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PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP Jordyn White and Laurie Geller, Rapporteurs Board on Environmental Change and Society Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Water Science and Technology Board Division on Earth and Life Studies and Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Academia de IngenierÃa de MÃ©xico y Academia Nacional de Medicina de MÃ©xico
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STEERING COMMITTEE FOR ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY OF U.S.-MEXICO TRANSBOUNDARY DRYLANDS: A WORKSHOP CHRISTOPHER SCOTT (Chair), Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona ALFONSO CORTEZ LARA, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte HALLIE EAKIN, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University ELISABETH HUBER-SANNWALD, Division of Environmental Studies, Instituto Potosino de InvestigaciÃ³n CientÃfica y TecnolÃ³gica CONSTANTINO MACÃAS GARCIA, Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de MÃ©xico MARÃA AMPARO MARTÃNEZ ARROYO, Instituto Nacional de EcologÃa y Cambio ClimÃ¡tico NATALIA MARTÃNEZ TAGÃEÃA, Division of Environmental Science, Instituto Potosino de InvestigaciÃ³n CientÃfica y TecnolÃ³gica IGNACIO RODRIGUEZ-ITURBE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University and Princeton University KELLY TWOMEY SANDERS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California ROBERT WASHINGTON-ALLEN, Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of Nevada, Reno JORDYN WHITE, Project Director TOBY WARDEN, Board Director LAURIE GELLER, Senior Program Officer LETICIA GARCILAZO GREEN, Senior Program Assistant JOSÃ-LUIS MORÃN, President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences JOSÃ FRANCO, Project Consultant (Mexican Academies Representative and Chief Coordinator of the Foro Consultivo CientÃfico y TecnolÃ³gico) RENATA VILLALBA, Program Associate (Mexican Academy of Sciences) v
BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND SOCIETY KRISTIE L. EBI (Chair), Global Health, University of Washington JOSEPH ARVAI, Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan HALLIE EAKIN, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University LORI HUNTER, Population Research Program, University of Colorado Boulder KATHARINE L. JACOBS, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona MICHAEL A. MENDEZ, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies RICHARD G. NEWELL, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC MARY D. NICHOLS, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento JONATHAN T. OVERPECK, Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan ASEEM PRAKASH, Department of Political Science, University of Washington MAXINE L. SAVITZ, Technology/Partnerships Honeywell Inc. (retired), Los Angeles, CA MICHAEL VANDENBERGH, Vanderbilt University School of Law JALONNE WHITE-NEWSOME, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI ROBYN S. WILSON, Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University TOBY WARDEN, Director vi
BOARD ON ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES AND CLIMATE A.R. RAVISHANKARA (Chair), Chemistry and Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University SHUYI S. CHEN (Vice Chair), Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington CECILIA BITZ, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington MARK A. CANE, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (emeritus), Columbia University HEIDI CULLEN, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA ROBERT DUNBAR, Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University PAMELA EMCH, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA ARLENE FIORE, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University PETER FRUMHOFF, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, MA WILLIAM B. GAIL, Global Weather Corporation, Boulder, CO MARY GLACKIN, The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Washington, DC TERRI S. HOGUE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines EVERETTE JOSEPH, Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York at Albany RONALD âNICKâ KEENER, JR., Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte, NC ROBERT KOPP, Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University L. RUBY LEUNG, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA JONATHAN MARTIN, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of WisconsinâMadison JONATHAN T. OVERPECK, Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan ALLISON STEINER, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor DAVID W. TITLEY, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University DUANE WALISER, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA AMANDA STAUDT, Director vii
WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BOARD CATHERINE L. KLING (Chair), Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University NEWSHA AJAMI, Urban Water Policy, Stanford University JONATHAN D. ARTHUR, State Geologist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection DAVID A. DZOMBAK, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University FRANCINA DOMINGUEZ, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois WENDY D. GRAHAM, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville MARK W. LeCHEVALLIER, Vice President, American Water, Voorhees, NJ MARGARET A. PALMER, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland DAVID L. SEDLAK, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley DAVID WEGNER, Retired, Water, Energy and Transportation Committee, Tucson, Arizona P. KAY WHITLOCK, Vice President, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Rosemont, IL ELIZABETH EIDE, Director viii
Acknowledgments This Proceedings of a Workshop was reviewed in draft form by indi- viduals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical com- ments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published proceedings as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this proceed- ings: Ana Elena Escalante, Instituto de EcologÃa, Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de Mexico; Constantino MacÃas Garcia, Instituto de EcologÃa, Universidad Nacional AutÃ³noma de Mexico; Meredith F. Muth, Interna- tional Program and Coordination, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma. Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive com- ments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the proceedings nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this proceedings was overseen by Aseem Prakash, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this proceedings was carried out in accordance with standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the National Academies. ix
Contents 1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 1 Motivation for the Workshop, 2 A Brief History of Binational Collaboration, 4 Importance of Sustainability Science to Binational Collaboration, 6 2 UNDERSTANDING THE TRANSBOUNDARY DRYLANDS REGION 9 Defining âTransboundary Region,â 9 Key Sustainability Challenges, 12 Available Research on Drylands Sustainability, 15 3 FOUR KEY TOPICS 19 Interaction and Flow of Resources, People, and Services, 20 Scarcity and Abundance of Resources, 24 Shocks and Stressors, 27 Governance and Innovation, 31 4 INNOVATIONS AND SOLUTIONS IN SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE FOR DRYLANDS AREAS 39 The Land-Potential Knowledge System, 39 The National Integrated Drought Information System, 40 The North American Development Bank, 43 xi
xii CONTENTS 5 KEY THEMES AND POSSIBLE NEXT STEP 45 Key Workshop Themes, 45 Using Primary Flows to Identify Sustainability Challenges, 45 Data and Intellectual Resources to Better Understand Sustainability Needs, 46 Improving Sustainability by Mitigating Anthropogenic Change, 47 Governance, 48 Funding, 48 Possible Next Step, 49 APPENDIXES A Agenda 51 B Participants 57 C Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Members and Presenters 61