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CLIMATE WORK WITH ARIZONA ORCHARDS AND VINEYARDS | CCASS

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A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation, adaptationscenarios.org, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

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CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

CLIMATE WORK WITH ARIZONA ORCHARDS AND VINEYARDS

Photo Credit: 
Mike Crimmins
Emily French AND J.J. Brost of the Tucson Weather Forecast Office visit an orchard in Southeastern Arizona.
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With support from the USDA Southwest Climate Hub, UA researchers Mike Crimmins, Jeremy Weiss, and Paul Brown are working with Tucson National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office personnel to increase the use and usefulness of existing weather and climate information to support risk management for orchards, vineyards, and field crops. Workshops with regional growers found that cold-weather forecasts are often too warm during spring and fail to warn of freezes.  Consequently, the Tucson NWS office is developing experimental forecast enhancements using home weather station observations for the area, while UA researchers are working with the National Phenology Network to use new technologies to improve tracking of phenology deviations during the spring growing season.