Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) - RISA
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. The program also supports efforts to improve climate forecasting in the region; assessing climate variability and longer-term climate change in terms of impacts on human and natural systems in the Southwest U.S. Additional research efforts focus on better understanding risk, resilience, variability and change in climate and water systems, providing decision support to key stakeholders, and facilitating knowledge exchange and partnerships.
CLIMAS is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. CLIMAS is housed at the University of Arizona's Institute for the Study of Planet Earth.
Phone: (520) 792-8712
- NOAA Climate Program Office
- University of Arizona
- New Mexico State University
- Southwest Climate Change Network