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Making up for lost snow: lessons from a warming Sierra Nevada

C21H: The Nye Lecture and Honored Member Presentations, AGU 2017

 

California's Water Tower

Using satellites and sensors to project California's water supply. Think of the Sierra Nevada as California's water. Sixty percent or more of our water comes from this mountain range. This episode of Onward California follows Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced, into the mountains to measure the water and geochemical balance of the landscape. The impact of climate change on California's water supply is more than an environmental concern - it's at the forefront of economic stability.

 

Climate Watch: California at the Tipping Point

The world's climate is changing, and California is now being affected in both dramatic and subtle ways. Get an in-depth look at the science behind climate change as we explore the environmental changes taking place throughout the state.

 

Critical Research in the Sierra Nevada

Scientists in UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute are conducting important research into a vital region of our state, including finding new ways of measuring the snowpack and other factors that affect the flow of water out of the mountains.

 

Data Innovation Day: Visualizing the Environment, Roger Bales

Roger Bales, UC Merced, Engineering presenting Visualizing the Environment during CITRIS's Data Innovation Day.

 

Impact: Marine Biodiversity on Display

UC Merced Professor Michael Dawson's research into the biodiversity of jellyfish is the subject of an exhibit in the Kolligian Library.

 

Impact: Planned Reserve for Conservation, Education

Sixty-five-hundred acres of protected land adjacent to UC Merced, which is home to vernal pools and their accompanying flora and fauna, is planned to be a natural reserve. The reserve will function as a research and public education center as well as a place for conservation when it joins the 38 other UC nature reserves.

 

Impact: Simulating Climate Change in the Mountains

UC Merced ecologist Lara Kueppers is using infrared heaters in the mountains of Colorado to simulate the effects of climate change on tree species.

 

Introduction to Conservation Agriculture Cropping Systems

Throughout history, the loss of arable land has attended the decline of great civilizations, from Mesopotamia to the Nile. Now with the stresses of environmental change and ever-increasing demands on agricultural productivity, efforts to maintain the viability of our agricultural, natural resources are ever more important. This introduction to the principles of conservation agriculture shows how California's farmers and scientists are collaborating on developing the practical solutions to maintain the health and productivity of agriculture in California and beyond.

 

Learning and Growing at Yosemite National Park

Students from UC Merced and other major universities are benefiting from the campus' partnership with Yosemite National Park by way of leadership training and opportunities for research.

 

Onward California: California's Water Tower

Think of the Sierra Nevada as California's water tower. Sixty percent or more of California's water comes from this mountain range. Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced, heads into the mountains to measure the water and geochemical balance of the landscape. The impact of climate change on California's water supply is more than an environmental concern - it's at the forefront of economic sustainability.

 

Onward Management

Roger Bales, Director Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced, shares details about how tree growth affects water resources.

 

Onward Water

Roger Bales, Director Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Merced, explains the research that UC Merced is doing on water management.

 

Sierra-Net

Researchers from UC Berkeley's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) have developed an innovative remote sensing network to provide real-time assessment of California snowpack to better manage water supplies for a variety of users.

 

Sierra Nevada Research Institute: Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory

The Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory is a National Science Foundation supported collaborative effort to investigate the cycle of water and water, climate change, and how animals and plants respond to these changes.

 

SNRI Educational Program, High School to Executive Leadership

Featuring five leadership programs of the National Parks Institute.

 

UC Cooperative Extension: 100 years and counting

Problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, stewards and educators. Since 1913, University of California Cooperative Extension scientists, along with campus partners, have been helping make California the nation's leading agricultural state. Happy Birthday...and thank you.

 

UC Merced | Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of UC Merced's opening day as we look back at the campus's beginnings.

 

UC Merced Impact Drought

Researchers at UC Merced are considering the effects of climate change on water and water management as they research the dwindling resource that is imperative to California's economy, citizens, and ecosystems.
 

UC Merced's National Parks Institute Executive Leadership Seminar - 2011

Park leaders took part in UC Merced's second National Parks Institute Executive Leadership Seminar at which they discussed effective leadership training for stewarding the world's natural and cultural heritage. Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist E.O. Wilson and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will be among those presenting.

 

Water in the Balance

How researchers at UC Merced are developing a better understanding of the three sources of water upon which California depends in order to adapt to the effects of environmental changes and make better use of this most precious of our natural resources.