SWES has strong and well established programs in Climate Science and Biometeorology that span local to regional scale climate and meterological assessments. SWES faculty manage the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET) which has collected weather and rainfall information for southern Arizona for the last 25 years, providing a database useful for both the management of agricultural and turfgrass systems as well as for studying global change and assessment of the sensitivity of different arid and semi-arid ecosystems to recent climatic changes. Additionally, SWES focuses on the connections between wildfire activity, drought impacts, and species level phenological shifts to support resource management decision making and the development of climate change adaptation plans
CLIMAS--Climate Assessment for the Southwest
The mission of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program is to improve the region’s ability to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes. The program promotes participatory, iterative research involving scientists, decision makers, resource users, educators, and others who need more and better information about climate and its impacts. CLIMAS investigators conduct research on the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change and variability in the southwestern United States.