Engagement and Collaborative Processes

Project/program evaluation

Ethnography of the RISA Program

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

In an upcoming publication, Institute of the Environment's Alison Meadow reflects upon NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program: how it was created, how it has developed, and what other boundary and climate service organizations can learn about how to structure their programs to optimize climate service delivery, collaborative knowledge development, and learning within the organizations.

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Review of Global Framework for Climate Services

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Arizona spent 13 days in three African countries in summer 2017 to evaluate the role and impact of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services. GFCS aims to bring climate information to bear on climate challenges in developing countries.

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Evaluating and Improving Co-production of Climate Science Knowledge

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

This project evaluated the approaches used by DOI Southwest Climate Science Center-funded investigators to collaborate with agency managers and stakeholders with the goal of identifying a set of best practices that improve both management and collaborative research process-related outcomes.

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Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation

Ethnography of the RISA Program

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

In an upcoming publication, Institute of the Environment's Alison Meadow reflects upon NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program: how it was created, how it has developed, and what other boundary and climate service organizations can learn about how to structure their programs to optimize climate service delivery, collaborative knowledge development, and learning within the organizations.

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Developing Green Infrastructure in Low-Income Communities

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

Green infrastructure (or GI, i.e., spaces with permeable surfaces dominated by vegetation) is not always available or accessible to residents of low-income communities.  This community-university-partnership works to address this inequity in Tucson, Arizona, helping to engage community members in planning and development of a greenway using federal funds. This road is a designated bike route that links residents to multiple amenities including a library, a transit station, numerous parks, and more than a dozen schools. It is expected to serve residents not only as a safe route to schools and amenities, but also as GI that would decrease floods and extreme heat.

The project aims to build capacity, social capital, and communication between community members, city officials, neighborhood leaders, university scientists, and local NGOs.

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Translational Ecology

Lead CCASS Contact: Carolyn Enquist

Researchers from the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center and the University of Arizona are leading an effort to increase knowledge of translational ecology, which aims to facilitate the development of actionable, decision-relevant science, particularly in the context of climate adaptation.

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Co-developing Ways to Increase Preparation for Droughts

Lead CCASS Contact: Mitch McClaran

Drought threatens livestock and natural resources on rangelands, including the 90 million acres of federal land that are administered by the Forest Service and grazed by livestock belonging to ranchers with grazing permits. A team from the University of Arizona worked with ranchers and Forest Service personnel on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) to co-develop ways to increase the preparation for future droughts that are 1) feasible for ranchers and 2) consistent with the federal policies that define management options for the National Forest. The goal of the project is expanded engagement in Forest Service decision processes for long term drought planning.

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Social Science Methods and Tools in Climate Change Work

CCASS organizes and hosts a regular series of talks on social science methods and tools relevant to climate change adaptation. The events feature short talks by four or five presenters that provide an overview of the particular approaches and methods they use in their work or findings of interest.  The presentations are followed by lively Q&A and discussion sessions with the audience encouraged to participate.

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Connecting science and decision-making

Ethnography of the RISA Program

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

In an upcoming publication, Institute of the Environment's Alison Meadow reflects upon NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program: how it was created, how it has developed, and what other boundary and climate service organizations can learn about how to structure their programs to optimize climate service delivery, collaborative knowledge development, and learning within the organizations.

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Regional resilience

Developing Green Infrastructure in Low-Income Communities

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

Green infrastructure (or GI, i.e., spaces with permeable surfaces dominated by vegetation) is not always available or accessible to residents of low-income communities.  This community-university-partnership works to address this inequity in Tucson, Arizona, helping to engage community members in planning and development of a greenway using federal funds. This road is a designated bike route that links residents to multiple amenities including a library, a transit station, numerous parks, and more than a dozen schools. It is expected to serve residents not only as a safe route to schools and amenities, but also as GI that would decrease floods and extreme heat.

The project aims to build capacity, social capital, and communication between community members, city officials, neighborhood leaders, university scientists, and local NGOs.

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CAZMEX

Lead CCASS Contact: Christopher Scott

CAZMEX is a binational effort to address shared challenges in Mexico and Arizona from rapid growth and social problems that are exacerbated by climate change. Theme areas are: climate extremes (particularly drought); water resources and their management; ecosystem processes and services; food systems; renewable energy; social and institutional dynamics and governance; and economic development.

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Poverty/vulnerability

Developing Green Infrastructure in Low-Income Communities

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

Green infrastructure (or GI, i.e., spaces with permeable surfaces dominated by vegetation) is not always available or accessible to residents of low-income communities.  This community-university-partnership works to address this inequity in Tucson, Arizona, helping to engage community members in planning and development of a greenway using federal funds. This road is a designated bike route that links residents to multiple amenities including a library, a transit station, numerous parks, and more than a dozen schools. It is expected to serve residents not only as a safe route to schools and amenities, but also as GI that would decrease floods and extreme heat.

