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Water Resources in Mexico

Scarcity, Degradation, Stress, Conflicts, Management, and Policy

  • Úrsula Oswald Spring

Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Úrsula Oswald Spring, Ignacio Sánchez Cohen
    Pages 3-17
  3. Hydrological Processes and Management of Basins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Felipe I. ArreguÍn Cortés, Mario LÓpez Pérez, Humberto Marengo MogollÓn
      Pages 21-38
    3. Ignacio Sánchez Cohen, úrsula Oswald Spring, Gabriel Díaz Padilla, José Luís González Barrios
      Pages 39-49
    4. Gabriel Díaz Padilla, Ignacio Sánchez Cohen, Rafael Alberto Guajardo Panes
      Pages 51-71
    5. Miguel Rangel Medina, Rogelio Monreal Saavedra, Christopher Watts
      Pages 73-85
  4. Water Use, Availability and Alternative Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-100
    2. Jaime Garatuza Payán, Julio Cesar Rodríguez, Christopher J. Watts
      Pages 101-110
    3. Enrique Palacios Vélez, Enrique Mejia Saez
      Pages 129-143
    4. Lyssette E. Muñoz Villers, Miguel Equihua, Conrado Tobón, Francisco J. Gutiérrez Mendieta
      Pages 155-166
    5. José Luis González Barrios, Jean-Pierre Vandervaere, Luc Descroix, Ignacio Sánchez Cohen, Eduardo Chávez Ramírez, Guillermo González Cervantes
      Pages 167-176
    6. Eduardo Chávez Ramírez, Guillermo González Cervantes, José Luis González Barrios, Alejandro López Dzul
      Pages 177-185
  5. Water Quality, Pollution and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-188
    2. Juana Enriqueta Cortés Muñoz, César Guillermo Calderón Mólgora
      Pages 189-200
    3. Anne M. Hansen, Carlos Corzo Juárez
      Pages 201-215
    4. Francisco Javier Avelar González, Elsa Marcela Ramírez López, Ma. Consolación Martínez Saldaña, Alma Lilián Guerrero Barrera, Fernando Jaramillo Juárez, José Luís Reyes Sánchez
      Pages 217-229

About this book


Water resources in Mexico are threatened by scarcity, pollution and climate change. In two decades water consumption doubled, producing water stress in dry seasons and semi-arid and arid regions. Water stress rises due to physical and economic stress. In seven parts a multidisciplinary team analyzes hydrological processes in basins and their interaction with climate, soil and biota. Competing water use in agriculture, industry and domestic needs require savings, decontamination processes and desalination to satisfy the growing demand. Water quality affects health and ecosystems. This creates conflicts and cooperation that may be enhanced by public policy, institution building and social organization.


Agriculture Environment Geosciences Hydrology Social Sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Úrsula Oswald Spring
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro Regional de Investigaciones, Multidisciplinarias (CRIM)Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCuernavacaMexico

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