Four UA researchers were selected as chapter authors in the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is expected to be released in December 2018.
February temperatures were much-above average across most of region, including record warmest temperatures in eastern New Mexico. After an impressive run of storms during January and February, activity has tapered and temperatures continue to rise. Fall and winter precipitation led to an explosion of wildflowers in the Southwest, fed by above-average precipitation over much of fall and winter, and boosted by recent above-average temperatures. Pollen levels are also up, and most allergy sufferers will feel the effects from a wide range of pollen sources.
In the March 2017 episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido discuss the winter season in the Southwest - with an eye towards how Arizona and New Mexico have fared (temperature, precipitation, snowpack, streamflow forecasts, etc.), as well as to the exceptional events taking place in California and across the Intermountain West. They also try to put this "La Niña" into context, how it did (or did not) meet expectations, and whether that even matters at this point, as well as what the rumblings of El Niño might mean for the rest of the Spring (and 2017 overall).
The project was designed to illustrate the UA's expansive campuswide sustainability projects, programs and features in an accessible and centralized way.
Two UA researchers, both scheduled to give talks during the Tucson Festival of Books, speak about the importance of the current nationwide conversation about the contributions of women in STEM.
Coffee and climate come together on the mountainous slopes of Guatemala, where fields — and the livelihoods of indigenous farmers — are threatened by changing rainfall, rising temperature and a fungus called "coffee rust." The UA's Kevin Anchukaitis seeks clues in the past lives of the firs and pines there.