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Dr. Luis Cifuentes Serves as Principal Investigator for Research Network Assessing Availability, Water Use in South Texas

January 03, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Luis Cifuentes, associate vice president for Research and Scholarly Activity and dean of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is principal investigator for the Research Coordination Network CE3SAR (Climate, Energy, Environment and Engagement in Semiarid Regions), which will assess the availability and use of water in South Texas.

Funded by a five-year $750,000 National Science Foundation grant, the research coordination network will focus on the effects of changes during the next 20 years in the region’s climate, energy production, and environment region, and the impact these changes will have on the area’s increasing Hispanic population. The Center for Housing and Urban Development will assist as a key contributor to the network.

According to CE3SAR Research Coordination Network (RCN) leaders, climate change, population increases, changes in energy sources, and other human impacts such as pollution and civil infrastructure are expected to have profound effects on South Texas affecting the availability and quality of water. In addition, wildlife, fisheries, agriculture, air quality and land availability will also be affected. The RCN leaders explain that the changes will have complex social, economic, political, and health impacts.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is among seven Texas universities teaming up to form the research, educational, and engagement network to provide sustainability-related science to South Texas policymakers and communities. The Research Coordination Network CE3SAR will capitalize on and coordinate related work at the universities’ research centers and institutes.

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