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The centers, institutes and programs under the Arizona Institutes for Resilience encourage the growth of climate science and resilience solutions, community outreach and interaction, and international and global strategies and partnerships. By working together, AIR units will build a "Roadmap to Resilience" that integrates research, education and solutions for local and global applications.
Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice
The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) was established in 2014 at UArizona to support research and community-based outreach to solve a range of sustainability challenges and their disparate impacts.
In 2020, the Haury Program established its new Tribal Initiative in response to the water sustainability challenges faced by Indian Country due to COVID-19. The Initiative has two primary components: support of work that addresses water sustainability challenges for Native and Indigenous communities, and strengthening the Native and Indigenous scholar, student, and staff pipeline at UArizona.
Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science
The Bridging Biodiversity and Conservation Science group (BBCS) is a cross-campus initiative, established in 2017, that addresses the interdisciplinary scientific and societal grand challenges associated with developing and implementing the emerging transitions needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. To do this, the BBCS links campus strengths in conservation, human health biodiversity, and societal well-being.
Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions
The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) draws on an interdisciplinary group of researchers who study, inform, and work collaboratively with governmental, non-governmental, and private sectors to offer creative and unique approaches to complex problems related to climate change and its impacts.
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.
Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill
A unique combination of ecology and culture, the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological preserve in the heart of Tucson. Its innovative, sustained, long-term environmental studies have made it a U.S. National Historical Landmark. A 2,500-year-old village sits atop Tumamoc Hill and the rich cultural context of four millennia of human society lie at its feet. The Hill's name derives from the Tohono O'odham place name Chemamagi Do’ag, Hill of the Horned Lizard, which signifies the profound cultural importance of this site.
Earth Grant Program
The Earth Grant program is a year-long leadership development program for a diverse cohort of UArizona students passionate about community resilience and the environment. Earth Grant students contribute to real-world outcomes for people and the planet, gain career-ready leadership and professional skills, and form lasting relationships within a growing peer-mentor network.
Educational Initiatives & Scholars Programs
The Education emphasis in AIR is a new addition to the objectives of this RII constellation. Because AIR is not an academic unit we have the opportunity and the mandate to connect education, training, and research experiences across disciplines and traditional silos in ways that bring focus to the UArizona excellence in Earth and environmental science and in applied resilience solutions.
The Carson Scholars Program and Diana Liverman Scholars Program are dedicated to training the next generation of environmental researchers in the art of public communication.
Global Change Minor (PhD)
The University of Arizona’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP) and the Global Change Faculty offer a global change PhD minor. The program provides graduate students with a broad understanding of critical concepts and state-of-the-art skills in the rapidly evolving and cross-cutting themes of global change.
Indigenous Resilience Center
The Indigenous Resilience Center’s mission is to provide support for Indigenous students, staff and faculty while modeling and teaching respectful tribal engagement. The Center is aiming to be a hub for tribal resilience solutions, scholarships, tribal outreach and teaching. The goal is to build and support a collaborative team of STEM faculty who will work within the Center to create a robust community of Native and Indigenous STEM scholars and students that respectfully honor Traditional Knowledge and tribal sovereignty in all their endeavors.
Institute for Energy Solutions
The Institute for Energy Solutions (IES) is at the forefront of innovation in energy-related research. Through cross-disciplinary programs, training and outreach activities, the institute develops solutions to emerging problems pertinent to Arizona, the Southwest U.S. and similar global areas. They leverage the depth of expertise among the University affiliates to address challenges in energy and its relation to society, water, climate and the economy.
The AIR International Programs advances resilience scholarship in international contexts and supports resilience research by stewarding the Arizona Institutes for Resilience International Development (AIRID) Network. We support faculty, students, and researchers at the University of Arizona who work on resilience topics in regions most sensitive to global environmental changes and on topics that advance international sustainable development objectives.
Research Impacts & Evaluation
The Research Impacts and Evaluation Program, led by Alison Meadow, focuses on how academic research can generate societal impacts through collaboration and engagement with communities, resource managers, and other decision makers. RIE evaluates research programs both at UArizona and across the country to provide research teams with assessments of their collaborative research processes and impacts.
Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) was established in 2011 to provide objective scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts in the southwestern United States.
University Climate Change Coalition
In December 2018, the University of Arizona joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), joining 21 leading North American Research One universities, including the University of California system, Arizona State University, and many more. Together, these institutions are all working to expand our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working with community partners to encourage climate-related resilience.
Vertically Integrated Projects
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program is a transformative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and graduate students in ambitious, long-term, large-scale, multidisciplinary project teams that are led by faculty. The model has been rigorously evaluated and refined over more than two decades.
AIR seeks to provide seed funding to initiate VIPs that fall under the umbrella of environment and resilience, wherein students become integral to authentic discovery and knowledge development within and across world-class UArizona disciplines.
Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center
The Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center facilitates innovative research and technology development to ensure sustainable water supplies that protects and promotes environmental and human health. Critical to WEST’s success is the partnership between the University of Arizona, the private sector, utilities, and the community at large.