Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott

  • Maurice K. Goddard Chair of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Professor
124 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Resilience, adaptation, social-ecological systems
  • Water-energy-food nexus, water security, groundwater, irrigation
  • Urban-wastewater irrigation, water reuse, agricultural-urban water transfers
  • Transboundary river basins and aquifers
  • Mountain water towers, Andes, Himalayas
  • Southwest US; Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru); South Asia (India, Nepal)


Putting Water Security to Work: Addressing Global Sustainable Development Challenges, Staddon, Chad, Scott, Christopher, 2022

Trade-offs of Wastewater Irrigation, Qadir, Manzoor, Scott, Christopher, 2022

Determining the quasi monsoon front in the Indian Himalayas
Quaternary International, Mal, S., Dimri, A. P., Jeelani, G., Allen, S. K., Scott, C. A., Arora, M., Banerjee, A., Lone, S. A., 2021

Spatio-temporal dynamics of climate change, land degradation, and water insecurity in an arid rangeland
Journal of Arid Environments, Lee, Ryan H., Navarro-Navarro, Luis Alan, Ley, América Lutz, Hartfield, Kyle, Tolleson, Douglas R., Scott, Christopher A., 2021

Sacrificing the local to support the national
Energy Research and Social Science, Crootof, Arica, Shrestha, Rashmi, Albrecht, Tamee, Ptak, Thomas, Scott, Christopher A., 2021

Linking drought propagation with episodes of climate-Induced water insecurity in Pernambuco state - Northeast Brazil
Journal of Arid Environments, Inocêncio, Tiago de Morais, Ribeiro Neto, Alfredo, Oertel, Melanie, Meza, Francisco Javier, Scott, Christopher A., 2021

Do ecosystem insecurity and social vulnerability lead to failure of water security?
Environmental Development, Scott, Christopher A., Zilio, Mariana I., Harmon, Thomas, Zuniga-Teran, Adriana, Díaz-Caravantes, Rolando, Hoyos, Natalia, Perillo, Gerardo M.E., Meza, Francisco, Varady, Robert G., Neto, Alfredo Ribeiro, Velez, Maria Isabel, Martín, Facundo, Escobar, Jaime, Piccolo, M. Cintia, Mussetta, Paula, Montenegro, Suzana, Rusak, James A., Pineda, Nicolas, 2021

Dialogic science-policy networks for water security governance in the arid Americas
Environmental Development, Lutz-Ley, América N., Scott, Christopher A., Wilder, Margaret, Varady, Robert G., Ocampo-Melgar, Anahi, Lara-Valencia, Francisco, Zuniga-Teran, Adriana A., Buechler, Stephanie, Díaz-Caravantes, Rolando, Ribeiro Neto, Alfredo, Pineda-Pablos, Nicolás, Martín, Facundo, 2021

Hydro-energy cooperation in South Asia
Environmental Science and Policy, Saklani, Udisha, Shrestha, Padmendra P., Mukherji, Aditi, Scott, Christopher A., 2020

A scale-based framework to understand the promises, pitfalls and paradoxes of irrigation efficiency to meet major water challenges
Global Environmental Change, Lankford, Bruce, Closas, Alvar, Dalton, James, López Gunn, Elena, Hess, Tim, Knox, Jerry W., van der Kooij, Saskia, Lautze, Jonathan, Molden, David, Orr, Stuart, Pittock, Jamie, Richter, Brian, Riddell, Philip J., Scott, Christopher A., Venot, Jean philippe, Vos, Jeroen, Zwarteveen, Margreet, 2020

Hydrodiplomacy and adaptive governance at the U.S.-Mexico border
Environmental Science and Policy, Wilder, Margaret O., Varady, Robert G., Gerlak, Andrea K., Mumme, Stephen P., Flessa, Karl W., Zuniga-Teran, Adriana A., Scott, Christopher A., Pablos, Nicolás Pineda, Megdal, Sharon B., 2020

The re-adaptation challenge
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Scott, Christopher A., Shrestha, Padmendra P., Lutz-Ley, America N., 2020

