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Geoscientist Fulong Cai stands on a linear ridge on top of China’s Loess Plateau and looks across a river valley at another of the plateau’s linear ridges. The high hills in the far background are on the edge of the plateau, which drops about 1,300 feet to the Mu Us Desert to the northwest.

How Wind Sculpted the Earth’s Largest Dust Deposit

September 1, 2015

A team of UA geoscientists figured out how China’s Loess Plateau, a dust deposit the size of the state of Arizona, came to be. Dust deposits known as loess often create good agricultural soil.

Climate Change & Poetry

Climate Change & Poetry

September 1, 2015

CLIMAS Climate and Society Fellow Eric Magrane writes about his upcoming community course, “Climate Change & Poetry,” at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Southwest Climate Outlook August 2015

August 20, 2015

After a record warm start to 2015, much of the Southwest cooled off in July, especially in Arizona. Southern Arizona and New Mexico recieved below-avreage precipitation, while portions of northern Arizona and New Mexico recieved above-average precipitation. 

House in Tucson after a monsoon rain

Minding the Climate Gap

August 19, 2015

By Paulina Jenney, Institute of the Environment

When UA geographer Margaret Wilder began researching the effects of climate change on minorities and people of low socioeconomic status several years ago, she found little data for her local community.

Knowing that southern Arizona and New Mexico have both an increasingly hot climate and high levels of poverty, Wilder wants to raise awareness about the unequal impacts of climate change on low-income populations, a concept known as the climate gap, so that social service providers, climate scientists, and others are better equipped to help vulnerable populations in the future.