The UA hosts one of the premier climate science and science translation programs in the nation and stands at the forefront of efforts to understand the human and natural dimensions of climate change. UA faculty have pioneered the study of arid environments and tree rings and are renowned for research on weather forecasting, remote sensing, climate modeling, paleoclimatology, climate impacts on society and the environment, adaptation to future climate changes, and other topics. The UA has developed particular experience in climate extension and outreach to the community in collaboration with a host of federal, state, and other partners.
University of Arizona climate and hydroclimate research forms a solid background for understanding climate changes of the past, present, and future. Researchers in geosciences, tree rings, and geography have teamed up with water and ecosystem managers to understand how past climate, hydrology, and fire ecology have shaped our landscapes and water resources, exposing the vulnerability of these natural resources in the deserts of the western U.S.
UA expertise in climate dynamics and hydrometeorology links improved understanding of the land-ocean-atmosphere system with modeling, allowing resource managers and others to develop a clear vision of the plausible range of future changes. UA climate research programs and scientists work, in partnership with stakeholders, to ensure climate research is a part of decision making for drought management, public health, air pollution, water resources management, fire management, flood control, and other key areas of adaptive management and adaptation planning for a changing climate.