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Research Project: A Water Sensitivity Analysis for Sustaining Irrigated Agriculture in the Southwest

Location: Sustainable Agricultural Water Systems Research

Project Number: 2032-12610-002-014-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2022
End Date: Oct 15, 2023

The objectives are to (1) enhance climate resilience for Southwest agriculture by identifying water-related knowledge gaps, and (2) enhance climate resilience and build climate awareness through first understanding and then communicating to agriculture professionals climate vulnerabilities and modeled future water sensitivity for regionally and economically important cropping systems.

This work will quantify the climate-mediated vulnerabilities and water sensitivity of high-value crops across the region (e.g., almonds, wine grapes, tomatoes, cotton, pecans). These analyses will be spatially explicit at the groundwater basin scale. This research will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publication(s), via translational products (e.g., fact sheets, websites, executive summaries, etc.), and at an event to be planned that will bring together experts from across the region to discuss known challenges and knowledge gaps relating to the agriculture-water-climate nexus in the Southwest.