Partnered with the National Center for Atmospheric Research

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


Instructions for Presenters

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