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Exhibit: Living in Hydroclimatic Extremes: A Visual Journey into Water Research at UC Merced


Living in Hydroclimatic Extremes: A Visual Journey into Water Research at UC Merced

In September 2021, UC Merced received its largest extramural grant to date—an impressive $10 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The acquisition of Secure Water Future funding underscores the imperative to make significant strides in addressing agricultural and environmental water needs, with a particular focus on the Central Valley of California.

As the newest addition to the University of California system, UC Merced has swiftly risen to prominence for its water research. This ascension can be attributed to the collective impact of projects like Secure Water Future and a constellation of other research endeavors.

Nestled in the heart of a region grappling with the dual challenges of water scarcity and escalating demands, UC Merced's faculty, students, and staff have dedicated their expertise to essential work that informs water management practices and measurement techniques. Researchers also explore the implications of hydroclimatic whiplash, examine the causes and impacts of groundwater contamination, and promote cross-sector collaboration in the region. These efforts extend beyond innovative research initiatives to include nurturing the next generation of water leaders and amplifying the impact of interdisciplinary team science.

This showcase, presented through a blend of photographs and infographics, vividly portrays UC Merced's role in shaping a sustainable and resilient water future amid the uncertainties of our changing climate.