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Published September 28, 2023 | Version v1
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Dataset for Scoping Review of Water Conflicts in a Changing Climate

  • 1. Department of Physical Geography and Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2. Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
  • 3. Water & Development Research Group, Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Finland
  • 4. School of International and Public Affairs & China Institute for Urban Governance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • 5. Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden


A scoping review was performed to quantify concepts covered in the scientific literature relating to water conflict in a changing climate. The uploaded file consists of:

  • A list of all studies found using the search terms, and
  • All meta categories and concept categories, with all search strings used

All searches were using EBSCO Discovery Service. Search terms used were:

  1. (“climate change” OR “global warming”) AND conflict AND (water OR hydrology), January 2023
  2. (conflict OR dispute) AND hydroclimat*, May 2023
  3. (“water conflict” OR “water dispute”) AND (precipitation OR temperature), May 2023
  4. (“climate change” OR “global warming”) AND dispute AND (water OR hydrology), May 2023

The final publication selection for the scoping review was made based on four criteria, all of which needed to be fulfilled for each selected study:
i) considering conflicts in a climate change context (directly or indirectly related to hydroclimate);
ii) considering water-related conflicts (directly or indirectly related to water aspects);
iii) not only considering conflicts of interest but also including some actual conflict act (violent or non-violent);
iv) contributing to understanding or including a discussion about underlying causes of conflict or evaluating such causes of potential future conflict (i.e., studies involving some assessment of the drivers of conflict and not focusing solely on conflict resolution).
Relevance based on these criteria was first evaluated by reading the abstracts and the full text was examined only when further clarification on the relevance of a study was needed.

For our analysis, we created so-called concept categories that bring together several similar words around the same broader concepts. For example, the concept category ‘governance’ includes the words policy, politic\w*, polici\w*, democra\w*, govern\w*, supreme court, minist\w*, and federal (for all concept categories, see the Zenodo file). The different concept categories were further grouped together into so-called meta-categories (political, livelihoods and industry, climate change, conflict, cooperation, scale).

Results will be found in the open source article after publication and then the DOI to that article will be added here.



The record is publicly accessible, but files are restricted to users with access.