With guidance from the Colorado River Research Group, CCASS and the University of Colorado will host at the University of Arizona in October 2017 an invitation-only workshop to develop a physical and social science research agenda for the Colorado River, building upon the existing foundation of academic research as well as the Colorado River Basin Study of 2012 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
A series of interviews will be conducted prior to this primarily academic workshop in order to frame and prioritize the topics to be addressed. A second workshop is anticipated to follow closely and engage a wide array of stakeholders in responding to the science agenda and ensure that the priorities and recommendations that emerge reflect the interests and perspectives of the stakeholders.
The three interdisciplinary science topics for discussion at the October workshop are:
(1) Climate Variability and Change. An assessment of climate trends and variability, considering the potential for extreme events in the basin (both short- and long-term drought and flooding events).
(2) Geomorphology and environmental and Instream Impacts. Observed and expected changes to ecosystem (particularly aquatic) functioning and health associated with changing water quantity and quality conditions.
(3) Climate Change Vulnerabilities across Coupled Human-environment Systems. How potential changes in coupled human-environmental systems can stress key resources (e.g., water storage, instream flows, groundwater reserves) and processes (e.g., water management, socioeconomic conditions, environmental services) in the Colorado River Basin service area including the seven basin states and Mexico.
Funding by: National Science Foundation and the Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation.