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SERIDAS Project Team

The team examines the future of ten engineered rivers in arid lands.

The Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands (SERIDAS) project examines the future of ten engineered rivers in arid lands. It identifies challenges the rivers face and offers recommendations on how to respond. The project team asks: How sustainable are engineered rivers in arid lands? To find answers, the SERIDAS team of natural and social scientists studies current and future river conditions in these river basins worldwide—Nile, Euphrates-Tigris, Yellow, Murray-Darling, São Francisco, Limarí, Colorado, Rio Grande, and Júcar. All receive water from mountain snowpack or highland rainfall and then pass through large arid or semi-arid areas where river sediment has accumulated over time and created fertile soil. Irrigated agriculture has long been the life blood of these downstream areas. Over the course of the last century, multiple reservoirs and distribution networks were built that vastly increase the yield of irrigated agriculture.