Decision Center for a Desert City

Conducting climate, water, and decision research and developing innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers and put our work into the hands of those whose concern is for the sustainable future of Greater Phoenix.



Oct 1 Water/Climate Briefing

Extreme Climate Events: Heat and its Impact on Health

For our first Water/Climate Briefing for the 2014-2015 academic year, DCDC sets the stage for a wide-ranging discussion on climate change and extreme events.

The risk of climate extremes is likely to intensify with the impacts of climate change, leading to efforts to enhance resilience and capacity to adapt.

Throughout the year, we will discuss the possible nature of future extreme events and strategies to prepare and cope with hotter temperatures, increased fire frequency, extreme floods, and diminishing water supplies with our science, planning, and policy experts.

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World Water Monitoring Day

Did you ever stop to wonder how we get our information on the condition of our Nation’s streams, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters? Or whether these waters are safe enough to swim in, fish from, or use for drinking or irrigation purposes? Monitoring provides this basic information.

The responsibility to monitor water quality rests with many different organizations. Arizona Department of Water Resources is tasked with providing stewardship of the State’s precious and limited groundwater resources through active management and enforcement of the Arizona Groundwater Code. Utilities, universities, watershed organizations and even individual citizens also monitor chemical, physical, and biological conditions in our waters.

World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness of the importance of protecting water resources around the world by engaging people to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

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The Global Institute for Water Security Distinguished Lecture Series

Envisioning the future of water governance: Linking decision-maker preferences, simulation modelling and scenario analysis to inform sustainability transitions

Dave White will speak as a distinguished lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan’s Breakthroughs in Water Security Research: The Global Institute for Water Security Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

The coupled effects of global climate change and population dynamics on water systems are widely considered to be among the greatest urban sustainability challenges facing humanity in the Anthropocene. Climate change impacts, including rising temperatures, changes in the amount and timing of local precipitation, and increased variability will very likely reduce renewable surface and groundwater supplies and diminish raw water quality, leading to widespread but uneven risks.

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