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.
- 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).