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Social Vulnerability, Water Resources and Climatic Uncertainty in Exurban Arizona Communities


This project will examine the contours of social vulnerability to water resource scarcity and other environmental hazards in rapidly growing Mogollon Rim communities. This project is part of a larger assessment of climatic uncertainty, water resources and urban decision making in Arizona. That assessment is under the aegis of the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) housed at the International Institute of Sustainability at ASU.

The vulnerability project will develop tools for assessing social vulnerability to drought related hazards in the Verde River drainage. Part of the project will also assess the regional impacts of urban growth in Phoenix on selected exurban communities, specifically in terms of water resources and climatic uncertainty. The vulnerability assessment prototyped here will subsequently be extended to the Phoenix metropolitan region in Year 3 of the DCDC.

Research Team
  • Bob Bolin, Principal Investigator, SHESC
  • Ed Hackett, SHESC
  • Sharon Harlan, SHESC
  • Ann Kinzig, School of Life Sciences
  • Yolonda Youngs, TA, Geography
  • Tim Collins, Post-Doc, Geography
  • Charles Redman, DCDC Principal Investigator
  • Patricia Gober, DCDC Principal Investigator

Sources of Funding
This project is part of a larger DCDC multidisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation ($6.9 million).

Contact: Bob Bolin