Natural Resources and Environmental Systems Research

Natural Resources and Environmental Systems Research

The 2017 CARC Summer Student Research Symposium: Celebrating Success

Every fall, spring and summer semester, approximately 50 graduate and undergraduate students actively train with the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC). This summer, forty-eight graduate and under-graduate students were employed in different laboratories of the CARC. In an effort to capture their experience and recognize their contribution, CARC organized the 2017 Summer Student Research Symposium [...]

Scientists Publish on Potential Climate Impact on Citrus Irrigation Water Requirements

Dr. Ali Fares, Associate Director of Research; Dr. Haimanote K. Bayabil, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow; and Dr. Ripendra Awal, Research Scientist, all of the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC), recently published a peer-reviewed article entitled "Potential climate change impacts on citrus water requirement across major producing areas in the world" in the Journal of Water [...]

Bayabil, Fares, and Ray Co-author Two Food-Energy-Water Nexus White Papers

The Associate Director of Research, Ali Fares, Research Scientist Ram Ray and Post-doctoral fellow, Haimanote Bayabil, co-authored two white papers which were recently published in Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Fares contributed to "State of the Art of Water for Food within the Nexus Framework" which evaluates the state of knowledge [...]

Estwick Visits the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The visit of Dr. Noel Estwick and his colleague Dr. Beverly Samuel, a national program leader in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture on July 24-27 to meet with staff and other federal representatives to further develop an action plan was featured in the USDA’s electronic [...]

Ray and Fares Publish Results on Evaluating NASA and European Space Agency’s Satellite Products in Texas

CARC Research Scientists Ram Ray and Ali Fares, in collaboration with two other scientists, just published the results of their study on evaluating four major remote sensing soil moisture (SM) products over the state of Texas. The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer—Earth Observing System (AMSR-E, 2002-2011); (AMSR2, 2012–present); and the Soil Moisture Active Passive system (SMAP, [...]

CAHS Scientist Publishes on Estimating Hydrological and Meteorological Characteristics in the Sierra Nevada Mountain-California

The quantification of energy interactions among land surface, atmosphere, and surface vegetation is significant to comprehend the hydrological cycle in montane watersheds. Moreover, elevation change is essential in causing variations in energy fluxes. Thus, estimating the major components of energy interactions is essential for better understanding of the hydrological process. Ram Ray, Research Scientist, and [...]

Immigration: What Language Does Our Soil Speak?

The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences is home to amazing researchers who enjoy learning about soil science as well as researching topics relating to dust. Richard W. Griffin, Professor and Research Scientist, along with several CAHS research staff dug 6 feet into the ground in many areas around Waller County in order to determine [...]

CAHS Scientist Publishes on Flooding Generation

With increasing population and urbanization, flooding is a serious problem for public and livestock safety as well as for crop and natural resources protection. Hydrologists and water resource experts are called upon to shed light on flood occurrence, its frequencies, and magnitudes and more importantly how to mitigate and adapt to it. Flooding and extreme [...]

Scientists Study Carbon Dioxide Emission from Soil Organic Amendments

Organic agriculture is gaining ground globally; such agricultural production system uses huge amounts of organic amendments (OA) some of which are lost as carbon dioxide CO2. It’s important for this industry to be able to quantify these losses for different organic amendment types and levels, and under different moisture regimes. This was the subject of [...]

Performance of Legume and Grain Cover Crops Under South East Texas Conditions

Cover crops are known for their benefits to farmers and ranchers since they can improve soil quality and health, suppress weeds, reduce pollution and erosion among other environmental benefits. However, information on the most suited cover crop for south east Texas is lacking. A multi-disciplinary team* from the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center has been working [...]