Primary CZO Partner Organization
The San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada Regions of California are legendary for their vast natural resources, physical and biological diversity, and cultural heritage. These regions lead the nation in agricultural production and in several natural resource and recreation industries. However, rapid population growth, competition for natural resources, air, water and soil pollution, climate change and competing land uses pose serious threats to the sustainability of these regions.
Faculty, researchers, and students in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) conduct basic and applied research on these issues, using the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada as their "outdoor laboratory." Over two dozen UC Merced faculty are members of SNRI.
The Sierra Nevada Research Institute currently operates facilities that support research activities in the Great Valley and Sierra Nevada region. These facilities, which are operated on a recharge basis, are open to the broader research and educational communities.
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24 Nov 2020 - More news about SSCZO on Center for Ecosystem Climate Solutions, which grew out of the SSCZO, also on Sustainable California
02 Dec 2015 - Bales offers local context on climate change and UN Conference for Cen. Valley-- and explains how California can pave the way to a sustainable future.
06 Jun 2013 - During the week of May 19, five faculty members interested in Critical Zone science traveled to Northfield, MN to participate in an InTeGrate...
08 Nov 2012 - MERCED, Calif. — The effort to create a natural reserve out of nearly 6,000 acres adjacent to UC Merced has been jump-started by the hiring of...
17 Oct 2012 - SSCZO multidisciplinary opportunities for research collaborators and graduate students
13 Apr 2012 - As the new director of UC Merced’s Yosemite Field Station, Becca Fenwick will combine her love of the outdoors and of the educational...