Agricultural water use accounting through water footprints

A water footprint (WF) is defined as the volume of water consumed to produce a good or render a service, calculated over the entire supply chain of the product. This project aims to produce an extensible, open-source software tool to calculate water footprints of agricultural activities across variable regions of interest. The tool will incorporate the wealth of environmental data available in California and establish methods that allow for application in novel regions. Informed water management is essential, as increasing pressures are placed on global freshwater supplies, and water footprints are one of many means that can assist with data-driven decision making.

Earthwatch: Sierra to Sea

The program aims to increase the understanding of the impacts of climate change; participants will measure meadow stability, greenhouse gas emission and absorption, and biodiversity value. By working together with local scientists, nonprofits and communities, we will provide local land managers with insights into management and restoration efforts to help protect California’s valuable water for both humans and wildlife.

Combined Effects of Reservoir Operations and Climate Warming on the Flow Regime of Hydropower Bypass Reaches of California's Sierra Nevada

Alterations to flow regimes from regulation and climatic change both affect the biophysical functioning of rivers over long time periods and large spatial areas. Historically, however, the effects of these flow alteration drivers have been studied separately. In this study, results from...

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