This year, Tucson, the 3rd fastest warming city in the U.S., experienced its 2nd hottest summer on record and 11th straight summer ranked in the top ten hottest. Urban infrastructure—buildings, pavement, etc.—exacerbates extreme heat risk. Arizona Project WET (APW) and Watershed Management Group (WMG) started the Recharge the Rain (RtR) project in Tucson in 2017 to build community resilience to local climate impacts.
Brown Bag Seminar - Urban Desert Landscapes: Creating Climate Resilience One Tree at a Time
Tanya M. Quist, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences. Director, University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
Tree and urban landscapes provide an opportunity for every citizen to contribute to climate resilience through informed plant selection and sustainable management practices. The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum was established to guide science-based urban tree stewardship and to advance conservation best practices for campus and communities throughout the state. To make university research accessible, the Campus Arboretum has developed a vast array of resources and programs to help people choose the right plant for the right location so as to reduce inputs needed and maximize the benefits landscapes provide in urban desert ecosystems. Join us for this talk aimed at empowering urban communities through understanding principles and practices of horticultural science and through exploration of resources and tools available.
Tanya Quist received a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture where she studied in the Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology. Her thesis and post-doctoral work used whole plant physiological and molecular genetics approaches to explore plant responses to abiotic stress, including drought and salt. These studies built on previous work in her B.S. and M.S. programs aimed at understanding the effects of water quality and cultural practices on growth and performance of woody landscape plants.
Heat Mitigation through Green Infrastructure
Integrated hydrologic modeling at the continental scale; scientific advances and research needs
Connections between groundwater depth, surface runoff and plant water use are well established. Still, much of the work to explore these connections has been completed on the catchment scale, and groundwater-surface water interactions are largely excluded or greatly simplified in continental and global modeling efforts.
WRRC Conference 2020
Engage in exciting water discussions at the Water Resources Research Center’s 2020 annual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years.