Publications

University of Zimbabwe

Together with many colleagues and graduate students, I have researched and written about several aspects of water resources management, including institutional perspectives & water policy, transboundary waters & water allocation,  water resources modelling, water management for rain-fed agriculture (green water management), sand rivers, irrigation water management, and capacity development. This page, together with linked pages, provides an overview. See also my profile at Google Scholar.

Several papers have been published in open access journals and books. Also many of the papers have been published in PhD theses, which in the Dutch system are also open access (see the page of PhD fellows). However, in some cases copyright laws inhibit the full papers to be freely available. If you want access to the full papers, please contact me by sending an email or commenting at the bottom of this page.

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Duker A.E.C., B. Mutuma Karimba, G.E. Wani, P. Prasad, P. van der Zaag and C. de Fraiture C., 2022. Security in flexibility: accessing land and water for irrigation in Kenya’s changing rural environment. Cahiers Agricultures 31,7 [doi:10.1051/cagri/2022003] [OPEN ACCESS]

Owusu, A., M.L. Mul, P. van der Zaag and J. Slinger, 2022. May the odds be in your favour: Why many attempts to reoperate dams for the environment stall. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 148(5), 04022009 [doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001521][OPEN ACCESS]

Godinez Madrigal, J., N. Van Cauwenbergh, J. Hoogesteger, P. Claure Gutierrez and P. van der Zaag, 2022. The limits to large-scale supply augmentation: exploring the crossroads of conflicting urban water system development pathways. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 26, 885–902 [doi:10.5194/hess-26-885-2022] [OPEN ACCESS]

Mutuma Karimba, B., A. Duker, P. Prasad, P. Karimi, C. de Fraiture and P. van der Zaag, 2022. Irrigation on the move: How transient farming partnerships facilitate the expansion of smallholder irrigation along ephemeral rivers in dryland areas of Kenya. Agricultural Water Management 265, 107526 [doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2022.107526] [OPEN ACCESS]

Owusu, A., M.L. Mul, M. Strauch, P. van der Zaag, M. Volk and J. Slinger, 2022. The clam and the dam: a Bayesian belief network approach to developing an environmental flow regime in a data scarce region. Science of the Total Environment 810, 151315 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151315] [OPEN ACCESS]

Van Cauwenbergh, N., P.A. Dourojeanni, P. van der Zaag, M. Brugnach, K. Dartee, R. Giordano and E. Lopez-Gunn, 2022. Beyond TRL – Understanding institutional readiness for implementation of nature-based solutions. Environmental Science and Policy 127, 293-302 [doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2021.09.021]

Den Besten, N., S. Steele-Dunne, B. Aouizerats, A. Zajdband, R. de Jeu and P. van der Zaag, 2021. Observing sucrose accumulation with Sentinel-1 backscatter. Frontiers in Remote Sensing 2, 778691 [doi:10.3389/frsen.2021.778691] [OPEN ACCESS]

Den Besten, N., S. Steele-Dunne, R. de Jeu and P. van der Zaag, 2021. Towards monitoring waterlogging with remote sensing for sustainable irrigated agriculture. Remote Sensing 13(15), 2929 [doi:10.3390/rs13152929] [OPEN ACCESS]

Verhagen, J., P. van der Zaag and E. Abraham, 2021. Operational planning of WEF infrastructure: quantifying the value of information sharing and cooperation in the Eastern Nile basin. Environmental Research Letters 16, 085006 [doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac1194] [OPEN ACCESS]

Renner, T., S. Meijerink, P. van der Zaag and T. Smit, 2021. Assessment framework of actor strategies in international river basin management. International Environmental Agreements 21, 255-283 [doi:10.1007/s10784-020-09512-5] [OPEN ACCESS]

Owusu, A., M. Mul, P. van der Zaag and J. Slinger, 2021. Re-operating dams for environmental flows: From recommendation to practice. River Research and Applications 37, 176–186  [doi.org:10.1002/rra.3624] [OPEN ACCESS]

Townsend, D.A., J. Sušnik and Pieter van der Zaag, 2020. Domestic water supply vulnerability to climate change and the role of alternative water sources in Kingston, Jamaica. Special Issue “Central America and Caribbean Hydrometeorology and Hydroclimate.” Atmosphere 11, 1314. [doi:10.3390/atmos11121314] [OPEN ACCESS]

Godinez-Madrigal, J., N. van Cauwenbergh, P. van der Zaag, 2020. Unravelling intractable water conflicts: the entanglement of science and politics in decision-making on a large hydraulic infrastructure. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 24, 4903–4921 [doi:10.5194/hess-24-4903-2020] [OPEN ACCESS]

Ekka, A., S. Pande, Y. Jiang and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Anthropogenic modifications and river ecosystem services: a landscape perspective. Special issue “Ecosystem Functioning in Rivers and Riparian Zones.” Water 12(10), 2706 [doi:10.3390/w12102706] [OPEN ACCESS]

