Tuesday, April 3, 2018

CAPLA faculty members Courtney Crosson, Ladd Keith, and Margaret Livingston, PhD participated in last week's National Science Foundation sponsored workshop entitled, “Can Tucson Survive Peak Drought and Warming.” In spite of the gloomy long-term climate forecast, they presented possible solutions and adaptations for residents living in places—like Tucson—which are expected to be increasingly affected by droughts and warmer temperatures.

By paying attention to "microclimates" around our homes when choosing landscaping plants, increasing the use of solar panels on roofs and in landscapes, and changing the way we structure our urban environments, we may be able to mitigate some of the adverse effects of a warming climate.


Solar panels at Biospehere II. Photo: Greg Barron-Gafford

Solar panels at Biosphere II - Greg Barron-Gafford