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Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought

May 23, 2016

A new study, funded in part by the Southwest Climate Science Center, shows that prescribed fire can be an effective forest-management tool to reduce the effects of drought. With severe, ongoing drought affecting much of the southwestern U.S., federal land managers require information on how to respond.

“There is a lot of research showing that climate change is already increasing drought frequency and severity,” said Phillip van Mantgem, USGS forest ecologist and lead author of the study. “Our study indicated that when some trees were removed using prescribed fire,... Read more

Ensuring coordination among regional climate science programs

May 11, 2016

Resource managers are facing the challenges of climate change, and regional climate science programs, such as the SW CSC, are available to aid in the effort. However, these centers have varying roles and are administered by different agencies. Therefore, coordination among the centers to communicate their roles and avoid duplication is essential. Several efforts are underway to accomplish this as highlighted in an Eos article written by Carolyn Enquist, Deputy Director, and Stephen Jackson, Director, of the SW CSC.

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Director Jackson receives Leadership Award

May 3, 2016

Stephen T. Jackson, Director of the Southwest Climate Science Center, has received the Excellence in Leadership Award at the 2016 USGS Honor Awards Ceremony, held May 3, 3016 in Reston, Virginia. The Excellence in Leadership Award is a USGS honor award that recognizes an employee for his or her outstanding acts, services, or achievements that exemplify and support the USGS goals of developing a leadership-centered culture throughout the Bureau. Congratulations to Stephen Jackson!

PI MacDonald elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2016

Glen MacDonald – SW CSC Principle Investigator, John Muir Memorial Chair, and Distinguished Professor of Geography at UCLA – has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. It convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science, engineering, and technology... Read more

Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change Report

April 18, 2016

The report from the Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation is now available online. The summit was held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on November 12 and 13, 2015 and was hosted by the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (NNCAP) and Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS). The summit was sponsored by the Southwest Climate Science Center, the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in... Read more