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
    5. Laura Arreola Mendoza, Luz María Del Razo, Olivier Barbier, M. Consolación Martínez Saldaña, Francisco Javier Avelar González, Fernando Jaramillo Juárez et al.
      Pages 231-238
    6. Julia Pacheco Avila, Armando Cabrera Sansores, Manuel Barcelo Quintal, Ligia Alcocer Can, Mercy Pacheco Perera
      Pages 239-249
    7. Catherine Mathuriau, Norman Mercado Silva, John Lyons, Luis Manuel Martínez Rivera
      Pages 251-261
    8. Salvador Israel de la Garza González, Raúl Herrera Mendoza
      Pages 263-278
    9. Linda González, Eleazar Escamilla Silva
      Pages 299-316
  6. Social effects, Conflicts and Hydrodiplomacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 319-337
    3. Vicente Germán Soto, José Luis Escobedo Sagaz
      Pages 339-350
    4. Antonina Galván Fernández
      Pages 351-366
    5. Claudia Rocío González Pérez, Antonina Galván Fernández
      Pages 367-377
    6. Jorge A. Morales Novelo, Lilia Rodríguez Tapia
      Pages 395-406
  7. Public Policy, Institutions and Legal Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Arsenio Ernesto González Reynoso, Itzkuauhtli Zamora Saenz
      Pages 409-419
    3. Alejandra Martín Domínguez, Víctor Javier Bourguett Ortiz, Flor Virginia Cruz Gutiérrez, Miguel Ángel Mejía González, Víctor Hugo Alcocer Yamanaka, Juan Maldonado Silvestre et al.
      Pages 421-434
    4. Úrsula Oswald Spring
      Pages 473-490
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 491-528

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05431-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-05432-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-5793
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-5807
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