The grand challenge we address is sustaining societies coupled with their physical environments. Applied policy research on water, energy, and climate allows us to engage decision-makers, researchers, and other stakeholders to strengthen societal resilience to global change. Our approach is interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions between institutions and resources. With an emphasis on semi-arid geographies, we prioritize urban growth, globalizing markets, water resources variability, and climate change as principal, inter-related challenges.
Given our location and collaborative opportunities, U.S.-Mexico transboundary water resources are of special interest; however, we have ongoing work in the Southwest U.S., Mexico, South Asia (India and Nepal), and West Africa. Current areas of research and outreach (with funding sources) include:
• Water and growth (Water Resources Research Center, US Geological Survey)
• The water – energy nexus (Arizona Water Institute)
• Effluent and wastewater management and policy (National Science Foundation, WateReuse Foundation)
• Agricultural-urban water transfers (International Water Management Institute)
• Transboundary water and climate (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey)