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Charlotte Pearson organizes samples for radiocarbon dating. She says tree rings provide "a window into the past." (Photo credit: Mari Cleven)

Radiocarbon Dating Gets a Postmodern Makeover

April 23, 2017

<p>By developing new ways to use radiocarbon in tree rings, UA dendrochronologist Charlotte Pearson builds on the legacies of scientists before her, including the famed polymath Andrew Douglass.</p>

UA researchers Laura A. Bakkensen and Riana Johnson say weather provides both benefits and harm to economic sectors in the Tucson region. To help mitigate risks, both advocate for improved information exchanges, better adaptability and a greater reliance on insurance.

Tucson Region Outpaces Others in Western States for Extreme Weather

April 23, 2017

<p>In a newly published report, UA researchers Laura A. Bakkensen and Riana Johnson advocate for three crucial strategies to mitigate weather-related risks: enhanced information exchanges about weather, improved adaption and a greater reliance on insurance.</p>

Bees and ladybug on cactus flower. (Photo: 2010 Candice Crossey)

Southwest Climate Outlook April 2017

April 19, 2017

<p>March precipitation totals were average to below average in most of the Southwest. Warm temperatures across the West have begun to put a dent in the snowpack and snow water equivalent. While much of the West has seen improvements in drought conditions (notably, California declared an end to its drought), southern Arizona and New Mexico have experienced an increase in drought designation. </p>