Innovation for a Resilient Water Future

The UC WATER Security and Sustainability Research Initiative is focused on strategic research to build the knowledge base for better water-resources management.

Unprecedented climate change, population growth and changing landcover are radically altering the water cycle, with dramatic impacts water supply sustainability and planning. In 2015, the University of California linked together multiple campuses and established UC WATER. We apply the latest science and technology to real-world problems of surface and groundwater management. 

UC WATER initiatives:

  • UC WATER is developing innovative, quantitative water accounting and analysis methods, and introducing modern information systems into California’s aging infrastructure. Current water policy lacks salient, credible, and legitimate water information forcing policymakers to rely on century-old technology and analysis techniques.
  • UC WATER is improving our understanding of the way water flows through the natural environment, and how it is extracted, conveyed and stored in built and natural infrastructure. This initiative also contributes to research by developing understanding of landcover changes on source-water areas, and tools and techniques for better groundwater management.
  • UC WATER tightly weaves legal and policy research into our findings. Our research will help facilitate more integrated water management institutions in California and aid in the development of the capacity to adapt to 21st-century stressors.

UC Water Invites Collaborators

UC Water seeks to collaborate with investigators and researchers. The benefits of participation are shared data and communication resources. Our goal is to be greater than the sum of our individual UC campuses. 

Join us! See Invitation for UC Collaborators.

Support UC Water

Your gift supports the UC Water team and expands our capacity for delivering quality science to stakeholders.