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Southwest Climate Outlook April 2016

April 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). 

The UA's Karletta Chief (left) and Janene Yazzie make their team's presentation for the Haury challenge grant.

Toxic-Spill Researchers Win $600K Haury Grant

April 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 Mountains

April 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 Science

April 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.

Photo of the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona

Documentary on West's Water Issues to Premiere

April 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.