Extreme Heat Research at the University of Arizona



Southwest Urban Corridor Integrated Field Laboratory (SW-IFL)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy
Collaboration of Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and IBM.

The SW-IFL studies the rapidly urbanizing "megaregion" that stretches across the state of Arizona from the Mexican border in the south to the Navajo (Diné) Nation in the north. This region is experiencing stresses resulting from a warming climate and population growth. SW-IFL will provide scientists and decision makers with high-quality, relevant knowledge capable of guiding responses to extreme heat.

Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

Funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Collaboration of the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University

CLIMAS is a NOAA Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP) and was established to address the Southwest region's climate challenges through collaborative research. CLIMAS addresses the impact of climate variability and the long-term warming trend on social phenomena such as population growth, economic development, and vulnerable populations, as well as natural systems.  One of the focus areas for CLIMAS is exploring rural, border, and tribal heat resilience. One of the focus areas for CLIMAS is exploring rural, border, and tribal heat resilience.

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE)

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Collaboration with Arizona Department of Health Services, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Pima County, and Maricopa County. 

The BRACE framework is a five-step process that allows health officials to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.

Southwest Center on Resilience for Climate Change and Health (SCORCH)

Part of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health at the University of Arizona

SCORCH supports cross-disciplinary researchers and community partners to plan and implement programs that will help underserved communities in hot and dry geographic regions adapt to climate-driven health threats.