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Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Past, Present and Future

  • Presents the scientific results based on good data are highly needed to help the negotiations, as the most contentious transboundary river of the world

  • Covers the Nile and GERD in detail

  • Written by scientists from larger geographic area including the three basin countries in the negotiations

Part of the book series: Springer Geography (SPRINGERGEOGR)

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Semu A. Moges, Wossenu Abtew, Assefa M. Melesse
    Pages 1-8
  3. Canada-US Columbia River Treaty: A Review

    • Getnet Y. Muluye
    Pages 107-115
  4. Benefit-Sharing Framework in the Nile River Basin

    • Getnet Y. Muluye
    Pages 143-150
  5. Stage-Based Filling of Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD): Flexible, Adaptive, and Cooperative Approach

    • Belete Berhanu, Yohannes Gebretsadik, Seleshi Bekele Awulachew
    Pages 235-244
  6. River Flow Monitoring and Data Quality for Equitable Nile Water Sharing

    • Wossenu Abtew, Semu A. Moges, Menberu Meles, Muluneh Imru
    Pages 295-314
  7. Soil and Water Conservation Technology and Sediment Retention Assessment

    • Sileshie Mesfin Leyew, Tesfahun G/Michael, Arega Mullu, Assefa M. Melesse
    Pages 315-343

About this book

This book is a contribution by the presenters of the 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Nile basin is facing unprecedented level of water right challenges after the construction of GERD has begun. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have struggled to narrow their differences on filling and operation of the GERD. The need for science and data-based discussion for a lasting solution is crucial. Historical perspectives, water rights, agreements, failed negotiations, and other topics related to the Nile is covered in this book. The book covers Nile water claims past and present, international transboundary basin cooperation and water sharing, Nile water supply and demand management, Blue Nile/Abbay and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, land and water degradation and watershed management, emerging threats of the Lakes Region in the Nile Basin, and hydrologic variation and monitoring. This book is beneficial for students, researchers, sociologists, engineers, policy makers, lawyers, water resources and environmental managers and for the people and governments of the Nile Basin.


  • Nile River
  • Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
  • Dam Operation
  • Hydrology
  • Hydropolitics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Earth and Environment, Florida International University, Miami, USA

    Assefa M. Melesse

  • Water and Environment Consulting LLC, Boynton Beach, USA

    Wossenu Abtew

  • Senior Hydrologist, Dallas, USA

    Semu A. Moges

About the editors

Dr. Assefa M. Melesse is Professor of Water Resources Engineering with background in remote sensing and geospatial applications to hydrological modeling. He earned his M.E. (2000) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Florida in Agricultural Engineering with two concentrations (Hydrological Sciences and GIS)  and three minors (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Remote sensing). His areas of research and experience include spatially distributed hydrologic modeling, ecohydrology, spatial surface water balance modeling, sediment transport, surface and groundwater interactions modeling, spatial evapotranspiration mapping using remote sensing, water–energy–carbon fluxes coupling and modeling, remote sensing hydrology, climate change impact modeling, river basin management, and land cover change detection and scaling. He has also worked on the application of artificial neural network and other statistical learning techniques to hydrology. He has vast experiences in the Nile River Basin and the Caribbean Islands. Dr. Melesse was a Fulbright Scholar in Ethiopia in 2012. He is Author and Editor of 6 books and over 450 publications including journal articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and conference presentations. Dr. Melesse is Registered Professional Engineer (PE) and also Diplomate of Water Resources Engineer (D. WRE) with over 30 years of teaching and research experience. Dr. Melesse has served as Advisor/Co-advisor for over 60 graduate students.


Dr. Wossenu Abtew is Professional Civil Engineer and Certified Water Resources Engineer with over 30 years of experience in water resources related areas including water management, hydrologic system analysis, statistical hydrology, constructed wetlands design and operation, environmental restoration, transboundary rivers, the Nile River Basin, dam sizing and operation, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), best management agricultural practices, landscape dynamics and environmental restoration, water quality, and sediment sampling. He is currently Principal Civil Engineer with Water and Environment Consulting, LLC. He is also Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University. He has authored and edited six books on hydrology, Nile Basin, GERD, and other.


Dr. Semu Moges is Academic and Professional Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in education, research, and consultancy in water, environment, energy, climate change, sustainable development, and water–energy–food nexus modeling and understanding. He is currently working as Independent Consultant with different international and local companies. He is also affiliated with the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in USA. He was previously Faculty of Arba Minch and Addis Ababa Universities in Ethiopia. He has also taught in several African Universities including Pan African University. He authored and co-authored several water journals articles and hapters on the water, climate, and transboundary rivers systems especially Nile Basin.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

  • Book Subtitle: Past, Present and Future

  • Editors: Assefa M. Melesse, Wossenu Abtew, Semu A. Moges

  • Series Title: Springer Geography

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-76436-4Published: 01 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-76439-5Published: 02 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-76437-1Published: 31 August 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2194-315X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2194-3168

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 525

  • Number of Illustrations: 11 b/w illustrations, 147 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Water, Hydroenergy, Environmental Sciences, Geography

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-76437-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)