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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-522
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-522

  03 Nov 2021

03 Nov 2021

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A socio-hydrologic framework for understanding conflict and cooperation in transboundary rivers

Yongping Wei1,, Jing Wei2,, Gen Li3,, Shuanglei Wu1, David Yu4, Fuqiang Tian2, and Murugesu Sivapalan5 Yongping Wei et al.
  • 1School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072, Australia
  • 2Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
  • 3School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200241, China
  • 4Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2051, USA
  • 5Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 61801, USA
  • These authors contributed equally to this work.

Abstract. Increasing hydrologic variability, accelerating population growth, and resurgence of water resources development projects have all indicated increasing tensions among the riparian countries of transboundary rivers. This article aims to review the existing knowledge on conflict and cooperation in transboundary rivers from a multidisciplinary perspective and propose a socio-hydrological framework that integrates the slow and less visible societal processes with existing hydrological-economic models, revealing the hidden feedbacks between changes in societal processes and hydrological changes. This framework contributes to understanding the mechanism that drives conflict and cooperation in transboundary river management.

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There are increasing tensions among the riparian countries of transboundary rivers. We reviewed the multidisciplinary knowledge on conflict and cooperation in current studies and proposed a socio-hydrological framework that integrates the slow and hidden feedbacks between societal processes and hydrological cycles. This framework will contribute to understanding the complex mechanism that drives conflict and cooperation in transboundary river management.