To develop knowledge and technology for sound management of water, plants and soil in semiarid regions
Southwest Watershed Research Center (SWRC) scientists conduct research in collaboration with local landowners and ranchers, local government and organizations, university partners, other state, federal and international scientists and agencies.
SWRC research ranges from understanding, describing and modeling hydrologic processes to applications of technology at the field level.
Field research in support of these program areas historically has been conducted primarily at the two main SWRC instrumented research areas Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER).
Paralleling the shifting and expanding nature of research conducted by SWRC scientists, field research has been geographically extended regionally to rangelands, forests and riparian areas in southeastern Arizona, nationally to other states and internationally to Mexico, China and Kazakhstan.
Research at the Southwest Watershed Research Center is currently conducted within the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s National Program 211: Water Availability and Watershed Management.