Water at The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona provides a significant catalog of seminars, institutions, publications, and resources focusing on water. You can find the majority of these resources on this page. The seminars follow an academic schedule and are updated bi-annually. The scope of water research at The University of Arizona is quite significant. If you are unsure where to begin, you can orient yourself with the Water Network poster.
WRRC Brown Bag Seminars
Bring your lunch and join the WRRC for a range of presentations on water-related topics of interest. Seminars cover global water issues with presenters from the University of Arizona and elsewhere. Unless otherwise stated, Brown Bag Seminars occur at the WRRC. Times and dates vary throughout the year, more information can be foundcan be found on the WRRC website or in the Weekly Wave.
Weekly seminars focus on issues related to environmental processes and understandings. The presented research ranges from pollution mitigation to agricultural development and water security. Seminars occur Mondays from 3-4 pm during the semester in Marley 230. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
The seminar series considers the fate and transport of water, energy, and chemical constituents throughout the atmosphere and geosphere. Seminars occur Thursdays during the semester starting at 4 pm in Havill 318. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
This seminar series presents research about how ecosystems respond to environmental and human pressures. Seminars occur Wednesdays from 3-4 pm during the semester in ENR2 room S107. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
CLIMAS Colloquium Series
The Climas seminar series provides insight into how some of the nation's top researchers are tackling current and future climate-related challenges. These seminars occur throughout the school year at various times and locations. More information can be found here.
UA Science Cafes
The UA Sciences Cafes are an opportunity for community members to learn about the high-level research occurring at The University of Arizona. These seminars occur in local businesses and organizations across Tucson and present on a wide range of academic topics. Events are informal and fun! Bring some friends, buy some food, and learn from some of the best researchers Arizona has to offer. More information can be found here.
Chemical Environmental Engineering Seminars
The CHEE seminar series spans issues related to both chemical engineering and environmental engineering providing for unique and diverse seminars throughout the school year. Seminars occur Mondays and Fridays from 3-4 pm during the semester in Harshbarger 206. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
School of Geography and Development
The SGD seminar series brings prominent scholars and professionals from across a range of perspectives, including human geography, spatial analytic methods, regional science, physical geography, and human-environment research. Seminars occur Fridays from 3:30-4:45 pm during the semester in ENR2 S107. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
Environmental Breakfast Club
The Environmental Breakfast Club, now entering its 15th season, consists of more than 100 faculty and staff from all colleges at The University of Arizona, who share interests in natural resources and the environment. At a monthly session hosted by the College of Law, a speaker shares aspects of their current work. The sessions aim to appeal to those beyond the bounds of the speaker’s discipline. The seminars occur at 9 am throughout the semester in the College of Law Faculty Lounge, Room 237. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
School of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The EEB seminar series links mathematical models, high performance computations, field work, comparative analyses, laboratory experiments, and the use of museum and collections to provide insights into biological systems and their relationship to critical problems. Seminars occur Mondays from 3:00-4:00 pm during the semester in ENR2 S107. Information regarding specific seminars can be found here.
The following links will help you stay up-to-date on water-climate related institution at The University of Arizona.
The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public
The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) brings together a wealth of expertise at the University of Arizona to support sound management choices in the context of climate change, linking science, information needs of managers, and decision-making.
The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program was established in 1998 as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. CLIMAS —housed at the University of Arizona's (UA) Institute of the Environment—is a collaboration between UA and New Mexico State University.
The University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers 17 undergraduate degree programs across four schools and six departments. CALS research touches on nearly every aspect of modern life and has played a pivotal role in Arizona's and the global economy over the course of its 131-year history. Through UA Cooperative Extension, the college shares the fruits of its research with the people of Arizona and the world.
CEAC facilities are located at the Campus Agricultural Center, in Tucson, Arizona, on East Roger Road at North Campbell Avenue, 3 miles north of The University of Arizona campus (Click Here for Map). The CEAC includes advanced technology greenhouses and growth chambers, as well as office, laboratory and teaching facilities.
The mission of the Institute of the Environment is to advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges in Arizona and around the planet. It seeks to embrace the desert Southwest and harness the collaborative expertise at the University of Arizona and among its partners to help societies, especially those in dry regions, make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future. It is invested in creative scholarship and cutting-edge research, promote the environmental enterprise of the University, and train students and faculty alike to convey their insights to the world.
The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) was established in 2011 to provide objective scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts in the southwestern United States.
The Superfund Research Program at the University of Arizona uses an interdisciplinary approach to study hazardous waste issues in the U.S. Southwest (including Arizona-Sonora border and Native Nations). We focus on arsenic and mine tailings. Our biomedical and environmental scientists collaborate to investigate risks, develop remediation strategies, and translate research findings to government stakeholders and the affected community.
The Udall Center sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision making. The center’s environmental and policy programs include: Climate and Societal Interactions; Global Water Initiatives; Transboundary Aquifer Assessment; the Water-Energy Nexus; Water Reuse; and the Center of Excellence for Water Security.
The Water Resource Research Center tackles key water policy and management issues, empowers informed decision-making, and enriches understanding through engagement, education, and applied research.
The WEST Center is a leading-edge venue focused on advanced water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with Pima County's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and is adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands – all of which compose a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future. With large portions of the United States currently affected by drought, WEST Center is poised to answer some of the nation's biggest questions about sustainable water and energy use.
A bi-weekly newsletter featuring links, information, and events regarding the water in the Southwest.
Arroyo is the annual WRRC publication that each year focuses on a single critical Arizona water issue. Topics have included desalination, contaminants of emerging concern, the water demand-supply gap, and river restoration, among others. Arroyo is recognized as source of objective, accurate and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.
The Rio Grande|Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook is a monthly product that provides timely climate, weather, and impacts information to stakeholders, researchers, and other interested parties in the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin region of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Each edition recaps conditions over the previous months, including notable events, and then shows forecasts for the next three months for temperature, precipitation, and fire conditions.
The Southwest Climate Outlook (SWCO) summarizes climate and weather information from a range of sources in non-scientific language each month, providing timely information to people in Arizona, New Mexico, and surrounding areas.
The following miscellaneous links may be relevant to those interested in other aspects of water outreach and publications not available above