Welcome to the Water Systems Management Lab!


The University of California, Merced Water Systems Management (WSM) Lab is devoted to combating issues relating to water availability, quality and distribution using modernized, interdisciplinary approaches. Topics of research interest in the lab include water and agricultural economics, systems analysis in water resources and water-informatics.


Sustainable management of water resources is a key factor in maintaining the health of the planet. Directed efforts in allocation and efficient use have become necessary to ensure that this natural resource
can satisfy human expansion rates.

The Water Systems Management Lab at University of California, Merced is devoted to combating issues relating to water availability, quality, and distribution.

Topics of research interest in this lab include:

  • Climate Extremes 
  • Systems Analysis in Water 
  • Agriculture Economics 
  • Resilient Communities 

The use of interdisciplinary approaches such as hydrology, dynamic computer modeling, environmental policy, and education to study water management, especially regarding the agricultural sector, aims to
improve both food availability and economic viability of farming and to reduce the environmental consequences of crop production. Better understandings of trends in usage are important in determining
realistic agricultural water-use goals for farmers and for estimating environmental impacts of agricultural activity; these studies can then become important tools in advising policymakers and agricultural


Welcome UC Alianza MX Summer 2024 Exchange Students! 

Credit: UC MercedWe would like to extend a great welcome and introduction to two new students in the Water Systsems Management Lab for the duration of the 2024 Summer. We are very excited to host Luis Angel Acosta-Chavez from the Universidad Michoacana in Morelia,...

UNAM Postdoc Mario Hernandez visit UC Merced

Credit: Mario HernandezDr Hernandez's was hosted by the Water Systems Management Lab at UC Merced from May 6th to 23rd  2024 as part of the Academic exchange of UC Alianza MX project. During his stay, Dr Hernandez worked primarily with Dr Medellin and Dr Tom Harmon...

In Memory of Carlos Patiño Gomez

In Memory of Carlos Patiño Gómez We want to express our deepest regret and condolences for the passing of our friend and collaborator,distinguished academic and professional in Civil Engineering Dr. Carlos Patiño Gómez, Ph.D. With over30 years of experience, Dr....

Congratulations to PhD graduates Jose, Jorge, and MS graduate Spencer!

The WSM Lab congratulates our members Jorge Valero, Jose M. Rodriquez-Flores, and Spencer Cole on graduating at UC Merced.Jorge ValeroJose M. Rodriquez-FloresSpencer Cole

Changes are coming to California!

Credit: BNN BloombergDr. Josue Medellin-Azuara was featured on bnnbloomberg.ca for the amazing research he is doing on the landscape of agriculture in California. Do you ever wonder if California will need to stop growing certain crops or how we will recharge...