A Scientific Research Agenda for Water Sustainability in the Mekong

37 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2021

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John S. Felkner

Florida State University, Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Sabina Shaikh

University of Chicago - Program on Global Environment

Kristyn Hara

Stanford University

Alan Kolata

University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology

Michael Binford

University of Florida, Department of Geography

Mauricio E. Arias

University of South Florida, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Long Chen

Tsinghua University, Department of Computer Science and Technology

Vittoria Elliott

The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History

Sean Maher

University of Chicago

John Ward

Mekong Region Futures Institute

Lara Perez-Felkner

Florida State University, College of Education

Alexandra Duprey

Tufts University

Date Written: November 1, 2020

Abstract

We present a review of the scientific research needs for water sustainability of the Mekong River. One of the world’s longest rivers, millions depend daily on the Mekong for their food security and livelihoods, but the river is experiencing dramatic modifications, including extensive hydropower development. The 12 research challenges and themes presented here were identified by a diverse and interdisciplinary working group of 24 scientists with expertise in a broad range of scientific disciplines relevant to both physical and social dimensions of Mekong water sustainability, during a workshop held in Cambodia sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The themes comprise a comprehensive research agenda that advocates an interdisciplinary, social-ecological approach. We describe the state of knowledge, and in doing so highlight key research needs and relevant literature. With many competing water needs, integrating these research needs into policy and management will be critical for future Mekong water sustainability.

Keywords: Sustainability, Water, Mekong River Basin, Ecosystem Services

JEL Classification: Q01, Q25, o44, o53

Suggested Citation

Felkner, John S. and Shaikh, Sabina and Hara, Kristyn and Kolata, Alan and Binford, Michael and Arias, Mauricio E. and Chen, Long and Elliott, Vittoria and Maher, Sean and Ward, John and Perez-Felkner, Lara and Duprey, Alexandra, A Scientific Research Agenda for Water Sustainability in the Mekong (November 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3763132 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3763132

John S. Felkner

Florida State University, Department of Urban & Regional Planning ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States
1-850-491-3266 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://coss.fsu.edu/durp/faculty/john-felkner/

Sabina Shaikh (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Program on Global Environment ( email )

United States

Kristyn Hara

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Alan Kolata

University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology ( email )

Illinois, IL 60637
United States
(773) 702-7729 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://anthropology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/alan-kolata

Michael Binford

University of Florida, Department of Geography ( email )

3141 Turlington Hall
PO Box 117315
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States
(352) 294-7500 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://users.clas.ufl.edu/mbinford/

Mauricio E. Arias

University of South Florida, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Long Chen

Tsinghua University, Department of Computer Science and Technology ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Vittoria Elliott

The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History ( email )

10th St. & Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC 20560
United States

Sean Maher

University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

John Ward

Mekong Region Futures Institute

Bangkok
Thailand

Lara Perez-Felkner

Florida State University, College of Education ( email )

Stone Building
1114 W. Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4450
United States

Alexandra Duprey

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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