Weekly Wave: TAAP as a Model for Shared Aquifer Agreements
February 26, 2021
Weekly Wave, Water Resources Research Center, Tucson, AZ, February 26, 2021
Through the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP), collaborators study shared aquifers along the US-Mexico border. Recent UArizona graduate Dr. Elia M. Tapia-Villaseñor and WRRC Director Dr. Sharon B. Megdal recently published “The U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program as a Model for Transborder Groundwater Collaboration” in a Special Issue of the journal Water. In this work, the authors analyzed the TAAP Cooperative Framework as a model for scientific assessment by exploring 17 elements of collaboration within the Framework and examining six other transboundary aquifer agreements. Their results show that successes within the TAAP Cooperative Framework for assessment are consistent with existing aquifer agreements, suggesting the TAAP approach may serve as a model for others pursuing transboundary aquifer assessments worldwide. This paper appears in the Special Issue Advances in Transboundary Aquifer Assessment, for which Megdal and Dr. Anne-Marie Matherne from USGS are guest editors. They invite researchers focusing on aquifers, groundwater availability and quality, and water use to submit their manuscripts by April 1, 2021.