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Arias, M.E., Farinosi, F., Lee, E., Livino, A., Briscoe, J., Moorcroft, P.R., Effects of climate change and deforestation on the Amazon’s hydrological cycle will require interventions to hydropower planning (In review).

Benjamin, J., Arias, M.E., Zhang, Q. A Techno-Economic Process Model for Pressure Retarded Osmosis based Energy Recovery in Desalination Plants (In revision)


Kaura, M., Arias, M.E., Benjamin, J., Oeurng, C., Cochrane, T.A., Benefits of Forest Conservation on Riverine Sediment and Hydropower in the Tonle Sap Basin, Cambodia. Ecosystem Services 39 (2019): 101003.

Pool, T., Elliott, V., Holtgrieve, G., Arias, M.E., Altman, I., Kaufman, L., McCann, K., Fraser, E.D.G., Tudesque, L., Chevalier, M., Grenouillet, G., Chea, R., Lek, S., McMeans, B., Cooperman, M., Phen, C., Hannah, L., Miller, B., Guo, C., Nam, S., 2019. Fish assemblage composition within the floodplain habitat mosaic of a tropical lake (Tonle Sap, Cambodia). Freshwater Biology 0.

Farinosi, F., Arias, M.E., Pereira, F.F., Lee, E., Moorcroft, P.R., Briscoe, J., 2019. Future climate and land use change impacts on river flows in the Tapajós Basin in the Brazilian Amazon. Earth’s Future, Accepted.

Sabo, J.L., Holtgrieve, G.W., Ruhi, A., Arias, M.E., Ngor, P.B., Elliott, V., Räsänen, T., Nam, S., 2019. Response to Comment on “Designing river flows to improve food security futures in the Lower Mekong Basin.” Science 364, eaav9887.

Oeurng, C., Cochrane, T.A., Chung, S., Kondolf, M., Piman, T., Arias, M.E., Assessing Climate Change Impacts on River Flows in the Tonle Sap Lake Basin, Cambodia. Water 11, 618.

Arias, M.E., Holtgrieve, GW, Ngor, BP, Dang, TD, Piman, T. Maintaining Perspective of Ongoing Environmental Change in the Mekong Floodplains. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1–7.

Hecht, Jory S., Lacombe, Guillaume, Arias, M. E., Thanh Duc Dang, Thanapon Piman, Hydropower dams of the Mekong River basin: a review of their hydrological impacts. J of Hydrology, 568 285-300.


Holtgrieve, G. W., M. E. Arias, A. Ruhi, V. Elliott, S. Nam, P. B. Ngor, T. A. Räsänen, and J. L. Sabo. Response to Comments on “Designing river flows to improve food security futures in the Lower Mekong Basin”. Science 361, no. 6398 (2018): eaat1477.

Arias, M.E., Lee, E., Farinosi, F., Pereira, F.F., Moorcroft, P.R.Decoupling the effects of deforestation and climate variability in the Tapajos basin in the Brazilian Amazon. Hydrological Processes 32 (11) 1648-1663. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11517

Dang Duc, T., Cochrane, Arias, M.E., Quantifying sediment dynamics in mega deltas using remote sensing data: a case study of the Mekong floodplains. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation (June 2018) 68, 105–115.

Dang Duc, T., Cochrane, Arias, M.E., Van, T.P.D., Modeling the impact of future development and sea level rise on the hydrology of the Mekong River floodplains and delta. Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies 15, 119-133.

Kondolf, M., Schmitt, R.J.P., Carling, P., Darby, S., Arias, M.E., Bizzi, S., Castelletti, A., Cochrane, T.A., Gibson, S., Kummu, M., Oeurng, C., Rubin, Z., Wild, T., Changing sediment budget of the Mekong: Cumulative threats and management strategies for a large river basin. Science of the Total Environment 625, 114-134.

Arias, M.E., Wittmann, P., Parolin, P., Murray-Hudson, M. A., Cochrane, T.A. Interactions between flooding and upland disturbance drives species diversity in large river floodplains. Hydrobiologia 814 (1) 5-17.


Sabo, J.L., Ruhi, A.,  Holtgrieve, G. H., Elliott, V., M. E. Arias, Ngor, P.B., Räsänen, T., Nam, S., Designing river flows to improve food security futures in the Lower Mekong Basin. Science Dec 8 2017. doi:10.1126/science.aao1053. (Featured in front cover)

Shrestha, B., Cochrane, T.A., Caruso, B. S., Arias, M. E., Land use change Uncertainty on streamflow and sediment projections in areas undergoing rapid development: A case study of the Mekong Basin. Land Degradation and Development November 2017 doi: 10.1002/ldr.2831.

Pereira, F. F., Farinosi, F., Arias, M. E., Lee, E., Briscoe, J., and Moorcroft, P. R. Technical Note: A hydrological routing scheme for the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2+R). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 21, 4629 doi:10.5194/hess-2016-114.


Shrestha, B., Cochrane, T.A., Caruso, B. S., Arias, M. E., Piman, T., Uncertainty in flow and sediment predictions due to future climate scenarios for the 3S Rivers in the Mekong Basin. Journal of Hydrology 540, 1088–1104. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.07.019

Oeurng, C., T. A. Cochrane, M. E. Arias, B. Shrestha, and T. Piman. Assessment of Changes in Riverine Nitrate in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong Tributaries of the Lower Mekong River Basin. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 8 (December 2016): 95–111. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2016.07.004.

