VRBP meeting will include climate change presentation

The March 9 quarterly meeting of the Verde River Basin partnership will feature a presentation by Michael Crimmins, PhD, of the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science entitled "Climate Change in Arizona: Past, Present and Future."

The meeting takes place in Room M-137 at the Yavapai College Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale at 2 p.m.

Crimmins is the monitoring expert for the Governor's Drought Management Task Force and supplies scientific support to resource managers across the state.

"Despite its notoriety as a dusty and dry place, Arizona possesses an exceptional diversity of landscapes and vegetation. Major changes in the global climate system have been observed in recent decades that have directly impacted Arizona's diverse climate," says Crimmins.

Arizona has been in a long-term drought since the mid 1990s.

Crimmins' presentation will focus on understanding the role climate plays in the state's increasing demand on water resources.

The public is invited.

-- Steve Ayers

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