& Information Resources Program
The Outreach & Information Resources program builds institutional
capacity to distribute distinctive, accurate, relevant, and credible
information among stakeholders and to the public, in order to raise
awareness and understanding of the complexity of managing shared water
resources at multiple scales. The primary objective of the Outreach
& Information Resources program is to consolidate information
and data on transboundary basins at multiple spatial scales, and to
make it available for use in different user-driven formats. Specific
projects include the creation of:
A global hydrodiplomacy database of consolidated, compatible,
and credible biophysical, socioeconomic, and geopolitical data.
Communication networks linking transboundary waters
academics, professionals, students, and sister watersheds.
Interactive information technology tools to aid in decision-making
and education for students and the public.
Global Hydrodiplomacy Database
The Hydrodiplomacy Database builds upon the Transboundary Freshwater
Dispute Database, (www.transboundarywaters.orst.edu)(TFDD), a project of the Oregon State University Department of
Geosciences, in collaboration with the Northwest Alliance for Computational
Science and Engineering.
The TFDD currently includes: a digital map of the world’s international watersheds; a searchable compilation of nearly 450 international freshwater agreements and 39 US interstate compacts, along with the full text of each; an annotated bibliography of the state of the art of water conflict resolution, including approximately 1,000 entries; negotiating notes (primary or secondary) from fourteen detailed case-studies of water conflict resolution; a comprehensive news file of all reported cases of international water-related disputes and dispute resolution (1948-2005); and descriptions of indigenous/traditional methods of water dispute resolution.