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June 2016 CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast

June 30, 2016

In the June 2016 episode of the CLIMAS Southwest Climate Podcast, Mike Crimmins and Zack Guido look back at May and June to discuss the relatively mild weather of May, the near-record heat in June, and the transition into the monsoon.  In the second half of the podcast, they dive into the weeds on monsoon climatology and the variable spatial and temporal patterns that characterize the monsoon in the Southwest. They highlight what we might expect in the next 90 days, along with a discussion of the difficulty of creating regional monsoon season forecasts (given the high degree of spatial and temporal variability, and the randomness of weather).

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When Art and Science Flow Together

June 28, 2016

Now in its fourth year, the University of Arizona’s Arts, Environment & Humanities Network attracts individuals from across the University and community who share two key things: a concern for the environment and a creative approach to understanding the world.


Mosquito egg rafts float among leaves in an apartment complex pool.

BRACE Yourself for Changing Mosquito Seasons

June 28, 2016

The buzz around standing water in Arizona backyards could be hazardous to your health, and climate researchers at the UA are out to help state residents prepare for the threat. A team of scientists, including the UA’s Heidi Brown, an international expert in mosquito-borne disease, are creating a map that will help the public, health care professionals, and government agencies pinpoint locations around the state that are at high risk for disease in the face of rising temperatures.

Jacob Aragon, a senior in biology, estimates the age of a tree using a core from the collection.

Using the Past to Predict the Future

June 28, 2016

Thousands of tree cores, little rods of wood containing year-by-year information about a tree’s growth, lay forgotten in a federal storage room, gathering dust, until the collection—a research treasure trove—found its way to UA dendrochronologist Margaret Evans. To Evans, the cores represented a wealth of knowledge that had yet to be tapped­—an entirely new set of data that could help predict how climate change will affect our future forests.