University of California, Riverside

Salinity Forum 2014

Climate and Attractions

Situated between Los Angeles and San Bernardino, Riverside established itself as the birthplace of the Southern California citrus growing industry in the early twentieth century and has since developed into a dynamic metropolitan area. A wide variety of museums, parks and performing arts venues can be found in the city, offering events throughout the year. The historic center contains many early twentieth century homes and an impressive civic center. Mount Rubidoux and Box Springs National Park on the edge of the city offer many opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities as well as panoramic views.

Also, notably Riverside is the first city in the state to be designated an "Emerald City" in the Emerald Cities Pilot Project by the California Department of Conservation.  This recognition is for sustainable green initiatives and commitment to help the state achieve multiple state environmental priorities.

Having a desert climate, Riverside has warm days and cool nights. During June, temperature values are:


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Local Attractions

Local Attractions


  • Big Bear Lake


  • Death Valley


  • Disneyland


  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Knotts Berry Farm


  • Mt. Rubidoux
  • Palm Springs


  • Sea World


  • UCR Botanic Gardens


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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Water Science & Policies Center
In association with the Department of Environmental

Geology 2228A

Director: Ariel Dinar
Tel: (951) 827-2875
Fax: (951) 827-2711
Associate Director: Kurt Schwabe
Tel: (951) 827-2361
Assistant: Carol O'Brien
Tel: (951) 827-9772