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2015 Southwest Climate Summit Highlights

November 16, 2015 - 9am

The 2015 Southwest Climate Summit held in Sacramento, CA on November 2 - 3, 2015 engaged over 250 participants from over 50 agencies and organizations across the Southwest in conversations about enabling bold decisions in the face of climate change, decision support for adaptation management, and how to navigate the complexity of climate science. 

The Summit highlighted the key principles for successful climate adaptation as:

  • Focus on future conditions and plan for change
  • Design actions in watershed or ecosystem context 
  • Prioritize actions for multiple benefits to nature and people
  • Collaborate and communicate across sectors

Summit participants were able to take back many lessons learned about how to better catalyze effective climate adaptation. Those lessons include:

  • If we take action, it will have a positive impact for adaptation!
  • Need to shift towards co-production of science between managers and scientists
  • Listen and include to the expertise of Tribal members in adaptation partnerships and projects
  • There are many successful climate adaptation projects ongoing all of which we can build upon and champion

SW CSC Principal Investigators Selected as AGU Fellows

July 28, 2015 - 9am

Southwest Climate Science Center Principal Investigators Dr. Glen MacDonald and Dr. Jonathan T. Overpeck have been selected as 2015 American Geophysical Union Fellows. Being elected a Union Fellow is a tribute to those AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by section and focus group committees. This honor is bestowed on only 0.1% of the membership in any given year.

Detecting mismatches of bird migration stopover and tree phenology in response to changing climate

July 21, 2015 - 5pm

New SW CSC research examines patterns of migratory bird abundance and tree flowering in five habitat types of the Madrean Sky Islands of Arizona. Phenological synchrony and overlap were used to detect mismatches between migratory bird stopovers for food and the life cycle events of trees that provide habitat for the insects the birds eat. Although strong patterns of phenological synchrony and overlap between migratory birds and tree flowering at stopover sites was detected, mismatch was also detected. Mismatch was related to interannual climate variation.