Savenije, H.H.G., and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Water value flows upstream. Special issue “In Memory of Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra.” Water 12(9), 2642 [doi:10.3390/w12092642] [OPEN ACCESS]

Enteshari, S., H. Safavi and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Simulating the interactions between the water and the socio-economic system in a stressed endorheic basin. Special issue “Advancing socio-hydrology: a synthesis of coupled human–water systems across disciplines.” Hydrological Sciences Journal 2020, 1-16 [doi:10.1080/02626667.2020.1802027] [OPEN ACCESS]

Duker, A.E.C., T.A. Mawoyo, A. Bolding, C. de Fraiture and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Shifting or drifting? The crisis-driven advancement and failure of private smallholder irrigation from sand river aquifers in arid Zimbabwe. Agricultural Water Management 241, 106342 [doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106342] [OPEN ACCESS]

Gebremicael, T.G., Y. Mohamed, P. van der Zaag, K. Hassaballah and E.Y. Hagos, 2020. Change in low flows due to catchment management dynamics – application of a comparative modelling approach. Hydrological Processes 34 (9), 2101-2116 [doi:10.1002/hyp.13715] [OPEN ACCESS]

Duker, A., C. Cambaza, P. Saveca, S. Ponguane, T.A. Mawoyo, M. Hulshof, L. Nkomo, S. Hussey, B. Van den Pol, R. Vuik, T. Stigter and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Using nature-based water storage for smallholder irrigated agriculture in African drylands: Lessons from frugal innovation pilots in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  Special issue “Water Innovation in Africa.” Environmental Science and Policy 107, 1-6. [doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.02.010] [OPEN ACCESS]

Bakhshianlamouki, E., S. Masia, P. Karimi, P. van der Zaag, J. Susnik, 2020. A system dynamics model to quantify the impacts of restoration measures on the water-energy-food nexus in the Urmia Lake Basin, Iran. Science of the Total Environment 708, 134874 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134874]

Institutional perspectives & water policy

Savenije, H.H.G., and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Water value flows upstream. Special issue “In Memory of Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra.” Water 12(9), 2642 [doi:10.3390/w12092642] [OPEN ACCESS]

Godinez-Madrigal, J., N. van Cauwenbergh, P. van der Zaag, 2019. Production of competing water knowledge in the face of water crises: Revisiting the IWRM success story of the Lerma-Chapala Basin, Mexico. Geoforum 103, 3-15 [doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.02.002] [OPEN ACCESS]

Sifundza, L.S., P. van der Zaag and I. Masih, 2019. Evaluation of the responses of institutions and actors to the 2015/2016 El Niño drought in the Komati catchment in Southern Africa: lessons to support future drought management. Water SA 45 (4) 547-559 [doi:10.17159/wsa/2019.v45.i4.7535] [OPEN ACCESS]

Fanaian, S., S. Graas, Y. Jiang and P. van der Zaag, 2015. An ecological economic assessment of flow regimes in a hydropower dominated river basin: The case of the lower Zambezi River, Mozambique. Science of the Total Environment 505: 464–473 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.033]

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Transboundary waters & water allocation

Verhagen, J., P. van der Zaag and E. Abraham, 2021. Operational planning of WEF infrastructure: quantifying the value of information sharing and cooperation in the Eastern Nile basin. Environmental Research Letters 16, 085006 [doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac1194] [OPEN ACCESS]

Renner, T., S. Meijerink, P. van der Zaag, 2018b. Progress beyond policy making? Assessing the performance of Dutch-German cross border cooperation in Deltarhine. Water International 43(7), 996-1015 [10.1080/02508060.2018.1526562]

Digna, R.F., M.E. Castro-Gama, P. van der Zaag, Y.A. Mohamed, G. Corzo and S. Uhlenbrook, 2018b. Optimal operation of the Eastern Nile system using Genetic Algorithm and Benefits distribution of water resources development. Water 10(7), 921 [doi:10.3390/w10070921] [OPEN ACCESS]

Kahsay, T.N., O. Kuik, R. Brouwer and P. van der Zaag, 2018. The transboundary impacts of trade liberalization and climate change on the Nile Basin economies and water resource availability. Water Resources Management 32 (3): 935–947 [doi:10.1007/s11269-017-1847-7]

Abdullah, Ali; Castro Gama, Mario; Popescu, Ioana; van der Zaag, Pieter; Karim, Usama; Al Suhail, Qusay, 2018. Optimization of water allocation in the Shatt al-Arab River under different salinity regimes and tide impact. Hydrological Sciences Journal 63(4), 646-656 [https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2018.1446213]

Digna, R.F.M.O., Y. Mohamed, P. van der Zaag, S. Uhlenbrook, G. Corzo, W. van der Krogt, 2018. Impact of water resources development on water availability for hydropower production and irrigated agriculture of the Eastern Nile Basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 144(5): 05018007 [doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000912]

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Water resources modelling

Enteshari, S., H. Safavi and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Simulating the interactions between the water and the socio-economic system in a stressed endorheic basin. Hydrological Sciences Journal 2020, 1-16 [doi:10.1080/02626667.2020.1802027] [OPEN ACCESS]

