The Cosumnes River is the only free-flowing river on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and because of its natural flow regime it has become the centerpiece for decades-long research on the benefit of floodplain reconnection for the purposes of ecological restoration and preservation of... Read more
Welcome to the VICE Lab
VICE Lab is the research lab of Professor Joshua H. Viers and is currently based out of the University of California, Merced. We focus on pressing environmental problems facing California and the planet, with a particular emphasis on coupled human-environment systems, leveraging information systems to turn data into decisions, and novel solutions in environmental decision making. Dr. Viers is also campus Director for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and co-Director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative (UC Water), both of which have strong research ties to VICE Lab.
vicelab <- lab(viers ~ (info + cons + env))
Our Research Foci:
Agroecology and Conservation Agriculture Planning and Implementation
Climatic and Hydrological Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies
Development Engineering; International Development; Sustainable Development
Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Inventory, Assessment, and Restoration
Geospatial Technologies (Geographic Information Systems / Remote Sensing)
Informatics; Database Design and Data Mining
Water and Watershed Management; Water Footprinting
The precision irrigation project led by UC Merced Professor Stefano Carpin was featured in Engadget~! VICE Lab is assisting with UAV deployment and multisensor data gathering. Vineyards are ideal testbeds for robotic solutions to complex navigation and task assignments. These breakthroughs in agricultural technology are the focus of UC Merced's emerging focus on San Joaquin Valley problems at the...
Three VICE Lab researchers got the opportunity to work with James Fitzgerald from the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab, taking his Motorboat Operator Training Course.James Fitzgerald is the standing UC Davis Boat Safety Officer, and was instrumental in teaching our VICE Lab researchers the basics of boat mechanics, nagivation, knot tying, and general water safety. James parters with local UC Davis...
The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) recently awarded the 2017 BRIDGE Fellowship to Dr. Daniel Nover from UC Merced’s School of Engineering. The BRIDGE Fellowship is designed to build collaborations between American scientists and engineers who have been funded by JSPS in the past with Japanese researchers at qualifying universities. Dr. Nover will spend October as a visiting...
VICE Lab is located at the University of California, Merced, in the heart of California's Central Valley. Through national and international collaboration, we aim to bring a global perspective to issues pertintent to our region.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95340