Robert B. Sowby

Robert B. Sowby ( is a water resources engineer at Hansen, Allen & Luce and a Ph.D. student in the University of Utah's Urban Water Group. A graduate of BYU and MIT, he has contributed to over 100 civil, water, and environmental projects throughout North America.

Hydroterrorism: A Threat to Water Resources

Hydroterrorism—a form of terrorism in which water is the tool or the target—is intensifying. Recent incidents in the Middle East and past incidents elsewhere illustrate that water resource systems are vulnerable to both physical and virtual attacks. This white paper introduces the problem, presents pertinent examples, and offers some direction for response.

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