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 - Recent Developments in Atmospheric River Science, Predictions and Applications
Martin Ralph, Ph.D., Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and Researcher at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Key developments have occurred recently on atmospheric rivers (AR). These include advances in observations, physical process understanding, predictions, applications and policies. This presentation will highlight a few of these developments.
- What are atmospheric rivers and why are they important to the Western U.S.?
- Examples of AR with significant impacts in the Western U.S.
- There is skill in AR landfall prediction that could be useful in reservoir operations.
- Atmospheric River Reconnaissance (“AR Recon”): a new airborne targeting approach is under development (including use of aircraft normally dedicated to observation of hurricane activity).
- A critical mass of research and experimental forecast capability, with an emphasis on AR science, predictions and applications, exists at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes.
Dr. F. Martin Ralph, a Researcher at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and is the founding Director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (cw3e.ucsd.edu), is a scientist, manager, and program developer focusing on programs that bridge science and its applications to practical problems, especially related to extreme precipitation events from flood to drought.. He has published over 100 scientific articles, received several awards, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. His technical background is in atmospheric science, with degrees from UCLA (PhD) and UA (BS)
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