Research and Projects

Transboundary Cooperation in the International Columbia River Basin
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council with the Columbia Basin Trust commissioned the Transboundary Cooperation in the International Columbia River Basin report, which assesses the existing areas of cooperation and collaboration across the Columbia River Basin. This includes the research of OSU Graduate Ingrid Timboe.

Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme - River Basins Component
In partnership with UNEP-DHI and GEF, OSU researchers collaborated on the Transboundary Water Assessment Programme - River Basin Component to complete the most comprehensive assessment 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.

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

US Western Water Institutional Solutions Project
An eight-year collaboration between Oregon State University and the US Bureau of Reclamation geared towards understanding water conflict and cooperation in the western United States and increasing the US Bureau of Reclamation’s institutional capacity.

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 that includes related publications, content analysis, maps, photographs.

Integrative Dam Assessment Modeling (IDAM) 
The Integrative Dam Assessment Modeling (IDAM) 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 3 parameters of socio-economic, geopolitical, and biophysical categories. Click here for the manual and here for the associated paper.

Atlas of International Freshwater Agreements:
Contains an 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
Brief summaries of the processes of conflict resolution for 14 case studies of transboundary dispute resolution are offered here for comparative purposes.

Digitized inventory of current and historical international river basins *Under Construction*
A Geographic Information System (GIS) of international river basins and their riparian countries, for the years 1948-2000.

Basins at Risk
The Basins at Risk project (BAR) addressed 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.

Countries at Risk Project *Coming soon - Under Construction*
The Countries at Risk Project assesses countries with high interdependency on shared transboundary freshwater resources and high potential human security risk. Case studies include Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Moldova, and Sudan.

Indigenous Water Conflict Resolution Methods
This paper investigates how indigenous peoples of two drylands 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 hydropolitics. 

Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience along International Waters
A five-part series of continental reports focused on the hydropolitical vulnerability and resilience along international waters. It provides a comprehensive assessment of hydropolitical vulnerability throughout the world, along with treaty information, cooperative agreements and pertinent basin and regional maps.

Regional Water Governance Benchmarking Project (ReWaB)  
ReWaB is a study of water governance capacity in five Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, and Oman. Along with a collection of searchable legal and policy documents from each of the countries the project has also included workshops in the MENA region, and will provide a framework for assessing water governance in each country and the region.

Mapping the Resilience of International River Basins to Future Climate Change-Induced Water Variability
The World Bank commissioned a report to investigate interactions and problems involved with climate change and related water variability and the capacity of transboundary water resource management. The results of the report reveal significant differences in both vulnerability to climate change-induced water variability and adaptation capacity across river basins.

Collaborating Partners