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Environmental Health and Safety

California Heartbeat Initiative

March 13, 2018

The University of Calfornia has been awarded a grant of $2.2 million to study the hydrology across various landscapes throughout the U.C's Natural Reserve System.

The California Heartbeat Initiative is a project that will equip reserves with wireless sensors. From tracking sap flow in trees to checking a forest's moisture content using drones; the information collected will help with the creation of a model that shows how water lingers in the different regions of the reserves.

The initiative will result in climate models that allow us to make predictions on California's water flow 5-15 years in advance; Raw and processed data will be available to the public via an "online data hub".