Climate Change Scenario Planning in Central New Mexico
Climate and Geospatial Extension Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Jeremy is engaged widely in weather and climate hazards, utilizing geospatial environmental modeling and data development, analysis, and visualization. His research integrates traditional analysis techniques from the atmospheric and related sciences with geospatial data and modeling to assess and anticipate impacts from such hazards as they have played, are playing, and might play out over time. In addition to data development and analysis, Jeremy works on visualizations that enable exploration of weather, climate, and geospatial data from new and potentially powerful perspectives. As part of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, problems related to weather and climate hazards in Arizona and the broader southwestern region of North America motivate much of his research and many of his applications. Jeremy’s activities also include outreach, helping people put data and knowledge of weather and climate hazards to use.
Reporting on Future Regional Climate and Related Impacts for the Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project
Similar to many other metropolitan areas in the western United States, Albuquerque and surrounding cities in central New Mexico comprise a rapidly growing region in an arid environment. Planning for such an area in the 21st century requires addressing a mixture of challenges from congestion, sprawl, energy use, vehicle emissions, water supply, and potential changes in future regional climate along with related impacts.
Led by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a group of federal agencies and the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico is embarking on a project – the Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project – to help the region address these intertwined challenges. This project aims to influence regional transportation and land-use decision making, and analyze strategies to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for impacts related to potential changes in future climate.
To support these efforts, a new CLIMAS report provides a summary of current research on anticipated changes to temperature and precipitation in the Southwest – with particular attention to central New Mexico and the upper Rio Grande basin – over the course of this century, as well as some of the potential impacts related to these changes. Along with information regarding the magnitude and direction of such changes, this report also presents the level of confidence that experts have in such changes, which is an important aspect of interpreting climate projections.