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For additional information, see the Western Mega-Region
Links to Material from the Southwest Assessment Group:
Related Articles from the National Assessment's Newsletter, Acclimations.
Also of Interest:
The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, in conjunction with the Latin American Area Center, the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, and other units at the University of Arizona organized and hosted the Southwest-Colorado River Regional Workshop. The symposium included both public sessions and working sessions that attracted participants from academia, non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribal governments, farmers and ranchers, elected officials, business and industry, and other research programs. This event brought together important stakeholders to determine the state-of-knowledge, information and research needs, and possible policy strategies for the southwestern U.S. and the nation.
Issues for Analysis
The follow-up assessment considered a limited number of key sectors and issues that are critical in the Southwest region. The issues addressed include: Water, Health, Urbanization, Ranching, Mining, and Natural Ecosystems. It was particularly important to show the very central role of water on health and urban issues and upon most, if not all, social, economic, and environmental sectors. The Assessment focus addressed environmental and socio-economic impacts due to climate variability and change, and recognized that some of the current stresses in the region are complicating factors.
Strategy for the Assessment
Each member of the Regional Assessment Team was responsible for either (a) preparing a base set of data/information; (b) conducting a survey and analysis of potential consequences; or (c) conducting a crosscut analysis of sector assessments. Examining the consequences of past climate variations, including extreme events, was at least as important as examining those under projected climate scenarios. Each regional assessment team member was responsible for coordination with other assessment teams/members. The Assessment document is available on the web, see the above link.