Climate change, rapid urbanization, and changing consumption patterns for water, food and energy pose unprecedented challenges for the water sector around the globe. Internationally recognized for its expertise in water-related research, the UA is advancing new management approaches, technologies, tools, and data to build resilience, water security, and water safety for the future.
To raise awareness about UA’s water focus and to foster connections between faculty, students, businesses, and governments, the UA Water Sustainability Program developed the UA Water Network. Organized along five themes, the website highlights the many ways faculty and researchers in UA departments, programs, institutes and centers are tackling complex water issues. The site features engaging videos, an events calendar that includes seminars and colloquiums across campus, an experts directory, and numerous links for students and researchers. The Water Network complements and works in conjunction with the UA Environment site.
Dr. Philip C. Rosen has studied conservation biology and community ecology of amphibians and reptiles in the American Southwest since 1983, focusing on reptile ecology, aquatic species, deserts, grasslands, and urban environments. He has specialized in ranid frog, kinosternid turtle, and gartersnake conservation and ecology, urban amphibian distribution, ecology and conservation, translocation, and long-term monitoring and research in population and community ecology of desert reptiles.
The binational International Boundary and Water Commission is working to transcend the immigration, trade and border wall battle between the two countries. "You have to have establishment of trust," said Jacob Petersen-Perlman, a research analyst at the UA who is involved in the aquifer assessments. "That's not easily earned and (is) often overlooked. You often have to incorporate the emotions behind these issues and the values each of these parties bring to the table."
Robert Glennon, a Regents' Professor at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law, writes in an op-ed that Arizona has stumbled in proposing desalination and failed to protect its rivers from drought and overuse.
Scientists hope cutting-edge technology will allow farmers to zero in on water usage and efficiency. Charles A. Sanchez, a professor of soil, water and environmental sciences with the UA, is using special sensors to measure salt and evaporation levels in crops.
What does water security mean in the 21st century and how do we reconfigure water policy for a more sustainable future? Although drought and water scarcity have driven conflict throughout history, there are increasing efforts across the U.S. to bring a more collaborative and systems-based approach to water governance. This talk examines the current water policy landscape and the ways in which a clash of paradigms is playing out between the legacy systems of the past and the new paradigm solutions of the future.
In his presentation, Dr. Chris Castro will describe research on the changing occurrence and intensity of monsoon rains. This research focuses on the simulation of severe weather events caused by mesoscale convective systems (MCSs), which account for much of monsoon rainfall in the central and southwestern portions of Arizona, downwind of the Mogollon Rim. Over the past 60 years, there have tended to be a fewer strong, organized MCS-type thunderstorms during the monsoon; however, when they do occur, their associated precipitation tends to be more intense.
Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D., the 2018 National Ground Water Association Darcy Lecturer, is currently a Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. Hayashi received his B.S. and M.S. in earth sciences from Waseda University and Chiba University, respectively, in Japan, and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Ever wondered what springs in the wilderness look like—or how many are out there?
Samantha Hammer will take you on a tour of springs surveyed with help from dozens of intrepid citizen science volunteers who did some serious scrambling and orienteering to bring us this new information. You’ll also get a brief introduction to the techniques used to gather information through springs surveys, and how this is helping protect our wildest waters and guide restoration and conservation of these amazing oases in the Sky islands.
Robert Glennon, a Regents' Professor at the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law, writes in an op-ed about the challenge that the state of Arizona faces to find enough water for 8.2 million people as supplies dwindle.
A recent study found that flood risk surrounding the Mississippi River has gone up 20 percent, but 75 percent of that risk comes from human engineering of the Mississippi for navigation and flood control. Victor Baker, Regents' Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences at the UA, is quoted.