A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.
May 2 Brown Bag: Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts to Analyze Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the Jucar Basin, Spain
Brown Bag speaker Prof. Ariel Dinar (University of Calif., Riverside) will present, "Modeling Water Scarcity and Droughts to Analyze Climate Change Adaptation Policies in the Jucar Basin, Spain" from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Prof. Dinar's presentation is co-sponsored by the UA Water Sustainability Program, Institute of the Environment, and the Renewable Energy Network, and will be held in the WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave). This presentation will also be webcast live via GoToMeeting (details here: http://wrrc.arizona.edu/node/12791).
Growing water extractions for agriculture and urban uses combined with emerging environmental demands increase water resources competition worldwide, especially in arid and semiarid regions. Climate change would exacerbate water scarcity and the recurrence and intensity of droughts, calling for methodologies that can support sustainable water management policies. Prof. Ariel Dinar will present his paper on an integrated hydro-economic model that links a reduced form hydrological component, with economic and environmental components. The model is used to analyze alternative drought management policies in the Jucar Basin (Spain). Results indicate that droughts have large welfare impacts, with the main adjustments sustained by irrigation activities and the environment. Implementing water markets among private decision-makers is a suitable option to avoid economic losses from droughts. However, the environmental effects of water trading may weaken its advantages. The current water management approach in the Jucar Basin is based on negotiated arrangements and stakeholders’ cooperation, achieving a balance between economic and environmental objectives. Water markets can be used to allocate water into the environment in the absence of minimum binding inflows to ecosystems. Comparing these policy approaches illustrates the potential of hydro-economic modeling for integrating the multiple dimensions of water resources, in order to advance sustainable water management policies.
Ariel Dinar is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and Director of the Water Science and Policy Center at the University of California, Riverside. He teaches and conducts research on issues related to water, climate change economics, regional cooperation and international water management.
Most Federal agencies that fund research now require publications funded from their agencies get deposited in an agency-run repository, to be made publicly available within 12 months of publication. All of the agencies that require publications do not necessarily expect the published version of publications to be made publicly available. Some, like for instance, the National Institutes of Health, call for the final peer-reviewed manuscript.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 WRRC Photo Contest: Greg Griffin, Tina Baker, and Sara Bertram. The winning photos captured this year’s theme of Growing with Water, showcasing flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways. The photos below showcase the photographers' distinct perspectives. We would also like to thank the runner-up photographers for their engaging images.
Arizona is facing the challenge of future water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges?
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is requesting proposals for the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program, FY 2017 (104g) matching grants to support research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy Director Robert Varady participated in the Budapest Water Summit, which was held November 28-30, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The Summit, with the theme of "Water Connects", had a significant focus on the policies required to achieve the water-related United Nations-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, Sustainable Development Goal Six calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.