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Southwest and South Central CASC Investigators Publish Editorial on Managing Colorado River Risk

June 2, 2021

Southwest CASC investigator Brad Udall (Colorado State University) and South Central CASC investigator John Fleck (University of New Mexico) recently published an editorial in Science about “Managing Colorado River Risk.” The Colorado River system delivers water to 40 million people in the United States and Mexico, and irrigates millions of acres of agricultural lands. However, as temperatures warm due to climate change, water flow is down by 20% and the two largest reservoirs along the river are projected to be at 29% capacity by 2023. This leaves a complicated situation for decision-makers and politicians as water allocation agreements are renegotiated over the next 4 years. In this editorial, Udall and Fleck lay out this enormous challenge, outline what the latest science is saying, and urge decision-makers to “follow the science” as they negotiate over this precious resource.


South Central CASC Graduate Student Selected for AMS Colloquium

April 30, 2021

Graduate Student Olivia VanBuskirk was recently selected by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for participation in the 201 AMS Summer Policy Colloquium. The colloquium will provide a ten-day immersion in the policy process as a whole, as well as attention to specific topics previously chosen. This will also be an excellent opportunity to meet policy makers and decision makers from Capitol Hill, federal agencies, academia and the private sector. This event will be held virtually in June.


South Central CASC Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2020 & 2021

April 19, 2021

The South Central CASC is excited to announce the recipients of various scholarships for the 2020 and 2021 academic years. Three scholarship categories: Study Abroad, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and NASA Oklahoma Space Grant were awarded to 10 outstanding undergraduates. The 2020 recipients for the Study Abroad scholarship were awarded this year due to COVID-19 postponing events last year.


South Central CASC Joins Instagram

April 1, 2021

In an effort to continue our social media presence and share climate science to a broader audience, the South Central CASC has now joined Instagram. This will be a platform used to highlight achievements of our consortium, affiliates and staff, as well as the diverse landscapes of the south-central U.S. affected by climate change.


Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Appointed Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy

March 3, 2021

From our consortium: Texas Tech University Climate Center is excited to announce that Co-Director Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has been appointed the to the role of Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a worldwide organization that uses science to tackle the issues of conservation and climate change. As part of her role with TNC, Hayhoe will also take responsibility for the Conservancy’s wider portfolio of global climate advocacy and adaptation work. On June 1, Hayhoe will begin her new appointment and step down as the co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center. Co-director, Dr. John Zak will continue guiding the Climate Center into exciting future endeavors.


USGS Director Recognized on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

December 1, 2020

The South Central and Southwest CASCs are excited to announce that our USGS Director Dr. Stephen Jackson made the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from Web of Science and is among the top 1% of citations for publications! Dr. Jackson is one of 6,167 researchers who made the list this year and is recognized in the Environment and Ecology category. This is the fourth year Dr. Jackson has been recognized in the list of Highly Cited Researchers.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. Researchers are selected based on the number of citations their work receives over an 11-year average of publication citations from January 2009 to December 2019. For more information on this recognition, click the link below.


Outstanding Tribal GIS Member Award Winner Announced

November 17, 2020

Congratulations to our Tribal Liaison April Taylor for receiving the Outstanding Tribal GIS Member Award! This award is presented to April in recognition and appreciation of her dedication, hard work and outstanding leadership in the climate science and geospatial fields. April is commended on her ongoing efforts to bridge the connection between the global impacts of climate change and tribal communities through climate science education, resources and technology.

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