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CLIMAS, established in 1998, is the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program in the Southwest. The primary geographic focus of the program is Arizona and New Mexico, although members of the CLIMAS team conduct research around the world. Headquartered at the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, CLIMAS also includes a core group of investigators at New Mexico State University as well as affiliated researchers throughout the West. The CLIMAS mission is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and changes. The program promotes participatory, iterative research involving scientists, decision makers, resource managers, ...

Contributors
Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth
Created Date
1998/2010

Research into the sensitivity and vulnerability of urban water systems in Arizona reveals that managers are more concerned about factors such as population growth projections, economic trends, and revenue flows. Reliance on groundwater resources in many cases obscures recognition of any direct impact of precipitation on water supply. Given the low level of perceived climate risk among many providers interviewed for this study, it would seem unlikely that climate information would be needed. However, pockets of sensitivity and vulnerability to climatic impacts do exist in the four study areas covered in this study.

Contributors
Carter, Rebecca H., Morehouse, Barbara Jo, Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, et al.
Created Date
2003-07

The study had three main goals: (1) to assess the vulnerability of groundwater-dependent agriculture to climate variability, (2) to identify historical and current processes of adaptation to the vagaries of climate in the region— these refer to both system wide adaptations and individual farmer’s adaptations, and, (3) to assess the use of and needs for seasonal climate forecast information in agricultural decision making. The report is targeted at institutional stakeholders (i.e., agricultural extension personnel), physical scientists (particularly climatologists), and policymakers (at the level of NOAA and other federal agencies). Specific recommendations are made to these groups in order to improve ...

Contributors
Vasquez-Leon, Marcela, West, Colin Thor, Wolf, Barbara, et al.
Created Date
2002-12

This document provides a summary of international, federal, state, and local laws and policies that may facilitate or constrain decision making within the context of climate impacts. The evaluation concludes that Arizona has a reasonably well-developed structure for governing water management in the more stringently managed areas of the state.

Contributors
Carter, Rebecca H., Morehouse, Barbara Jo, Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, et al.
Created Date
2001-11

The research presented here documents institutional and organizational factors affecting fire management on tribal lands. Two case studies of fires occurring on tribal lands in Arizona provide insights into how these factors converged to influence the course of events. This study considers historic as well as current conditions and events because these affect whether or not people are receptive to information, to planning, and to working together. Though it focuses on decision making within tribes and agencies responsible for tribal lands, its findings are relevant for other locations as well.

Contributors
Austin, Diane E., Wolf, Barbara, Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, et al.
Created Date
2001-10

As a major component of the Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, this study is part of a larger effort to assess the vulnerability of natural and human systems to climate variability and change in the southwestern U.S. As importantly, this assessment seeks to fulfill the project’s larger mission of working directly with communities to improve their ability to respond adequately and appropriately to climatic events and climate change. The goal of this study is to demonstrate the utility of a rapid ethnographic approach for (1) conducting a community-level assessment of climate related vulnerability and (2) extending the findings to ...

Contributors
Finan, Timothy J., West, Colin Thor, Austin, Diane E., et al.
Created Date
2000-08

Tribes have a direct government-to-government relationship with the U.S. government wherein no decisions about their lands and people are made without their consent. In Arizona, for example, American Indian reservations occupy nearly 30 percent of the land. Native Americans have a legal and moral claim to significant quantities of water as well. Because of their special legal standing in the United States, tribes are not just another group of stakeholders to be considered in the research and policy process. The purpose of this paper is to provide a legal and political background for interactions between the United States and tribal ...

Contributors
Austin, Diane E., Gerlak, Sherri, Smith, Carolyn, et al.
Created Date
2000-11-25

Conventional wisdom often views the urban water sector as being among the more sensitive sectors in the arid U.S. Southwest. To test this assumption, the Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest analyzed the water budgets of five Arizona cities to determine how severe the impacts would be from the deepest one-, five-, and ten-year droughts on record. Case study sites for the analysis included the Phoenix Active Management Area, Tucson Active Management Area, Santa Cruz Active Management Area, and the Benson and Sierra Vista subwatersheds of the San Pedro River.

Contributors
Carter, Rebecca H., Tschakert, Petra, Morehouse, Barbara Jo, et al.
Created Date
2000-03

Most of the state's cattle ranches rely solely on rain-fed range to support their herds. Drought conditions can result in significant declines in forage production and nutritional quality. Failure to respond to these changes with appropriate management can compound the effects of drought on already stressed vegetation resulting in poor range condition and animal performance. The project discussed in this paper has three broad purposes: first, to compile a profile of Arizona's ranchers, with an emphasis on socioeconomic characteristics of ranchers in the southeastern portion of the state; second, to identify and understand the physical, social, and political-economic factors that ...

Contributors
Conley, Julie, Eakin, Hallie Catherine, Sheridan, Thomas E., et al.
Created Date
1999-09

In support of the Climate Assessment Project for the Southwest, a review was conducted of the current state of weather, climate, and hydrologic forecasting for the Southwest. A key element of the review was a workshop that examined the availability, use, accuracy, and value of forecasts, with participants consisting primarily of agency personnel involved in operational forecasting via directly issuing forecasts, providing key data for making forecasts, or serving as a key link for communicating forecasts. The broad range of forecast products encompasses myriad variables, time-scales from minutes to seasons, and lead-times from minutes to over a year. Current forecast ...

Contributors
Hartman, Holly C., Bales, Roger C., Sorooshian, Soroosh, et al.
Created Date
1999-02

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