USDA would like to thank all who have contributed to the development process of the Water Research Vision 2050.


USDA Leaders

Teferi Tsegaye, Emile Elias, Cathleen Hapeman


USDA Co-organizers and Co-editors

Kyle Mankin, Peter Kleinman, Michael Cosh, Dannele Peck, Alisa Coffin


USDA-ARS Authors and Workshop Participants

Joseph Alfieri, Barry Alfred, Martha Anderson, David Archer, Jeffrey Arnold, Claire Baffaut, John Baker, Ron Bingner, Dave Bjorneberg, Scott Bradford, Ray Bryant, Dinku Endale, Steven Evett, Feng Gao, Suduan Gao, Phil Heilman, Chi-Hua Huang, Kevin King, Kirk Knipper, William Kustas, April Leytem, Martin Locke, Gregory McCarty, Andrew Malone, Glenn Moglen, Daniel Moriasi, Susan O'Shaughnessy, Michele Reba, Pamela Rice, Mark Seyfried, Timothy Strickland, Dong Wang, Michael White


Workshop Facilitators

Deborah Gilburg (Lead Facilitator), Amy Gilburg, Karina Brunson (Graphic Facilitator)


Photos and Figure Credits


Most photos including the back cover are from:



Figure 1, 3, 4, and 5 – Karina Brunson with contributions from Kyle Mankin

Figure 2 – William (Alex) White, ARS with contributions from Michael Cosh


Graphic Designers

Reanna Burnett, New Mexico State University

Marilyn Gambone, ARS


Financial Support

Development of the USDA Water Research Vision was supported financially by the USDA-ARS intramural projects in the National Programs 211: Water Availability and Watershed Management and by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative conference grant no. 2020-67019-30773. Aspects of this project are also supported by the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), and the ARS Office of National Programs (ONP).



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March 2022.