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Decision Center for a Desert City

Decision Center for a Desert City

Decision Center for a Desert City

Transformational Solutions for Urban Water Sustainability Transitions



Research

Theorizing environmental decision making under uncertainty for urban water systems.

Linking science to societal impacts through stakeholder engagement activities.

Educating and training a new generation of scholars through real-world sustainability research and education experiences.

Modeling, simulating, visualizing, and exploring alternative futures in complex social-ecological-technical systems.


Smithsonian ‘Water/Ways’ exhibit touring Arizona

Smithsonian ‘Water/Ways’ exhibit touring Arizona

Beginning this summer, members of 12 rural communities throughout Arizona will get the chance to explore the past, present and future of water’s environmental and cultural impact in Arizona and beyond when the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit Water/Ways visits their town. The first location to see Water/Ways is the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum between...

Professor says crisis should serve as 'wakeup call'

Professor says crisis should serve as 'wakeup call'

As Cape Town, South Africa nears “Day Zero” when authorities turn off the taps — expected in the first half of April 2018 — Senior Sustainability Scientist Dave White expresses the pressing need to adapt urban water systems to stresses like climate change.

Water management in Brazil

Water management in Brazil

One of the most pressing global challenges for sustainable development in the era of the Anthropocene is freshwater management. Water is a fundamental human necessity and essential to improve social equity, promote broad economic development and protect the functioning of the earth system. That’s why ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City collaborated with scientists, managers,...