Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Brown Bag Seminar - Binational Studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers: Results and Future Directions
Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Research Analyst, University of Arizona WRRC
James Callegary, Hydrologist, USGS Arizona Water Sciences Center
Elia Tapia, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona WRRC
The Santa Cruz and San Pedro aquifers are important sources of water for the Arizona-Sonora border region. Even though groundwater from these aquifers is an essential resource for social, economic, and environmental needs in both countries, assessments of these aquifers had not been conducted by a binational team until more recently. We invite you to attend this brown bag presentation, where we will share information from the binational studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz aquifers. The studies were conducted in partnership with the USGS, the University of Sonora, and others. The presentation will involve members of the USGS-UA team involved with studying the Arizona-Sonora aquifers. We will also discuss future directions for studying these aquifers.
The Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer is the first-ever binational aquifer study released simultaneously in English and Spanish by the International Boundary and Water Commission. For electronic copies of the report, please visit http://www.ibwc.gov/EMD/reports_studies.html#WQReports for English, or visit www.cila.gob.mx/as/ebsatrsp2016.pdf for Spanish. Click here for a summary of the study. The Binational Study of the Transboundary Santa Cruz Aquifer is currently undergoing review and should be published later this year. Please join us for this informational session.
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference