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.
WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal Meets With HRH Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2013) – Sharon B. Megdal, Director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), met with His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan earlier this week as a representative of the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) and the University of Arizona.
“It was an honor to meet with His Royal Highness Prince El-Hassan,” Dr. Megdal said. “Our meeting was broad in range and focused on a number of big-picture water issues, particularly the importance of considering the human and physical environments in water planning and management.”
Among his many achievements in education and social arenas, Prince El-Hassan founded the Jordanian Royal Scientific Society in 1970 and the Jordanian Higher Council on Science and Technology in 1987. He also chairs the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
“Prince El-Hassan has been a transformative figure in the world of science, particularly in Jordan,” said Charles F. Hutchinson, UA Professor Emeritus and IALC President.
The meeting between Prince El-Hassan and Dr. Megdal acknowledges the long tradition of scientific cooperation between the IALC – which is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona – and Jordan in the areas of water and water management. For more than 20 years, the IALC has focused on international research projects and educational programs aimed at helping people living in arid and semi-arid regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
“This meeting also underscores a renewed commitment by both sides to continue and strengthen this vital relationship at the very highest levels, both scientifically and politically,” Hutchinson said. “We are grateful for Prince Hassan’s commitment and hospitality, and for Dr. Megdal’s tireless efforts to further this cooperation.”
The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), a unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, education and outreach. For more information, visit us at wrrc.arizona.edu.
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.