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The Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments (CAZMEX), also known as the Binational Consortium for the Regional Scientific Development and Innovation, led at the University of Arizona by Chris Scott, is dedicated to addressing shared challenges in Mexico and Arizona from rapid growth and social problems, both exacerbated by climate change. Theme areas include climate extremes (particularly drought); water resources and their management; ecosystem processes and services; food systems; renewable energy; social and institutional dynamics and governance; and economic development.
Funded by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT); Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice; the University of Arizona; and the Brown Foundation.
Disease epidemics, climate change, marine pollution – these and other current and future grand challenges must increasingly be addressed in a transdisciplinary manner, incorporating science, health, and engineering expertise with policy and diplomacy.
SPDI (Science, Health, and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative) is a University of Arizona program designed to harness the best talent globally and to train students to serve in those roles. SPDI offers an array of events and opportunities, including conferences, courses leading to degree certificates and minors, policy fellowships, professional training, mentoring, and resources for the Science Policy and Diplomacy community.
Our emphasis builds on the UA strengths in collaborating with Latin America and specific regional challenges: food, energy, and water security, resilience and adaptive capacity to climate changes, improved health and quality of life for all, and promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) brings together a wealth of expertise at the University of Arizona to support sound management choices in the context of climate change, linking science, information needs of managers, and decision-making. CCASS provides services and benefits to both stakeholders and affiliates from the UA as they work to connect rapidly evolving scientific understanding of a changing climate with management practices in the U.S. and internationally.
Launched at the University of Arizona in 2015, the Arizona Business Resilience Initiative (ABRI) aims to develop a methodology to collaborate with business entities to learn from and contribute to ongoing efforts targeted at assessing opportunities and managing risks to their operations, especially those associated with climate change and variability. ABRI applies university expertise to develop a replicable framework and robust process. It aims to enhance businesses’ ability to react and adapt to specific climate risks and also improve the private sector’s resilience to anticipated environmental and social changes more generally.