Arizona State Climate Office
The Office of the Arizona State Climatologist is housed within the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. The purpose of the program is to: (1) disseminate climatological information about the State of Arizona, (2) monitor the climate of Arizona and the region, (3) collaborate with state agencies in need of climate data and advisement, and (4) study the climate of Arizona and conduct research aimed at a better understanding of the Arizona climate. The State Climatologist is an active member of the state's Drought Task Force, Arizona Flood Warning System, and the State Hazard Mitigation Task Force, and is engaged in research on the urban heat island, climate variability in the southwest, and water resource planning.
State Climate Offices are an integral component of the National Climate Service Partnership, which also includes NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs). State climate offices recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) work closely with one another, and with the regional and national counterparts, to provide climate data and services at the local level. Specifically, AASC recognized state climate offices (or ARSCOs) provide one or more of the following services:
1) Coordinate and collect weather observations for the purpose of climate monitoring; 2) Summarize and disseminate weather and climate information to the user community; 3) Demonstrate to the user community the value of climate information in the decision making process; 4) Perform climate impact assessments and weather event evaluations; 5) Conduct climate research, diagnosis, and projections.
The Arizona State Climate Office is recognized by the AASC.
Phone: (480) 965-0580
- Arizona State University
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)