Editorial overview
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Le Tourneau, François Michel, Scott, Christopher A., 2020

Assessing barriers and enablers in the institutionalization of river-basin adaptive management
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Vicuña, Sebastian, Scott, Christopher A., Borgias, Sophia, Bonelli, Sebastian, Bustos, Eduardo, 2020

Urban water security
Environment and Urbanization, Díaz-Caravantes, Rolando E., Zuniga-Teran, Adriana, Martín, Facundo, Bernabeu, Marta, Stoker, Philip, Scott, Christopher, 2020

Pursuing water security in socio-hydrological systems
Water Security, Scott, Christopher A., Hill, Alice F., Wilson, Alana M., 2019

Assessing livelihood-ecosystem interdependencies and natural resource governance in Indian villages in the Middle Himalayas
Regional Environmental Change, Everard, Mark, Gupta, Nishikant, Scott, Christopher A., Tiwari, Prakash C., Joshi, Bhagwati, Kataria, Gaurav, Kumar, Smita, 2019

One swallow does not make a summer
Frontiers in Environmental Science, Kurian, Mathew, Scott, Christopher, Reddy, V. Ratna, Alabaster, Graham, Nardocci, Adelaide, Portney, Kent, Boer, Rizaldi, Hannibal, Bryce, 2019

Institutional strategies for adaptation to water stress in farmer-managed irrigation systems of Nepal
International Journal of the Commons, Thapa, Bhuwan, Scott, Christopher A., 2019

Putting water security to work
Water International, Staddon, Chad, Scott, Christopher A., 2018

Water security and the pursuit of food, energy, and earth systems resilience
Water International, Scott, Christopher A., Albrecht, Tamee R., De Grenade, Rafael, Zuniga-Teran, Adriana, Varady, Robert G., Thapa, Bhuwan, 2018

Drought propagation in semi-arid river basins in Latin America
Water (Switzerland), Oertel, Melanie, Meza, Francisco Javier, Gironás, Jorge, Scott, Christopher A., Rojas, Facundo, Pineda-Pablos, Nicolás, 2018

Connecting plant traits and social perceptions in riparian systems
Journal of Hydrology, Hough, Moira, Pavao-Zuckerman, Mitchell A., Scott, Christopher A., 2018

Drought adaptation and development
Climate and Development, Herwehe, Lauren, Scott, Christopher A., 2018

Assessment of collective production of biomethane from livestock waste for urban transportation mobility in Brazil and the United States
Energies, Pasqual, Janaina Camile, Bollmann, Harry Alberto, Scott, Christopher A., Edwiges, Thiago, Baptista, Thais Carlini, 2018

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Environmental Research Letters, Albrecht, Tamee R., Crootof, Arica, Scott, Christopher A., 2018

Water security
Environmental Science and Policy, Gerlak, Andrea K., House-Peters, Lily, Varady, Robert G., Albrecht, Tamee, Zúñiga-Terán, Adriana, de Grenade, Rafael Routson, Cook, Christina, Scott, Christopher A., 2018

Intensive precipitation observation greatly improves hydrological modelling of the poorly gauged high mountain Mabengnong catchment in the Tibetan Plateau
Journal of Hydrology, Wang, Li, Zhang, Fan, Zhang, Hongbo, Scott, Christopher A., Zeng, Chen, Shi, Xiaonan, 2018

Megatrends in Hindu Kush Himalaya, Mukherji, Aditi, Scott, Christopher, Molden, David, Maharjan, Amina, 2018

Evolving conceptions of the role of large dams in social-ecological resilience
Conservation Ecology, Hammersley, Mia A., Scott, Christopher, Gimblett, Randy, 2018

Historical analysis of riparian vegetation change in response to shifting management objectives on the Middle Rio Grande
Land, Petrakis, Roy E., Van Leeuwen, Willem J.D., Villarreal, Miguel L., Tashjian, Paul, Russo, Regina Dello, Scott, Christopher A., 2017

