Resilient adaptation to climate change-induced water scarcity in transboundary aquifer and community systems

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, New Mexico State University

Key words:

community building, transboundary aquifer, climate change, adaptation


1. Characterize water balance including the human impact at the local and regional scales. 2. Improve community understanding of climate change and water availability to enhance capacity to adapt to climate change. 3. Increase trust between community and government through systems modeling showing how their local decisions and actions affect each other and cause long-term problems. 4. Empower societies with relevant and adequate data and information to be responsible in the near future. 5. Find solutions for water challenges based on community democratic participation.


Name of Focal Point

Sam Fernald

Email of Focal Point



Activity Outcomes

1. Link hydrological modeling communities with social systems and data sciences networks. 2. Develop advanced system dynamics conceptualized and parameterized by research outputs from multiple disciplines including hydrology, ecology, economics, anthropology, behavioral sciences, and geography to include the economic and social impact on water. 3. Systematically identify and assess the impact of value differences and policy narratives among multiple stakeholders, policymakers, and the larger public. 4. Track individual beliefs and preferences over a 3-year term of the project to identify underlying problems that impede cooperation and assess the feasibility of potential policy solutions in the context of water scarcity.

Estimated Activity Milestones


Current Partners

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Desired Key Capabilities of New Partners

Outreach and communications, Monitoring, Capacity development, Stakeholder networks, Data and information sharing
Matthias Berninger, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

Matthias Berninger

Matthias Berninger (born 1971) is a former German politician and member of The Greens from 1993 until 2007.
From 2001 to 2005, Berninger served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under minister Renate Künast in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. After leaving the government, he was his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on economic policy from 2005 until 2007.
Since 2019, Berninger has been serving as head of public and government affairs at Bayer.