Projects & Initiatives

Center for Regional Food Studies

The Center for Regional Food Studies integrates community outreach, applied research, and student engagement to foster positive change around food in Southern Arizona, the U.S./Mexico borderlands, and regional food systems globally.

Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - a NOAA funded partnership between the University of Arizona, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and New Mexico State University—has been working with stakeholders from the private sector, academia, local, state, federal, and tribal government since 1998 to help bring the best-available knowledge to challenges related to weather and climate in the Southwest.

Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center (CDHC)

The Climate Dynamics and Hydrometeorology Center coordinates interdisciplinary research on hydrometeorology and climate among eleven academic units on campus and assists the transfer of hydrometeorology and climate knowledge to the local community, Arizona, the nation, and the world.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

The vision of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is to develop controlled environment agriculture as an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agricultural option.

Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is a culturally important 860-acre ecological preserve in Tucson, conducting environmental studies which include physiology, ecology, restoration ecology, and arid lands.

Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (DSCESU)

DSCESU is a UA-based cooperative network of federal, university, and non-governmental agencies studying and managing natural and cultural resources across California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, with emphasis on involving communities and under-represented groups.

Drachman Institute

The Drachman Institute is a research and public service unit of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture dedicated to the environmentally sensitive and resource-conscious development of neighborhoods and communities.

Earth Dynamics Observatory (EDO)

EDO supports the UA space sciences platform with a downward-looking view to Earth, specializing in satellite remote sensing to monitor and predict changes to the Earth system and inform hazards mitigation and national security in the face of natural disasters, a changing climate, and other environmental stresses.

Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing

The Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing is a multi-university research center leading the way to environmentally friendly semiconductor manufacturing.

Environment, Exposure Science, and Risk Assessment Center (ESRAC)

ESRAC provides expertise to industry, the community, and researchers in the areas of human exposure science and risk assessment of environmental hazards to workers and communities (chemical, biological and physical), with an emphasis on healthcare-acquired infections.

Environmental Law Society

Arizona Law students support an active chapter of the Environmental Law Society (ELS) by hosting speakers, films, and other events that encourage awareness and further study of how the law intersects with the environment.

Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes)

The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) works on the areas of food, water, and energy with tribes. IRes identifies and looks for resources to support co-designing solutions with Indigenous communities.

Institute for Energy Solutions

IES promotes and undertakes work to: more reliably integrate renewable energy into the grid; develop novel materials for energy conversion, energy-efficient water use and intelligent building technologies; support regional test beds and facilities and study the societal and economic impacts of technological advancements in energy.

International Resilience Lab

The International Resilience Lab (IRL) leads and facilitates socially engaged research and collaboration between the University of Arizona and local and global partners with the goal of advancing theoretical, practical, methodological, and educational contributions to research and scholarship on resilience, climate adaptation, and disaster risk reduction in international contexts.

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

The Tree-Ring Lab is recognized worldwide as a preeminent center for the advancement of tree-ring techniques and the broad application of dendrochronology in the social and environmental sciences.