The project aims to build capacity, social capital, and communication between community members, city officials, neighborhood leaders, university scientists, and local NGOs.

More information

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Science translation

Translational Ecology

Lead CCASS Contact: Carolyn Enquist

Researchers from the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center and the University of Arizona are leading an effort to increase knowledge of translational ecology, which aims to facilitate the development of actionable, decision-relevant science, particularly in the context of climate adaptation.

Read more

Landscape-scale ecology

Translational Ecology

Lead CCASS Contact: Carolyn Enquist

Researchers from the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center and the University of Arizona are leading an effort to increase knowledge of translational ecology, which aims to facilitate the development of actionable, decision-relevant science, particularly in the context of climate adaptation.

Read more

Engagement and Collaborative Processes

Co-developing Ways to Increase Preparation for Droughts

Lead CCASS Contact: Mitch McClaran

Drought threatens livestock and natural resources on rangelands, including the 90 million acres of federal land that are administered by the Forest Service and grazed by livestock belonging to ranchers with grazing permits. A team from the University of Arizona worked with ranchers and Forest Service personnel on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) to co-develop ways to increase the preparation for future droughts that are 1) feasible for ranchers and 2) consistent with the federal policies that define management options for the National Forest. The goal of the project is expanded engagement in Forest Service decision processes for long term drought planning.

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Disaster preparedness and decision support

Co-developing Ways to Increase Preparation for Droughts

Lead CCASS Contact: Mitch McClaran

Drought threatens livestock and natural resources on rangelands, including the 90 million acres of federal land that are administered by the Forest Service and grazed by livestock belonging to ranchers with grazing permits. A team from the University of Arizona worked with ranchers and Forest Service personnel on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) to co-develop ways to increase the preparation for future droughts that are 1) feasible for ranchers and 2) consistent with the federal policies that define management options for the National Forest. The goal of the project is expanded engagement in Forest Service decision processes for long term drought planning.

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Coproduction

Co-developing Ways to Increase Preparation for Droughts

Lead CCASS Contact: Mitch McClaran

Drought threatens livestock and natural resources on rangelands, including the 90 million acres of federal land that are administered by the Forest Service and grazed by livestock belonging to ranchers with grazing permits. A team from the University of Arizona worked with ranchers and Forest Service personnel on the Tonto National Forest (TNF) to co-develop ways to increase the preparation for future droughts that are 1) feasible for ranchers and 2) consistent with the federal policies that define management options for the National Forest. The goal of the project is expanded engagement in Forest Service decision processes for long term drought planning.

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Adaptation and International Development

Review of Global Framework for Climate Services

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Arizona spent 13 days in three African countries in summer 2017 to evaluate the role and impact of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services. GFCS aims to bring climate information to bear on climate challenges in developing countries.

Read more

CAZMEX

Lead CCASS Contact: Christopher Scott

CAZMEX is a binational effort to address shared challenges in Mexico and Arizona from rapid growth and social problems that are exacerbated by climate change. Theme areas are: climate extremes (particularly drought); water resources and their management; ecosystem processes and services; food systems; renewable energy; social and institutional dynamics and governance; and economic development.

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Climate/poverty connection

Review of Global Framework for Climate Services

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Arizona spent 13 days in three African countries in summer 2017 to evaluate the role and impact of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services. GFCS aims to bring climate information to bear on climate challenges in developing countries.

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Mexico/US collaborations

CAZMEX

Lead CCASS Contact: Christopher Scott

CAZMEX is a binational effort to address shared challenges in Mexico and Arizona from rapid growth and social problems that are exacerbated by climate change. Theme areas are: climate extremes (particularly drought); water resources and their management; ecosystem processes and services; food systems; renewable energy; social and institutional dynamics and governance; and economic development.

Read more

Engagement process and methods

Social Science Methods and Tools in Climate Change Work

CCASS organizes and hosts a regular series of talks on social science methods and tools relevant to climate change adaptation. The events feature short talks by four or five presenters that provide an overview of the particular approaches and methods they use in their work or findings of interest.  The presentations are followed by lively Q&A and discussion sessions with the audience encouraged to participate.

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Scenario Planning

Developing, Testing and Evaluating Scenario Planning for the Nevada BLM

Lead CCASS Contact: Gregg Garfin

With funding from the Bureau of Land Management and NOAA, this project developed best management practices for using scenario planning methods in adaptation planning and identified how these methods could be integrated into existing regulatory planning processes.

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Adaptive network / Service development

Southwest Extension Climate Adaptation Workshop

Lead CCASS Contact: Kathy Jacobs

Participants representing University-based Extension programs in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands, USDA Climate Hubs, DOI Climate Science Centers, and Sea Grant programs, met in Tucson in December 2016 to build USDA Cooperative Extension's capacity to develop climate-change preparedness that integrate climate science into existing and emerging Extension programs.

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