In 2016, the City of Tucson initiated a discussion about using reclaimed water to restore perennial flow to a portion of the Santa Cruz River near downtown Tucson. This action could support riparian habitat in the urban core, improve long-term water management in the region, and stimulate economic activity. The concept was well received by a multitude of stakeholders and Tucson Water began the tasks of bringing this vision to reality. In May 2019, perennial flow will return to the Santa Cruz River near Tucson’ Birthplace, and a new era of water management will begin.
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)
The Santa Cruz River Heritage Project – Reviving an Urban River
Water Roots - River Walk: A sunset tour to illustrate a new vision for the Rillito
The Water Roots series is a collaboration between the WRRC and Sky Island Alliance to highlight the work of our partners to secure water for natural areas in southeast Arizona.
The Art of Building a Citizen Science Program
Arizona Water Watch (AWW), a new citizen science program offered through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is designed to train volunteers to collect credible scientific data on streams and lakes in Arizona. The program uses innovative ideas like visually friendly forms, hand stitched cloth streams for teaching, micro video lessons, and crowd sourcing data techniques to reach many levels of volunteers.