UC Merced leads innovative effort to secure water for agriculture and ecosystems

Professor Joshua Viers stands near a canal on the UC Merced campus.

Joshua Viers, director of CITRIS at UC Merced and professor of water resources engineering, will lead Securing a Climate Resilient Water Future for Agriculture and Ecosystems through Innovations in Measurement, Management and Markets. SWIM, a $10 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to increase agricultural and environmental water resilience with water banking, trading and improvements in data-driven management practices.

The cross-campus collaboration includes researchers from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Berkeley and UC Davis, among other institutions. Other CITRIS affiliates involved in the project include Thomas Harmon, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Colleen Naughton and Leigh Bernacchi of UC Merced.

SWIM is the largest research grant in UC Merced’s 16-year history.