Funding worth $25 million (£15m) has been granted for research into water sustainability and climate change in the US.
It will be shared by 26 projects, which include studying the effects of climate change on agriculture-water systems and water sustainability in a snow-fed river system and decision processes.
The US Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided the funding under the third round of their Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) programme.
The WSC project aims to understand and predict interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, the built environment and ecosystems around the world.
Tom Torgersen, Lead NSF WSC Programme Officer said: “Knowledge of the flow and function of water is paramount to understanding how humankind’s activities interact with and alter our environment. The mounting pressures of population increases, land use changes and climate change underscore the need to understand the role of water.”