Bringing the Hydrosocial Cycle into Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Mills-Novoa, Megan, Borgias, Sophia L., Crootof, Arica, Thapa, Bhuwan, de Grenade, Rafael, Scott, Christopher A., 2017

Anticipatory capacity in response to global change across an extreme elevation gradient in the Ica Basin, Peru
Regional Environmental Change, de Grenade, Rafael, Rudow, Joshua, Taboada Hermoza, Rossi, Adauto Aguirre, Maria Elena, Scott, Christopher A., Willems, Bram, Schultz, Jennifer L., Varady, Robert G., 2017

Traffic-related trace elements in soils along six highway segments on the Tibetan Plateau
Science of the Total Environment, Wang, Guanxing, Zeng, Chen, Zhang, Fan, Zhang, Yili, Scott, Christopher A., Yan, Xuedong, 2017

Social networks for management of water scarcity
Water Alternatives, Navarro-Navarro, Luis Alan, Moreno-Vazquez, Jose Luis, Scott, Christopher A., 2017

Re-linking governance of energy with livelihoods and irrigation in Uttarakhand, India
Water (Switzerland), Buechler, Stephanie, Sen, Debashish, Khandekar, Neha, Scott, Christopher A., 2016

Scientists, Policymakers, and Stakeholders Plan for Climate Change
Environment, Ocampo-Melgar, Anahí, Vicuña, Sebastián, Gironás, Jorge, Varady, Robert G., Scott, Christopher A., 2016

Water resources sustainability in a globalizing world
Hydrological Processes, Konar, Megan, Evans, Tom P., Levy, Morgan, Scott, Christopher A., Troy, Tara J., Vörösmarty, Charles J., Sivapalan, Murugesu, 2016

A Paradox of Plenty
Society and Natural Resources, Pasqualetti, Martin J., Jones, Thomas E., Necefer, Len, Scott, Christopher A., Colombi, Benedict J., 2016

Metrics for assessing adaptive capacity and water security
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Garfin, Gregg M., Scott, Christopher A., Wilder, Margaret, Varady, Robert G., Merideth, Robert, 2016

Towards characterizing the adaptive capacity of farmer-managed irrigation systems
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Thapa, Bhuwan, Scott, Christopher, Wester, Philippus, Varady, Robert, 2016

The nexus
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, de Grenade, R., House-Peters, L., Scott, C. A., Thapa, B., Mills-Novoa, M., Gerlak, A., Verbist, K., 2016

Desalination and water security in the US–Mexico border region
Water International, Wilder, Margaret O., Aguilar-Barajas, Ismael, Pineda-Pablos, Nicolás, Varady, Robert G., Megdal, Sharon B., McEvoy, Jamie, Merideth, Robert, Zúñiga-Terán, Adriana A., Scott, Christopher A., 2016

Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges
Global Environmental Change, Zeitoun, Mark, Lankford, Bruce, Krueger, Tobias, Forsyth, Tim, Carter, Richard, Hoekstra, Arjen Y., Taylor, Richard, Varis, Olli, Cleaver, Frances, Boelens, Rutgerd, Swatuk, Larry, Tickner, David, Scott, Christopher A., Mirumachi, Naho, Matthews, Nathanial, 2016

Rural and urban transitions with biogas and biomethane in brazil
Renewable Energy and Power Quality Journal, Pasqual, J. C., Bollmann, H. A., Scott, C., Andersen, S., Lange, M. V., 2016

Enhancing Water Governance for Climate Resilience, Scott, Christopher A., Lutz-Ley, America N., 2016

Secure water supply in water-scarce regions, Meza, Francisco, Scott, Christopher A., 2016

Understanding factors influencing hydro-climatic risk and human vulnerability, Misra, Gourav, Misra, Harekrishna, Scott, Christopher A., 2016

Integrating local users and multitiered institutions into the IWRM process, Lee, Ryan H., Herwehe, Lauren, Scott, Christopher A., 2015

Effects of irrigated parks on outdoor residential water use in a semi-arid city
Landscape Planning, Halper, Eve B., Dall'erba, Sandy, Bark, Rosalind H., Scott, Christopher A., Yool, Stephen R., 2015

