070: California water management plans with Nicola Ulibarri

Michael and Courtney interviewed Nicola Ulibarri, an assistant professor in the department of urban planning and public policy at the University of California, Irvine.  We talked about Nicola’s work on collaborative governance and water management plans in the Central valley of California, where Nicola has been studying the ability of a variety of such plans to address climate change and social equity. We also highlighted one of the best figures we’ve seen depicting a groundwater-based social-ecological system! This is from the first reference listed below.

Nicola’s website: https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/ulibarri/


Ulibarri, Nicola, and Nataly Escobedo Garcia. 2020. “Comparing Complexity in Watershed Governance: The Case of California.” WATER 12 (3): 766.

Cravens, and Ryan J. McCarty. 2021. “Assessing the Feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge in California.” Water Resources Research 57 (3).