Groundwater Rights in Mexican Agriculture: Spatial Distribution and Demographic Determinants

The Professional Geographer, Volume 62, Issue 1 February 2010 , pages 1 – 15

Christopher A. Scott;  Sandy Dall’erba; Rolando Diacuteaz Caravantes

“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.”