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.
With scarce water supplies, a sweltering climate and a rising population, can desert cities such as Tucson and Phoenix sustain us? Three UA experts say they are optimistic.
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.
A new study led by University of Arizona scientists suggests that in the next 150 years, natural vegetation could shift as sharply as it did over millennia after glaciers started retreating around 15,000 years ago.
Dr. Bo Guo is an assistant professor in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. His research focuses on physics and computational modeling of fluid flow in permeable earth materials, with applications to shale gas production, geological carbon storage, and contaminant transport in soil and groundwater. Prior to joining the U of A, Bo was a postdoc in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Bo holds a B.S. in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.