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Scott, Christopher A., Kurian, Mathew, Wescoat, James L., 2015

Infrastructure sufficiency in meeting water demand under climate-induced socio-hydrological transition in the urbanizing Capibaribe River basin – Brazil
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Ribeiro Neto, A., Scott, C. A., Lima, E. A., L. Montenegro, S. M.G., Cirilo, J. A., 2014

Irrigation efficiency and water-policy implications for river basin resilience
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Scott, C. A., Vicuña, S., Blanco-Gutiérrez, I., Meza, F., Varela-Ortega, C., 2014

Interbasin water transfers at the US-Mexico border city of Nogales, Sonora
International Journal of Water Resources Development, Prichard, Andrea Harrop, Scott, Christopher A., 2014

Rethinking integrated water resources management, López-Gunn, Elena, Akhmouch, Aziza, Aldaya, Maite M., De Linaje, Virginia Alonso, Ballestero, Maureen, Bea, Manuel, Hirata, Ricardo, Kuroiwa, Julio M., Mayor, Beatriz, Perez, Lorena, Chang, Patricia Phumpiu, Scott, Christopher, Villarroya, Fermín, Zorrilla-Miras, Pedro, Jacobi, Pedro Roberto, Suarez, Andrea, Toto, Roberto Constantino, 2014

Drought and water scarcity, Curl, Katherine, Neri, Carolina, Scott, Christopher, 2014

Raising agricultural productivity with reduced use of energy and groundwater, Kumar, M. Dinesh, Scott, Christopher A., Singh, O. P., 2014

Can India raise agricultural productivity while reducing groundwater and energy use?
International Journal of Water Resources Development, Kumar, M. Dinesh, Scott, Christopher A., Singh, O. P., 2013

Electricity for groundwater use
Environmental Research Letters, Scott, Christopher A., 2013

Drinking Wastewater
Science Technology and Human Values, Ormerod, Kerri Jean, Scott, Christopher A., 2013

Transboundary adaptive management to reduce climate-change vulnerability in the western U.S.-Mexico border region
Environmental Science and Policy, Varady, Robert G., Scott, Christopher A., Wilder, Margaret, Morehouse, Barbara, Pablos, Nicolás Pineda, Garfin, Gregg M., 2013

Urban wastewater and agricultural reuse challenges in India
IWMI Research Report, Amerasinghe, Priyanie, Bhardwaj, Rajendra Mohan, Scott, Christopher, Jella, Kiran, Marshall, Fiona, 2013

The Mutual Conditioning of Humans and Pathogens
Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Scott, Christopher A., Robbins, Paul F., Comrie, Andrew C., 2012

Correlating Vegetation, Water Use, and Surface Temperature in a Semiarid City
Geographical Analysis, Halper, Eve B., Scott, Christopher A., Yool, Stephen R., 2012

Science-policy dialogues for water security
Environment, Scott, Christopher A., Varady, Robert G., Meza, Francisco, Montaa, Elma, De Raga, Graciela B., Luckman, Brian, Martius, Christopher, 2012

The global commodification of wastewater
Water International, Scott, Christopher A., Raschid-Sally, Liqa, 2012

Has water privatization peaked? The future of public water governance
Water International, de Gouvello, Bernard, Scott, Christopher A., 2012

Scenario planning to address critical uncertainties for robust and resilient water-wastewater infrastructures under conditions of water scarcity and rapid development
Water (Switzerland), Scott, Christopher A., Bailey, Christopher J., Marra, Ralph P., Woods, Gwendolyn J., Ormerod, Kerri Jean, Lansey, Kevin, 2012

Water, land, and development, Scott, Christopher, Venot, Jean Philippe, Molle, François, 2012

Scenario planning for robust water supply infrastructure design, Woods, Gwendolyn J., Ormerod, Kerri Jean, Bailey, Christopher J., Kang, Doosun, Quintanar, Daniel R., Curley, Edward F., Lansey, Kevin E., Scott, Christopher A., Arnold, Robert G., 2012