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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-106
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-106

  08 Mar 2021

08 Mar 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal HESS.

Bright and Blind Spots of Water Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

Alyssa J. DeVincentis1, Hervé Guillon1, Romina Díaz Gómez1, Noelle K. Patterson1, Francine van den Brandeler2,3, Arthur Koehl1, J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida1,4, Laura E. Garza-Díaz1, Jennifer Gamez-Rodríguez1, Erfan Goharian1,5, and Samuel Sandoval Solis1 Alyssa J. DeVincentis et al.
  • 1Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, USA
  • 2University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 3Greenleaf Communities, Chicago, USA
  • 4Union of Concerned Scientists, Oakland, USA
  • 5University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

Abstract. Water resources management is threatened by climatic, economic, and political pressures, and these challenges are on particular display in Latin America and the Caribbean. To assess the region's ability to manage water resources, we conducted an unprecedented literature review of over 20,000 multilingual research articles using machine learning and an understanding of the socio-hydrologic landscape. Results reveal that the region's vulnerability to water-related stresses, and drivers such as climate change, is compounded by research blind spots in niche topics (reservoirs and risk assessment) and sub-regions (Caribbean nations), and by its reliance on an individual country (Brazil). A regional bright spot, Brazil produces well-rounded water-related research but its regional dominance suggests that funding cuts there would impede scientifically-informed water management in the entire region.

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-106', Pedro Luiz Borges Chaffe, 06 Apr 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-106', José Luis Arumí, 20 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-106', Anonymous Referee #2, 21 Apr 2021
  • CC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-106', Daniel Prieto Garra, 03 May 2021

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Computational literature review of water resources research in Latin America and the Caribbean Hervé Guillon, Alyssa DeVincentis, Noelle Patterson, Romina Diaz-Gomez, and Arthur Koehl http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4552771

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Latin America and the Caribbean faces many water-related stresses which are expected to worsen with climate change. To assess this vulnerability, we reviewed over 20,000 multilingual research articles using machine learning and an understanding of the regional landscape. Results reveal that the region's inherent vulnerability is compounded by research blind spots in niche topics (reservoirs and risk assessment) and sub-regions (Caribbean nations), and by its reliance on one country (Brazil).