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    Simulating Climate Variability and Change since 850 CE

    Jan 2016
  • 1930's Dust Bowl

    US Dust Bowl Linked to Warm Ocean Surface

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    Library of Congress
  • Drought in Western North America

    Persistent future drought poses challenges to future water resources

    Nov 2013
    Luke Parsons
  • Drought and the Pacific Ocean

    Recent changes in tropical Pacific winds

    Jul 2014
    Garrison Loope
  • African Monsoon

    Paleoclimate records reveal past shifts in the African Monsoon

    Jan 2015
    J Overpeck and W Wheeler

Surviving Peak Drought and Temperature Workshop 2018

This March 29 and 30th, the EASM Megadrought team is hosting a conference bringing researchers and stakeholder from across the Southwestern United states to discuss cutting edge research and managment strategies regarding global transition into, through, and out of peak temperature and drought.

The theme of the conference is ‘Surviving peak drought and warming in the Southwest’.  

There is a growing recognition that the future may not be a simple warming and plateauing to a 1.5°C-2.0°C warmer world nor a 4.0°C warmer world, but rather will be a world of changing climate that peaks at a temperature that is warmer than the international target, and then (e.g., as short-lived GHG are removed from the atmosphere) cools to the intended target temperature. There needs to be greater focus on these climate change and climate adaptation pathways that might define the evolution of climate over the next 100 years. Although the Paris agreement and other trends suggest the possibility that we may eventually slow warming it is likely that temperatures will rise well above 2°C, especially at the regional level, before any chance of return below 2°C.  The IPCC 1.5°C report will be concluding that overshoot is almost sure. however aggressively we implement mitigation. 

The conference will be held in the ENR2 building at the University of Arizona March 28 & 29, 2018

Conference Schedule 


Instructions for Session Chairs

University of Arizona researchers and graduate students working on relevant projects are welcome to attend. 


Please contact Jessie Pearl at for more details 



Some Suggested Readings Titles:

1] Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies 

2] The Quality of Stakeholder Engagment in Sustainability Reporting: Empirical Evidence and Critical Points

3] Conceptualizing joint knowledge proxuction in regional climate change adaptation projects: success conditions and levers for action

4] Stakeholder participation in agricultural research projects: a conceptual framework for reflection and decision-making

5] Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information

6] Responding to stakeholder's demands for climate information: from research to applications in Floria

7] Learning about Climate: an Exploration of the Socialization of Climate Change

8] Co-producing knowledge: joint knowledge production between experts, bureaucrats, and stakeholders in Dutch water management projects

9] From complex systems analysis to transformational change: a comparative appraisal of sustainability science projects

10] Participatory methods of integrated assessment - a review

11] Stakeholder participation for environmental management: A literature review

12] Stakeholder participation in environmental knowledge production








Exploring the Broad Expanse of the Drought Nexus

This web resource is inspired by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore global drought and megadrought (droughts lasting multiple decades). Our group analyzes both instrumental and paleoclimatic (pre-instrumental) data along with state-of-the-art Earth System Model data, all in a context designed to enable better decision-making with respect to drought. From a science perspective, understanding drought and megadrought requires working at the nexus of climate dynamics, paleoclimatology, climate modeling, and much more. From a decision-maker or resource manager perspective, dealing with drought requires operating at the nexus of politics, economics, energy, water, agriculture and much more. Although we focus on the global impacts of drought, this site also emphasizes the time and space scales that matter most for those thinking about drought. This site goes beyond our NSF project to integrate insights developed with the help of other funding as well. Please explore our website and learn more about drought and megadrought around the globe.

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