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This site displays a collection of undergraduate research results exploring the complexities of water in the Middle East, particularly associated with dams. Historically, water in this region has been a source of tension because of the implications of controlling a finite resource in a desert climate. The research examines individual dams and their political, economic, social, and environmental impacts.

Research for this site is represented by utilizing the tools and mapping capabilities of the program ArcGIS. Learning and perfecting the programming could not have been accomplished without the help and support of Digital History Lab Director Gabe Moss, GIS Librarian Philip McDaniel, our professor Dr. Sarah Shields, and Graduate Research Consultant Madeline Azar.

We encourage you to explore the various ArcGIS story maps headed at the top of this page, and we hope you learn as much as we did throughout this journey.