Water research roundup: new research from TWRI and around Texas

Mill Creek, by Michael Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife.

Peer-reviewed publications by Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife scientists

MAD water: Integrating modular, adaptive, and decentralized approaches for water security in the climate change era: This paper proposes a convergence approach to water infrastructure — modular, adaptive, and decentralized (“MAD”) water provision and sanitation. Co-authored by Wendy Jepson, Ph.D., TWRI associate director, Anish Jantrania, associate professor and Extension specialist in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M, and others, it discusses frameworks to evaluate justice, economic feasibility, governance, human health, and environmental sustainability as key parameters of "MAD" water system performance.

Evaluation of growth-stage-based variable deficit irrigation strategies for cotton production in the Texas High Plains: Cotton producers can maximize crop yields from limited water with some planning and implementation of variable deficit irrigation, according to new research authored by Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research agrohydrologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and several Texas A&M AgriLife scientists.

The use and potential of Q method in environmental planning and management: Co-authored by Jepson, this paper examines how Q Methodology, a qualitative and quantitative protocol, can be used to address environmental planning and management issues through analysis of stakeholder perspectives. The researchers reviewed several methodological applications that have been used with or within Q Methodology aiming to improve environmental management, inform decision-making and policy, and build consensus.

Participation in Practice in Community-Driven Development Projects in Afghanistan: A Case Study of Herat City: In a study co-authored by Najibullah Loodin, TWRI graduate research assistant, researchers interviewed community development experts, urban managers, and members of community development councils in Herat City to analyze the effectiveness of World Bank community-driven development programs.

Water-related research and news from universities around Texas

Diminishing storage returns of reservoir construction: Led by Dr. Huilin Gao, associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, new research has shown that over the past two decades, global reservoirs have become increasingly empty despite an overall increase in total storage capacity due to the construction of new reservoirs. This research team developed the Global Reservoir Storage dataset and made it freely available online for decision-makers and the scientific community.

Human and natural impacts on the U.S. freshwater salinization and alkalinization: A machine learning approach: Researchers from Syracuse University and Texas A&M have applied a machine learning model to explore where and to what extent human activities are contributing to the hydrogeochemical changes, such as increases in salinity and alkalinity in U.S. rivers.

A multifunctional copper single-atom electrocatalyst aerogel for smart sensing and producing ammonia from nitrate: Recent research co-authored by University of Texas scientists reports on an electrocatalysis-enabled system for smart and precise concentration-controlled nitrogen nutrient recycling via electrifying nitrate-rich wastewater.


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