Groundwater rights in mexican agriculture: Spatial distribution and demographic determinants

Christopher A. Scott, Sandy Dall'erba, Rolando Díaz Caravantes

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Groundwater use intensity and aquifer depletion increase from south to north with decreasing rainfall and increasing economic activity in Mexico. To heighten scholarly understanding and offer new insights that strengthen policy responses to aquifer depletion, we analyze the spatial distribution of agricultural groundwater use from irrigation well titles in 2,429 municipalities and its relation to agricultural surface water and population employed in agriculture. Exploratory spatial data analysis reveals spatial dependence among all three variables implying that policy initiatives to address intensive groundwater use must be targeted at clusters of aquifers and municipalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • Groundwater
  • Mexico
  • Spatial statistics
  • Water rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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