Climate change is coming to the Southwest, and with it warmer and possibly drier conditions. How will we adapt? The Southwest Climate Change Network is designed to foster dialog and exchange of reliable science and policy information among climate experts and other scientists, natural resource managers, utility providers, policy- and decision-makers, community groups, the public, and the media about climate-change issues in the Southwest. Its goal is to improve our region’s understanding of climate change and help people figure out ways to respond and adapt to it.
While the site provides both static and dynamic content, we encourage readers to participate in information exchange by asking questions or posting comments on our blog and by using our Contact Us form. The scientists and other experts behind this website are anxious to know what questions people have about climate change, and how they might better be able to help the community deal with its impact. Soon we will also offer the ability for groups to form their own secure networks to discuss specific climate-change-related interests and post related information. We want this site to be a community resource where all can participate and share.
Recognizing the growing need for information about our changing climate, the Institute of the Environment and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) at The University of Arizona developed and jointly administer the Southwest Climate Change Network. The Institute of the Environment is a cross-campus and community resource and a catalyst in the area of environment and society; it promotes both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research relating to the Earth’s environment, from local to global scales, and how this environment is likely to change in coming seasons, years, and decades. CLIMAS is a project housed within the Institute and funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to carry out stakeholder-driven interdisciplinary climate research. Since 1998, CLIMAS has contributed to the Southwest’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.