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 agricultural production, consumptive use, hydro-economic modeling and water-informatics.
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Economic Impacts of the 2020-2022 Drought to California Agriculture
The 4th Climate Change Assesement
Currently the WSML is developing UC Merced’s 4th Climate Change Assesment Paper in conjunction with other UC Merced Labs. It has been submitted for publishing and should be online soon.
Open Ag Web Platforms
Open Ag is a model platform that focuses on cropping patterns resulting from the manipulation of water & land avalibility and major crop production variables such as price and yield. Currently this model has been applied to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Open DAP) and the State of Washington (Open AGWA).
WSML PI Josué Medellín-Azuara
Water Systems Management
Under the immense ecological strains presented by climate change, rapid population growth and increasing global industrialization, sustainable management of water resources become a key factor in maintaining the health of the planet. While technological advancements play an important role in increasing the efficiency of our water use in agricultural, industrial, and domestic settings, directed efforts in allocation and end-use become necessary to ensure that this natural resource can satisfy human expansion rates. Along with the implementation of systems to reduce stress on water resources, the conduction of field studies and design of models are necessary for monitoring impact severity.
The University of California, Merced Water Systems Management 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 agricultural production, consumptive use, hydro-economic modeling, and water informatics.