Climate science and drought planning: The Arizona experience

Katharine L. Jacobs, Gregg M. Garfin, Barbara J. Morehouse

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In response to recent severe drought conditions throughout the state, Arizona recently developed its first drought plan. The Governor's Drought Task Force focused on limiting the economic and social impacts of future droughts through enhanced adaptation and mitigation efforts. The plan was designed to maximize the use of new, scientific breakthroughs in climate monitoring and prediction and in vulnerability assessment. The long term objective of the monitoring system is to allow for evaluation of conditions in multiple sectors and at multiple scales. Stakeholder engagement and decision support are key objectives in reducing Arizona's vulnerability in light of the potential for severe, sustained drought. The drivers of drought conditions in Arizona include the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. (JAWRA) (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-446
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Water Resources Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • Climate variability/change
  • Drought
  • Risk assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Water policy
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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