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, and Jing Wei
Transboundary rivers form a complex socio-hydrological system in which hydrological (e.g. runoff), political (e.g. national power), and socio-economic (e.g. potential economic gains from a river) factors interact over multiple timescales and space scales and are further complicated by multiple governance sovereignty. This feedback mechanism has led to conflict and cooperation dynamics as emergent phenomena. Taking a socio-hydrological approach to tackle transboundary river issues can provide informative insights into the resilient mechanisms underpinning sustainable water management by explaining the emergent cooperation and conflict dynamics.

This special issue calls for a wide range of submissions on diverse, innovative, and cross-cutting studies of the dynamics of human–water systems in transboundary rivers, with a focus on exploring feedback mechanisms that underpin the coevolution of these coupled human–water systems and on improving our understanding of conflict and cooperation dynamics that manifest differently in different climatic and socio-economic contexts. Potential submissions can be in but are not limited to the following areas.

  1. Conceptual, empirical socio-hydrological models that investigate the emergent conflict/cooperation dynamics in transboundary rivers
  2. Statistical analysis for determining the important hydrological and societal factors that play significant roles in the conflict and cooperation dynamics
  3. Developing new narrative methods for a better understanding of the conflict or cooperation dynamics in transboundary rivers
  4. Comparative studies across multiple transboundary river basins with different hydrological and societal settings
  5. Innovative assessment of episodes of conflict and cooperation over global international river basins
  6. General understanding of coevolution patterns of coupled transboundary human–water systems caused by water quantity and/or quality issues.

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17 Mar 2023
Cooperation in a transboundary river basin: a large-scale socio-hydrological model of the Eastern Nile
Mohammad Ghoreishi, Amin Elshorbagy, Saman Razavi, Günter Blöschl, Murugesu Sivapalan, and Ahmed Abdelkader
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 27, 1201–1219,,, 2023
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06 Oct 2022
Socio-hydrological modeling of the tradeoff between flood control and hydropower provided by the Columbia River Treaty
Ashish Shrestha, Felipe Augusto Arguello Souza, Samuel Park, Charlotte Cherry, Margaret Garcia, David J. Yu, and Eduardo Mario Mendiondo
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4893–4917,,, 2022
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02 Aug 2022
A system dynamic model to quantify the impacts of water resources allocation on water–energy–food–society (WEFS) nexus
Yujie Zeng, Dedi Liu, Shenglian Guo, Lihua Xiong, Pan Liu, Jiabo Yin, and Zhenhui Wu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3965–3988,,, 2022
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05 May 2022
Satellite observations reveal 13 years of reservoir filling strategies, operating rules, and hydrological alterations in the Upper Mekong River basin
Dung Trung Vu, Thanh Duc Dang, Stefano Galelli, and Faisal Hossain
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2345–2364,,, 2022
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28 Apr 2022
A socio-hydrological framework for understanding conflict and cooperation with respect to transboundary rivers
Yongping Wei, Jing Wei, Gen Li, Shuanglei Wu, David Yu, Mohammad Ghoreishi, You Lu, Felipe Augusto Arguello Souza, Murugesu Sivapalan, and Fuqiang Tian
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2131–2146,,, 2022
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01 Mar 2022
Building a methodological framework and toolkit for news media dataset tracking of conflict and cooperation dynamics on transboundary rivers
Liying Guo, Jing Wei, Keer Zhang, Jiale Wang, and Fuqiang Tian
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1165–1185,,, 2022
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17 Feb 2022
Future upstream water consumption and its impact on downstream water availability in the transboundary Indus Basin
Wouter J. Smolenaars, Sanita Dhaubanjar, Muhammad K. Jamil, Arthur Lutz, Walter Immerzeel, Fulco Ludwig, and Hester Biemans
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 861–883,,, 2022
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07 Feb 2022
Drastic decline of flood pulse in the Cambodian floodplains (Mekong River and Tonle Sap system)
Samuel De Xun Chua, Xi Xi Lu, Chantha Oeurng, Ty Sok, and Carl Grundy-Warr
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 609–625,,, 2022
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16 Jun 2021
Water resources management and dynamic changes in water politics in the transboundary river basins of Central Asia
Xuanxuan Wang, Yaning Chen, Zhi Li, Gonghuan Fang, Fei Wang, and Haichao Hao
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3281–3299,,, 2021
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09 Apr 2021
Socio-hydrologic modeling of the dynamics of cooperation in the transboundary Lancang–Mekong River
You Lu, Fuqiang Tian, Liying Guo, Iolanda Borzì, Rupesh Patil, Jing Wei, Dengfeng Liu, Yongping Wei, David J. Yu, and Murugesu Sivapalan
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1883–1903,,, 2021
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31 Mar 2021
News media coverage of conflict and cooperation dynamics of water events in the Lancang–Mekong River basin
Jing Wei, Yongping Wei, Fuqiang Tian, Natalie Nott, Claire de Wit, Liying Guo, and You Lu
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1603–1615,,, 2021
24 Feb 2021
A novel causal structure-based framework for comparing a basin-wide water–energy–food–ecology nexus applied to the data-limited Amu Darya and Syr Darya river basins
Haiyang Shi, Geping Luo, Hongwei Zheng, Chunbo Chen, Olaf Hellwich, Jie Bai, Tie Liu, Shuang Liu, Jie Xue, Peng Cai, Huili He, Friday Uchenna Ochege, Tim Van de Voorde, and Philippe de Maeyer
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 901–925,,, 2021
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