Bakhshianlamouki, E., S. Masia, P. Karimi, P. van der Zaag, J. Susnik, 2020. A system dynamics model to quantify the impacts of restoration measures on the water-energy-food nexus in the Urmia Lake Basin, Iran. Science of the Total Environment 708, 134874 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134874]

Saraiva Okello, A., S. Uhlenbrook, G. Jewitt, I. Masih, E. Riddell and P. van der Zaag, 2018. Hydrograph separation using tracers and digital filters to quantify runoff components in a semi-arid meso-scale catchment. Hydrological Processes 32(10), 1334-1350 [doi:10.1002/hyp.11491]

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Green water management

Birhanu, A., I. Masih, P. van der Zaag, J. Nyssen and X. Cai, 2019. Impacts of land use and land cover changes on hydrology of the Gumara catchment, Ethiopia. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 112, 165–174 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2019.01.006]

Yalew, S.G., T. Pilz, C. Schweitzer, S. Liersch, J. van der Kwast, A.van Griensven, M.L. Mul, C. Dickens, and P. van der Zaag, 2018. Coupling land-use change and hydrologic models for quantification of catchment ecosystem services. Environmental Modelling and Software 109, 315-328 [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.029]

Yalew, S.G., T. Pilz, C. Schweitzer, S. Liersch, J. van der Kwast, A.van Griensven, M.L. Mul, C. Dickens, and P. van der Zaag, 2018. Coupling land-use change and hydrologic models for quantification of catchment ecosystem services. Environmental Modelling and Software 109, 315-328 [doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.029]

Kiptala, J., M.L. Mul, Y.A. Mohamed and P. van der Zaag, 2018. Multi-objective analysis of the green-blue water uses in a highly utilized basin. Case study of Pangani Basin, Africa. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 144(8): 05018010 [doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000960]

Kiptala, J., B. Laa, T. Hessels and P. van der Zaag, 2018c. An assessment of the value of an African landscape. The case of the Mara Basin, Kenya. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 107, 71–85 [10.1016/j.pce.2018.09.009]

Gebremicael, T., Y.A Mohamed, P. van der Zaag and E.Y Hagos, 2018. Quantifying longitudinal land use change from land degradation to rehabilitation in the headwaters of Tekeze-Atbara Basin, Ethiopia. Science of the Total Environment 622-623, 1581-1589 [doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.034]

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Sand rivers

Duker A.E.C., Karimba B.M., Wani G.E., Prasad P., Van der Zaag P., De Fraiture C., 2022. Security in flexibility: accessing land and water for irrigation in Kenya’s changing rural environment. Cahiers Agricultures 31,7 [doi:10.1051/cagri/2022003] [OPEN ACCESS]

Mutuma Karimba, B., A. Duker, P. Prasad, P. Karimi, C. de Fraiture and P. van der Zaag, 2022. Irrigation on the move: How transient farming partnerships facilitate the expansion of smallholder irrigation along ephemeral rivers in dryland areas of Kenya. Agricultural Water Management 265, 107526 [doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2022.107526] [OPEN ACCESS]

Duker, A.E.C., T.A. Mawoyo, A. Bolding, C. de Fraiture and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Shifting or drifting? The crisis-driven advancement and failure of private smallholder irrigation from sand river aquifers in arid Zimbabwe. Agricultural Water Management 241, 106342 [doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106342] [OPEN ACCESS]

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Irrigation management

Rap, E., and P. van der Zaag, 2019. Engaging with flows: embodied cognition in water provision. Water 11, 1751 [doi:10.3390/w11091751] [OPEN ACCESS]

Van der Zaag, P. and E. Rap, 2012. The pivotal role of canal operators in irrigation schemes: The case of the canalero. Irrigation and Drainage 61: 436–448 [doi:10.1002/ird.693]

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Capacity development

Jonker, L., P. van der Zaag, B. Gumbo, J. Rockström, D. Love, H.H.G. Savenije, 2012. A regional and multi-faceted approach to postgraduate water education – the WaterNet experience in Southern Africa. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 4225–4232 [doi:10.5194/hess-16-4225-2012] [OPEN ACCESS]

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Hwange waterhole, Zimbabwe (photo: Jochem van der Zaag)

2 thoughts on “Publications

  1. Dear Sir,
    Feels very happy and nostalgic your academic records and your photographs. I am proud of being your student.
    Kind Regards, Subha

  2. Dear Pieter, Dear Subha
    First Pieter, congratulations for your webe page and for sharing important documents about water resources management. My name is Carlos Saavedra (Agricultura Engineer) I work in Bolivia in the subject of integrated watershed management. With our project we are looking in how make “sustainable” intervention (implementation of watershed projects) at microwatershed level. As such i would really appreciate the oportunity to review the Phd thesis entitled “Sustainable watershed management: illusion or reality” written Subha Vishnudas. If you could availabel a pdf format i will appreciated very much. best regards Carlos

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