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Produced water is a multifaceted phenomenon with complex hydrologic, social, economic, and environmental implications for human-natural systems. To better understand such implications, we need to equip ourselves with sophisticated analytical and computational tools that take such complexities into account. In this project, we will explore the possibility and usefulness of developing a hybrid, multi-method dynamic simulation modeling approach that considers both aggregate feedback and heterogeneous nature of the produced water problem. We will then identify potential questions that could be addressed exclusively by the hybrid method.

In January of 2020, NM WRRI initiated Year 1 of the NM Universities Produced Water Synthesis Project (NMUPWSP) with researchers at NM WRRI, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, and The University of New Mexico (UNM). This collaboration is funded through state appropriations for a statewide water assessment. The project’s Year 1 goal was to synthesize information on produced water science and management. NMUPWSP has now completed Year 1 projects, resulting in the publication of the first two technical completion reports. The project is ongoing and has an overall goal of bringing together experts in the areas of treatment technology, geochemistry, seismology, hydrogeology, policy, data management and analysis, stakeholder engagement, and system science to provide an independent understanding of the broad implications of produced water management decisions on regional water budgets.

–(eNews Edition March 2021)

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Utton Transboundary Resources Center (University of New Mexico) Analysis of the Relationship Between Current Regulatory and Legal Frameworks and the "Produced Water Act" TR-396 2022-08-21 00:00:00 Russo Baca, S.;Kupfer, A.;McLain, S.
University of New Mexico Analysis of the Relationship Between Water, Oil & Gas in New Mexico: Investigation of Past and Future Trend TR-390 2021-02-01 00:00:00 Thomson, B.M.;Chermak, J.M. Hydrofracturing, Produced Water
New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute Development of a Multi-method Dynamic Simulation Model: Exploring Opportunities for Produced Water Reuse TR-391 2021-03-01 00:00:00 Langarudi, S.P.;Sabie, R.P.;Bahaddin, B.;Fernald, A.G. Produced Water Management, Hybrid Modeling, Simulation, System Dynamics, Agent-based Modeling, Geospatial Analysis, Cross-scale Complexity
New Mexico State University Characterization of Produced Water in the Permian Basin for Potential Beneficial Use TR-398 2022-02-22 00:00:00 Xu, P.;Zhang, Y.;Jiang, W.;Hu, L.;Xu, X.;Carroll, K.C.;Khan, N.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Building a Produced Water Budget for New Mexico: Phase I - Database Construction TR-395 2022-08-21 00:00:00 Cather, M.;Gallegos, C.;Chen, D.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Monitoring of produced-waters-related seismicity and surface deformation in a three-dimensional geologic context in the Permian Basin, New Mexico TBD Coming Soon! Rinehart, A.;Litherland, M.;Grigg, J.;Grapenthin, R.
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