UA Professor Joins National Board Reviewing U.S. Climate Change Program

Lori Harwood
Jan. 8, 2003

Diana Liverman, professor of geography and regional development and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson has been appointed to a new National Research Council (NRC) committee that will review the United States government's new strategic plan for global change and climate change studies.

The Bush administration and federal agencies have proposed new research initiatives in climate change science and climate change technology that build upon the longstanding efforts of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP).

The USGCRP funds a number of major UA research efforts, including Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), which includes applied anthropologists and geographers from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as other research projects associated with the UA Institute for the Study of Planet Earth.

Topics covered by the new strategic plan include the carbon and water cycles, atmospheric composition and land use change, climate variability and change, human contributions and responses to climate change, decision support systems for resource management and international scientific collaboration.

The State of Arizona is represented on the 16-member NRC committee by Liverman and Tucsonan Kathy Jacobs from the Arizona Department of Water Resources.


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