Dang, D.T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E., Van, P. D. T., de Vries, T. T. Hydrological regime changes as impacted by water infrastructure development in the Mekong Floodplains. Hydrological Processes 30: 3824–3838. doi: 10.1002/hyp.10894..

Piman, T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E.  Effect of Proposed Large Dams on Water Flows and Hydropower Production in the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok Rivers of the Mekong Basin. River Research and Applications 32, 2095–2108. doi:10.1002/rra.3045.

Parolin, P., Ferreira, L.V., Piedade, M.T.F., Cunha, C.N., Wittmann, F., Arias, M.E. (2016). Flood Tolerant Trees in Seasonally Inundated Lowland Tropical Floodplains, in: Goldstein, G., Santiago, S.L. (Eds.), Tropical Tree Physiology: Adaptations and Responses in a Changing Environment. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 127–147.


Piman, T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E., Dat, N.D., Vonnarart, O. Managing Hydropower under Climate Change in the Mekong Tributaries. In S. Shrestha (Ed.), Managing Water Resources under Climate Uncertainty: Examples from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Springer Water.


Arias, M.E., Piman, T., Lauri, H., Cochrane, T.A., Kummu, M. Dams on Mekong tributaries as significant contributors of hydrological alterations to the Tonle Sap Floodplain in Cambodia. Hydrological and Earth System Sciences 18 5303–5315, DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-5303-2014.

Cochrane, T. A., Arias, M. E., Piman, T. Historical impact of water infrastructure on water levels of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap System. Hydrological and Earth System Sciences 18 4529-4541, DOI: 10.5194/hessd-18-4529-2014.

Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Kummu, M., Lauri, H., Koponen, J., Holtgrieve, G.W., Piman, T. Impacts of hydropower and climate change on drivers of ecological productivity of Southeast Asia’s most important wetland. Ecological Modelling 272C 252-263, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.10.015.

Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Elliott,V. Modelling future changes of habitat and fauna of the Tonle Sap wetland of the Mekong. Environmental Conservation 41.02 (2014): 165-175.


Holtgrieve, G.W., Arias, M.E., Irvine, K.N., Lamberts, D., Ward, E.J., Kummu, M., Koponen, J., Richey, J.E. (2013) Patterns of Ecosystem Metabolism in the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia with Links to Capture Fisheries. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71395. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0071395.

Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Norton, D., Killeen, T.J., Khon, P. The flood pulse as the underlying driver of vegetation in the largest wetland and fishery of the Mekong Basin. AMBIO 42 (7) 864-876, DOI: 10.1007/s13280-013-0424-4.

Arias, M.E., Brown, M.T., Sansalone, J. J. Characterization of stormwater suspended sediments and phosphorus in an urban catchment in Florida (USA). Journal of Environmental Engineering 2013.139:277-288.

Piman, T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E., Green, A., Dat, N.D. Assessment of Flow Changes from Hydropower Development and Operations in Sre Kong, Se San and Sre Pok Rivers of the Mekong Basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 139.6 (2013): 723-732


Cooperman M.S., S. Nam, M. E. Arias, T. Cochrane, V. Elliott, T. Hand, L. Hannah, G. Holtgrieve, L. Kaufman,  A. Koening, J. Koponen, V. Kum, K. McCann, P. McIntyre, B. Min, C. Ou, N. Rooney, K. Rose, J. Sabo, K.O. Winemiller. A watershed moment for the Mekong: New regulations may boost sustainability of the world’s largest inland fishery. Cambodian Journal of Natural History December 2012.

Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Piman, T., Kummu, M., Caruso, B., Killeen, T.J. Quantifying changes in flooding and habitats in the Tonle Sap Lake (Cambodia) caused by water infrastructure development and climate change in the Mekong Basin. Journal of Environmental Management 112 53-66.


Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Lawrence, K., Killeen, T. J., and Farrell T.A. Paying the forest for electricity: A modelling framework to market forest management as payment for ecosystem services benefiting hydropower generation. Environmental Conservation 38 (4) 1-12.

Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Caruso, B., Killeen, T.J., Kummu, M. (2011) A landscape approach to assess impacts of hydrological changes to vegetation communities of the Tonle Sap Floodplain. Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress, Brisbane, Australia, June 27-July 1, 2011.


Arias, M.E., Brown, M.T. (2009) Feasibility of Treatment Wetlands for Municipal Wastewater in Colombia: Emergy Evaluation of Treatment Alternatives. In: Brown, M.T., S. Sweeney, D.E. Campbell, S. Huang, E. Ortega, T. Rydberg, D. Tilley and S. Ulgiati (eds). 2009 Emergy Synthesis 5: Theory and applications of the emergy methodology. Proceedings of the 4th Biennial Emergy Conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 483 pp.

Arias, M.E., Brown, M.T., Feasibility of using constructed treatment wetlands for municipal wastewater in the Bogotá Savannah, Colombia. Ecological Engineering 35: 1070-1078.