Scott, Christopher

Scott, Christopher
University of Arizona




Christopher A. Scott is Assistant Research Professor of Water Resources Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, with a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Geography and Regional Development.

His work focuses on the policy dimensions of global change (climate change and urban growth) with particular emphasis on urban wastewater and water reuse, the water-energy nexus, transboundary water resources, agricultural-urban water transfers, and binational U.S.-Mexico climate and water policy.

Scott holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in hydrology from Cornell University, B.S. and B.A. degrees from Swarthmore College, and Professional Engineering registration in New York.

He has 10 years of experience living and working in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico (with the International Water Management Institute), in addition to two years in Honduras and two years in India with nongovernmental organizations. He speaks fluent Spanish and Hindi, and working Nepali and German.

Immediately prior to his arrival at The University of Arizona in July 2006, he was a senior international project manager with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Md., where he led National Weather Service collaboration with Mexico and India.


> Water Supply and Reuse Systems (NSF)
Water and Climate in the Southwest U.S./Northern Sonora (Inter-American Institute and NOAA)
> Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Project (USGS and UA Water Resources Research Center)
> Water Reuse to Offset Scarcity (WateReuse Foundation)
> Water and Energy in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region (Arizona Water Institute)


Milman, A., C.A. Scott. In press. Beneath the surface: intra-national institutions and management of the United States – Mexico transboundary Santa Cruz aquifer. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

Wilder, M., C.A. Scott, N. Pineda Pablos, R.G. Varady, G.M. Garfin. In press. Adapting across boundaries: climate change, social learning, and resilience in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, special issue on climate change.

Scott, C.A., S. Dall’erba, R. Díaz-Caravantes. 2010. Groundwater rights in Mexican agriculture: spatial distribution and demographic determinants. The Professional Geographer 62(1): 1-15.

Celio, M., C.A. Scott, M. Giordano. 2010. Urban-agricultural water appropriation: the Hyderabad, India case. The Geographical Journal 176(1): 39–57, doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2009.00336.x

Coles, A.R., Scott, C.A. 2009. Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and variability in semi-arid rural southeastern Arizona, USA. Natural Resources Forum 33: 297-309.

Ensink, J.H.J., C.A. Scott, S. Brooker, S. Cairncross. 2009. Sewage disposal in the Musi River, India: water quality remediation through irrigation infrastructure. Irrigation and Drainage Systems, doi 10.1007/s10795-009-9088-4.

Diaz-Caravantes, R.E., Scott, C.A. 2009. Water management and biodiversity conservation interface in Mexico: a geographical analysis. Applied Geography (2009), doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2009.10.003.

Scott, C.A., B.R. Sharma. 2009. Energy supply and the expansion of groundwater irrigation in the Indus-Ganges basin.International Journal of River Basin Management 7(2): 119-124.

Scott, C.A., J.M. Banister. 2008. The dilemma of water management “regionalization” in Mexico under centralized resource allocation. International Journal of Water Resources Development 24(1): 61–74, DOI: 10.1080/07900620701723083.

Scott, C.A., F. Flores-López, J.R. Gastélum. 2007. Appropriation of Río San Juan water by Monterrey city, Mexico: implications for agriculture and basin water sharing. In Special issue “Transfer of Water from Irrigation to Urban Uses: Lessons from Case Studies,” Paddy & Water Environment. 5(4): 253-262, DOI 10.1007/s10333-007-0089-3.

Biggs, T.W., C.A. Scott, B. Rajagopalan, H.N. Turral. 2007. Trends in solar radiation due to clouds and aerosols, southern India, 1952-1997. International Journal of Climatology 27(11): 1505-1518.

Shah, T., C.A. Scott, J. Berkoff, A. Kishore, A. Sharma. 2007. Energy-irrigation nexus in South Asia: Pricing versus rationing as practical tool for efficient resource allocation. In F. Molle and J. Berkoff (eds.) Irrigation Water Pricing: The Gap Between Theory and Practice. CAB International, Wallingford, pp. 208-232.

Scott, C.A. and T. Shah. 2004. Groundwater overdraft reduction through agricultural energy policy: insights from India and Mexico. International Journal of Water Resources Development 20(2): 149-164.

Scott, C.A., N.I. Faruqui, L. Rachid-Sally (eds.) 2004. Wastewater Use in Irrigated Agriculture: Confronting the Livelihood and Environmental Realities. CAB International, Wallingford, 193 p. -DOWNLOAD FROM>


Research Interests: 
Ecosystem Resilience, Water-Energy Nexus, Transboundary Waters, Climate and Water Adaptation, Water Reuse