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Science and Binational Cooperation: Bidirectionality in the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region

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Department of Geography, Planning, & Environment, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
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Water Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
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Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
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School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo 83000, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Pankaj Kumar
Water 2021, 13(17), 2364; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172364
Received: 24 June 2021 / Revised: 10 August 2021 / Accepted: 21 August 2021 / Published: 28 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Transboundary Aquifer Assessment)
Sharing scientific data and information is often cited within academic literature as an initial step of water cooperation, but the transfer of research findings into policy and practice is often slow and inconsistent. Certain attributes—including salience, credibility, and legitimacy of scientific information; iterative information production; and sociocultural factors—may influence how easily scientific information can be used in management and policymaking. However, transnationality usually complicates these sorts of interactions. Accordingly, we argue that the production of scientific information and transboundary water cooperation build upon each other bidirectionally, each informing and enhancing the other. We employ a case-study analysis of the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP), a binational collaborative effort for scientific assessment of aquifers shared between Mexico and the United States. Here, information sharing was possible only by first completing a formal, jointly agreed-upon cooperative framework in 2009. This framework resulted in a collaborative science production process, suggesting that the relationship between sharing data and information and transboundary groundwater governance is iterative and self-reinforcing. In keeping with the publication of the TAAP’s first binational scientific report in 2016, we demonstrate the bidirectional relationship between science production and water governance in the TAAP and explore remaining challenges after scientific assessment. View Full-Text
Keywords: transboundary waters; groundwater; US–Mexico; water governance; science production; bidirectionality transboundary waters; groundwater; US–Mexico; water governance; science production; bidirectionality
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Petersen-Perlman, J.D.; Albrecht, T.R.; Tapia-Villaseñor, E.M.; Varady, R.G.; Megdal, S.B. Science and Binational Cooperation: Bidirectionality in the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region. Water 2021, 13, 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172364

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Petersen-Perlman JD, Albrecht TR, Tapia-Villaseñor EM, Varady RG, Megdal SB. Science and Binational Cooperation: Bidirectionality in the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region. Water. 2021; 13(17):2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172364

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Petersen-Perlman, Jacob D., Tamee R. Albrecht, Elia M. Tapia-Villaseñor, Robert G. Varady, and Sharon B. Megdal 2021. "Science and Binational Cooperation: Bidirectionality in the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program in the Arizona-Sonora Border Region" Water 13, no. 17: 2364. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172364

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