The University of Arizona

Adaptation to Climate Change in the Desert Southwest:
Impacts and Opportunities
Conference Materials


Thursday, January 22

Overview of conference agenda and southwestern climate impacts

Speaker: Jonathan Overpeck, Professor, Department of Geosciences; Director, Environmental Studies Laboratory; and Co-Director, Institute for Environment and Society (IES), University of Arizona. Read more.

PANEL I: PHYSICAL IMPACTS AND PREDICTIONS: WHAT SCIENCE CAN TELL US

Moderator: Jonathan Overpeck (see above)

Panelist: Thomas Swetnam, Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Professor of Dendrochronology, University of Arizona. Read more.

Panelist: David Breshears, Professor, University of Arizona. Theme Leader for Ecosystem Sciences, University of Arizona. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Southwest Drylands: What's Happening and What's Ahead?

Panelist: Holly Hartmann, Director, Arid Lands Information Center and Assistant Physical Scientist, Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona.

PANEL II: PUBLIC LANDS AND ECOSYSTEMS: MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Moderator: Lisa Graumlich, Professor and Director, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona. Read more.

Panelist: Julio Betancourt, Desert Laboratory, University of Arizona and U.S. Geological Survey. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Adaptive Management of Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems: Some Personal Perspectives

Panelist: Camille Parmesan, Associate Professor, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas. Read more.

Background Readings:
Assisted Colonization and Rapid Climate Change
Where the Wild Things Were
United States House of Representatives, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Hearing on "Dangerous Climate Change," April 26, 2007
Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Recent Climate Change
Climate Extremes: Observations, Modeling, and Impacts

Panelist: Allen Solomon, National Program Leader for Global Change Research, United States National Forest Service, Washington, D.C. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Public Lands and Ecosystems: Management Challenges and Opportunities Faced by the U.S. Forest Service

Background Readings:
Temporal and spatial structure in a daily wildfire-start data set from the western United States (1986 - 96)
Effects of Wildland Fire on Regional and Global Carbon Stocks in a Changing Environment
Forest Responses to Global Change in North America: Interacting Forces Define a Research Agenda

Panelist: James Salzman, Samuel F. Mordecai Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment & Earth Sciences, Duke University. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
The Challenge of Designing Recovery Plans for Endangered Species Losing Habitat as a Result of Climate Change

PANEL III: ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Moderator: George Frisvold, Professor and Extension Specialist; Environmental and Resource Economics, Regulation and Use of Biotechnology, University of Arizona, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics.

Panelist: Brian Hurd, Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, New Mexico State University. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Presentation Summary

Background Readings:
Challenges of Adapting to a Changing Climate
Coping with Global Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the United States
Climate Change Risks New Mexico's Waterways: Its Byways and Its Flyways
Climate Change and Its Implications for New Mexico's Water Resources and Economic Opportunities

Panelist: Daniel Scott, Canada Research Chair, Global Change and Tourism, Department of Geography, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Summary of Presentation

Panelist: Sean Hecht, Executive Director, UCLA Environmental Law Center, UCLA Law School. Read more.

PANEL IV: WATER AND ENERGY USE

Moderator: Kathy Jacobs, Executive Director, Arizona Water Institute. Read more.

Panelist: Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Our Thirst for Energy

Panelist: Lester Snow, Director, California Department of Water Resources. Read more.

Panelist: Robert Wilkinson, Adjunct Instructor, Water Policy, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Integrating Water and Energy Resource Management in the Context of Climate Change

Keynote Speaker

Thomas Schelling, Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus (Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs), University of Maryland. Read more.


Friday, January 23

PANEL V: MODELS OF ADAPTATION BY ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTIONS

Moderator: Carl Bauer, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Geography, University of Arizona. Read more.

Panelist: Lance Gunderson, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University.

Conference Presentation:
New Institutions for Natural Resource Management

Panelist: Craig Thomas, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Models of Adaptation by Environmental Institutions

Panelist: Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University-New Orleans.

PANEL VI: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE IN VIEW OF PAST EXPERIENCE: ECONOMIC, POLICY AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Moderator: Kirsten Engel, Professor of Law, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Read more.

Panelist: Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown State and Federal Climate Resource Center, Georgetown University Law Center. Read more.

Panelist: Dan Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law Program, University of California at Berkeley Boalt College of Law. Read more.

Conference Presentation:
Adaptation Planning and Climate Impact Assessment: Lessons from Environmental Law

Panelist: Dr. V. Kerry Smith, W.P. Carey Professor of Economics at Arizona State University. Read more.

Panelist: Mike Young, Executive Director and Research Chair, Water Economics and Management, The Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Background Reading:
Managing Change: Australian structural adjustment lessons for water