31 December 2013

Dec 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

This continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the end of November, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Bureau of Reclamation
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Government Accountability Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:
Happy New Year!

29 November 2013

Nov 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

This continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the end of October, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals:
From the World Bank:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Bureau of Reclamation:
From the US Government Accountability Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:

07 November 2013

Infographic: Water Cooperation/Competition

The UN World Water Day was celebrated earlier this year, with 2013 declared an "International Year of Water Cooperation." UN-Water produced an infographic on the balance of numerous competitive uses of water that must be overcome for cooperation to really take hold. Click on the image for a full-size version...


The next UN World Water Day is to be celebrated on 22 March 2014, with a focus on "Water and Energy" for the year. You can follow the official UN-Water World Water Day feed on Twitter to keep apprised of events and issues. Given all of the recent work in academic and government circles on that "nexus," there should be no shortage of information for politicians and the public to become better informed on those issues. In fact, some earlier posts on this blog may be of interest to my readers:

06 November 2013

The Journal of Blah...

As some of my readers here may already know, I also have a Tumblr called "The Journal of Blah..." Why the name? It's short for "The Journal of Blah Blah Blah" which is intended to cover many fields that are, for me, linked in some way through the course of my education and experience and research. As I describe it there:
...it's a shorter title than "A personalized journal of select articles on hydrology, water resources, climate, weather, ecology, geology, forests, mountains, resource governance, anthropology, fluvial systems, geomorphology, open-channel hydraulics, groundwater, civil engineering, mapping, remote sensing, complex systems, information networks, general Earth system science, and so many other subjects that pique my interest."
There may be a few subjects that I missed, but at the same time I draw from publications in a large number of journals, for most of which I see regular TOC updates by email. My posts there are comprised solely of an article's title, bibliographic reference, and published abstract. I try to dedicate at least one day per week to Open Access articles that come across my attention. I do not post articles that are in Discussion journals or have just entered the accepted stage, but I do post articles in final form that are appearing online in advance of print. With each post there, the title and URL are also announced through my twitter feed.

I'm mentioning this today because I have linked to my Tumblr in the sidebar but I don't think that I've mentioned it by name to you, my dear blog readers. That outlet is purely journal-oriented, one post per abstract, with relatively short posts and often several within a day, and I didn't want to clog up the post archive here with those items. If I delve into a paper and attempt to provide a summary or commentary on the research, perhaps linking several papers on a similar topic, I would do that here and not on the Tumblr.

I'm also mentioning this because, just today, I posted my 1000th entry on The Journal of Blah...

Enjoy!

31 October 2013

Oct 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

This continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the beginning of October, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

Note that the US Federal Government was shut down because of budget squabbles for a little over two weeks at the beginning of this month, so there weren't many CRS or GAO reports to speak of...

From numerous and varied sources:
From Chatham House:
From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization:
From the World Bank:
From the Asian Development Bank:
From the Inter-American Development Bank:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:

17 October 2013

Infographic: How Water Scarcity and Misuse Threatens Our Planet

This infographic was forwarded to me earlier this week by a member of the team at Dales Water Services Ltd in the UK. It draws from a number of credible and reliable sources and I am glad to repost it here!

03 October 2013

Sep 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

With my apologies for posting a couple days late (computer in the shop, etc.), this continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the end of August, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (AR5):
From the Center for American Progress:
From the International Water Management Institute:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Government Accounting Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:

30 August 2013

Aug 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

This continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the end of July, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the UK Department for International Development:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Federal Emergency Management Agency:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Government Accounting Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:

26 July 2013

Jul 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

This continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted at the end of June, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the International Institute for Environment and Development:
From the OECD:
From the UK Department for International Development:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Government Accounting Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists:

12 July 2013

Guest Column at Pragati

I am pleased to let you all, my faithful (and patient!) readers, know that I've had a Guest Column published today at the on-line version of Pragati, a publication of the Indian Takshashila Institution. The piece grew from a conversation with my friend Pavan Srinath (also of Know Your Climate and The Transition State) on twitter and by e-mail about dams, disaster mitigation, the recent and tragic monsoon floods in Uttarakhand (and Pavan's own rebuttal to the claims in that story), and the possibly incidental role of Tehri Dam on the Ganga. Here's an opening excerpt:
Water management is a difficult undertaking. Among the most fundamental of human efforts of civilisation is ensuring enough water for our personal, agricultural, commercial, and industrial needs. Growing economies, populations and countries must continually adjust and make progress on their goals for adequate fresh water supply and the protection of life and property. Planners and decision-makers must account for an uncertain future without illusions or biases to cloud their judgment. In India, the monsoon brings life and death annually and scientists still puzzle over the anticipated effects of climate change and its impacts on weather, glaciers, floods, and overall water availability. As illustrated in India’s media following recent floods in Uttarakhand, sometimes water management goals are incompatible and are approached at crossed purposes. It should be recognised that those managing the execution of those plans, from community programs to massive infrastructure works, do only their best with the tools placed at their disposal when emergencies arise.
You can read the entire piece at Pragati: Damming the Floods. I'd also like to express my many thanks to Pragati Associate Editor Sarah Farooqui for her guidance and support.

30 June 2013

Jun 2013 List of Reports on Water and Related Issues

With my apologies to readers and faithful followers for such a long time since my last posted list, this continues my quasi-regular updates on the never-ending stream of released reports on water and related issues that I come across through e-mail, twitter, and any number of outlets. You can check out the previous list, posted in mid-February, as well as prior lists for even more informative reading. If you know of a report that I have not listed, please e-mail me with a title and link!

From numerous and varied sources:
From the California State Water Resources Control Board:
From the US Federal Emergency Management Agency:
From the US National Integrated Drought Information System:
From the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at the University of California - Berkeley:
From the Center for American Progress
From the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century:
From Canada's Blue Economy Initiative:
From the Earth System Governance Project:
From UN - Water:
From the World Bank:
From the African Institute for Development Policy and Population Action International:
From the Asian Development Bank:
From the UK Department for International Development:
From the US Agency for International Development:
From the US National Research Council:
From the US Geological Survey
From the US Government Accounting Office:
From the US Congressional Research Service, via the Federation of American Scientists: