Southwest Climate Outlook April 2016April 21, 2016
Over the past 30 days, above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation continued across most of the Southwest. This pattern was in place for the last 90 days (Fig. 1), due in large part to a ridge of high pressure that diverted moisture away from the region and helped keep temperatures high and humidity low. March 2016 precipitation totals were much below average or even record dry, in most of Arizona and New Mexico (Fig. 2a), while temperatures were among the 10 warmest for the period in each state (Fig. 2b).
Toxic-Spill Researchers Win $600K Haury GrantApril 20, 2016
A team led by UA professors Karletta Chief and Paloma Beamer has won the first challenge grant from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.
Post-Wildfire Erosion Can Sculpt Forested MountainsApril 17, 2016
Researchers from the UA Santa Catalina Mountains & Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory did before-and-after studies of how severe wildfire affects short- and long-term erosion rates.
New Book Blazes the Way for Collaborative ScienceApril 15, 2016
by Paulina Jenney, Institute of the Environment
The Cerro Grande wildfire ripped through Los Alamos, New Mexico, in May 2000, destroying more than 400 houses and other buildings in a disaster that underscored the need to better incorporate wind and drought conditions into seasonal fire planning.
At the time, the fire fueled ongoing efforts by University of Arizona climatologist Gregg Garfin and a team of other researchers to incorporate climate science into resource management policy. Their efforts sparked the publication of the first national fire potential outlook just three years later.
Documentary on West's Water Issues to PremiereApril 13, 2016
The UA's considerable expertise on water security plays a big part in the film "Beyond the Mirage," which will be shown on PBS in Tucson and metro Phoenix over the next several weeks.