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February 27, 2018
Over the past decade, California farmers have been seeing symptoms of climate change in their fields and orchards: less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures. Scientists say California agriculture will face much...
February 26, 2018
The recent drought left record numbers of trees dead and dying and vulnerable to fire in virtually every corner of California, but a dense tract of evergreen forest in northern Mendocino County remained wet and healthy.   The reason, say the authors of a study published Monday, is...
February 22, 2018
In a state where nature produces multi-year droughts, and at a time when global warming is reducing the traditional Sierra snow pack, California must do more to understand and protect its precious water resource, according to a nationally known expert on the subject. The expert is Roger Bales, a...
February 22, 2018
Floodplains are hard-working landscapes when they’re allowed to “act naturally.” But their flood-taming, habitat-feeding abilities are compromised when they’re paved over or constricted by levees. We talked with Josh Viers, a watershed scientist at UC Merced and a member of...
February 21, 2018
It's a film that explores a possible and dire future where water, food and natural resources teeter on the edge of collapse. And the San Joaquin Valley is at the center of the drama. Filmmaker Jim Thebaut's documentary "Running Dry: Beyond the Brink" premiered...
January 17, 2018
The millions of trees that died in the Sierra Nevada during California’s five-year drought may have actually helped the state’s water supply once the historic dry spell finally ended, according to a new study. Scientists led by UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute...
January 12, 2018
Scientists at UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) , UC Irvine, UC Davis and the USDA Forest Service have enumerated the mechanisms that serve as master regulators of streamflow and drought intensity by studying California’s 2012-15 drought. Their findings are detailed...
January 12, 2018
Scientists at UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI), UC Irvine, UC Davis and the USDA Forest Service have enumerated the mechanisms that serve as master regulators of streamflow and drought intensity by studying California’s 2012-15 drought. Their findings are detailed in a new paper...
December 22, 2017
The Sierra Nevada Research Institute has a new, modern look thanks to a recent upgrade. The university’s oldest research institute is the latest to migrate to a new responsive template that allows for better interaction with audiences through mobile-friendly and accessible...
December 20, 2017
Professor Nicola Lercari is leading his students on a tour of Palenque, the ancient Mesoamerican city that flourished at the peak of Maya civilization. They’re exploring the altar atop the Temple of the Cross, inspecting it from all angles and scrutinizing every detail. But they’...

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