Understanding climatic hazards requires the study of important geospatial and environmental components. For example, drought does not occur uniformly across a region, and the spatial patterns of such threats can and do change seasonally and interannually. Additional factors such as large changes in elevation across an area make the resulting impacts vary even more. Through geospatial environmental modeling (GEM), we assess and anticipate environmental impacts from climatic hazards at regional scales as they have played, are playing, and might play out over time.
Our research integrates traditional analysis techniques from the atmospheric and related sciences with geospatial data and modeling to investigate climatic hazards and their impacts. In addition to data development and analysis, this program serves as a hub for visualizations that enable individuals to explore geospatial data and climatic hazards from new and potentially powerful perspectives.
As part of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, problems related to climatic hazards in Arizona and the broader southwestern region of North America motivate much of our research and many of our applications. Our activities also include outreach, helping people put knowledge of geospatial data and climatic hazards to use.
[08/30/17] - Climatic Change article on climate information for long-term planning on agricultural lands
[05/17/17] - Arizona Cooperative Extension bulletin on the functionality and data behind DroughtView
[03/31/17] - Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology article on discerning "flavors" of drought through indices of climate extremes
[12/01/16] - Marine Policy article on indicators of climate change and social vulnerability for Eastern and Gulf Coast communities in the U.S.
[08/04/16] - Arizona Cooperative Extension bulletin on gridded datasets of daily surface meteorological variables
[07/19/16] - visualization of cumulative growing degree-days based on AZMET data
[05/27/16] - Extension Climate Fact Sheet, El Niño 2015-2016 : Will It Affect the Wildland Fire Season in Arizona?
[03/02/16] - Extension Climate Fact Sheet, El Niño 2015-2016 : Will It Affect Snowfall in Arizona's Highcountry?
[01/25/16] - Incorporating Climate Change Data, a workshop offered as part of the Arizona and New Mexico American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society Joint Annual Meeting, February 4, 2016
[12/23/15] - Extension Climate Fact Sheet, El Niño 2015-2016 : Will It Affect Minimum Temperatures across Arizona?
[09/25/15] - Extension Climate Fact Sheet, El Niño 2015-2016 : Will It Influence Tropical Cyclones that Affect Arizona?
[09/25/15] - Extension Climate Fact Sheet, El Niño 2015-2016 : An Overview of What It Might Mean for Arizona
[08/10/15] - book chapter on our development of a cut-off low event database for the Southwest in "Machine Learning and Data Mining Approaches to Climate Science"
[08/10/15] - CLIMAS report on Hopi Climate and Drought Information and Management
[03/30/15] - project with NOAA Fisheries to develop sea level rise information for social indicators of coastal and fishing communities in the U.S.
[03/26/15] - our presentation on using the "data process" for climate services at the 13th Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW 2015)
[10/27/14] - climateGEM relocates to the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment!