Water research roundup: new research from TWRI and around Texas

(Photo by Ed Rhodes, TWRI.)

Read recent peer-reviewed publications by Texas Water Resources Institute scientists:

Assessment of the Trust Crisis between Upstream and Downstream States of the Helmand River Basin (1973–2022): A Half-Century of Optimism or Cynicism?: by TWRI's Najibullah Loodin and Rosario Sanchez, Ph.D., this new research assesses the challenges of trust-building between upstream Afghanistan and downstream Iran on the Helmand River.

Farmer-led irrigation development in sub-Saharan Africa: TWRI’s Wendy Jepson, Ph.D., and co-authors review farmer-led irrigation development (FLID) as a development strategy in sub-Saharan Africa, analyzing farmer responses to multilateral and bilateral donor investments in FLID, within the context of water-energy-food nexus and climate change implications.

Catch up on water-related research from universities around Texas:

Global water resources and the role of groundwater in a resilient water future: Bridget Scanlon, Ph.D., Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, and co-authors, provide a comprehensive assessment of the current and historical evolution of water resources, considering surface water and groundwater as one interconnected resource, and examine management solutions for resilient water planning.

Researchers To Explore Wildfires, Drinking Water Quality: With National Science Foundation funding, Texas A&M Engineering’s Garrett McKay, Ph.D., is leading a study examining how water sources are affected by chemical reactions in soil caused by wildfire heat. The team will also perform high-frequency monitoring of a wildfire-impacted watershed using optical, solar-powered sensors that transmit data every 15 minutes; the sensors were purchased using a TWRI grant.

Center pivot-based mobile drip irrigation saves water on melons:  A Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led study has revealed that mobile drip irrigation use with watermelons shows greater yields, higher biomass accumulation and greater water-use efficiency.

Male-sterile sorghum may offer dairy cows needed energy with less water use: New research from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service indicates the high sugar content in male-sterile sorghum hybrids may offer a big opportunity to produce water-efficient forage with the highly digestible fiber and good energy content crucial for dairy cattle.

New research highlights importance of Barton Springs, Onion Creek watersheds to Colorado River: A new study led by Yipeng Zhang, Ph.D., hydrogeologist at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, shows that Barton Creek and Onion Creek contribute significant flows to the Colorado River.

Researchers uncover new water monitoring technique: A first-of-its-kind water treatment monitoring procedure developed by Texas A&M College of Engineering researchers demonstrated improved accuracy and precision by linking fluid dynamics and particle characteristics in a single experiment.


Madalyn Richards was a communications intern at the Texas Water Resources Institute, creating social media content and writing for TWRI’s various publications.

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