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Southwest Climate Hub Bulletin

News and events for the Southwest Hub region

June 2019 

Hub and ITEP team up to support Tribal climate adaptation planning

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University offers training to tribal environmental professionals to build their capacity to address climate change issues. The courses are taught by instructional teams that include staff from ITEP, federal agencies, universities, and/or organizations, and most importantly, the tribes themselves, who share their expertise and experience. The SW Hub was honored to host a training workshop this June. Read more >>

The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network 

The Southwest Agroforestry Action Network (SWAAN) formed in 2018 with the purpose of sharing information about agroforestry, connecting potential collaborators and partners, and generating ideas, research, and initiatives that advance adoption of agroforestry in the Southwest U.S. They held their first meeting in Farmington, NM in June 2019.

S4W - Soil for Water

The Southwest Hub recently met with National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) representatives. NCAT is "a national nonprofit that helps people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources."  We asked Mike Morris, director of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office (which covers TX and NM) to tell us more about their "Soil for Water" project. Read more >>

A Hubiquitous time at UCOWR 

The Southwest Climate Hub Team attended the 2019 Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) / National Institutes for Water Resources annual meeting, delivering 6 oral presentations and chairing 2 sessions. It was a great opportunity to share our interdisciplinary work on drought, agricultural production, and community engagement as well as to network with colleagues from across the U.S. Read more >>

Tribal Food Sovereignty and Climate Change Preparedness of Tribal Agriculture

Food sovereignty is “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” By addressing food sovereignty, tribes are rebuilding resilient agriculture in their communities, ecosystems and agroecosystems. Read more >>

A deeper-dive into early snowmelt

Climate impacts on the high mountain hydrologic cycle include less water held in the snowpack, earlier runoff, less precipitation falling as snow and lower summer streamflow. Read more >>

Climate reporting for the Southwest

We are currently in an El Niño Advisory status. Forecasters estimate there will be about a 66% chance of a weak El Niño for the summer 2019 and decline to a 50-55% chance to continue into the fall and winter. Read more about El Niño Tracker - June 2019, an analysis by CLIMAS (Climate Assessment for the Southwest). 

As of June 20, the three-month outlook (Jul-Aug-Sep 2019) shows a 33-60% chance for above normal temperatures for the southwestern U.S. For much of the southwestern U.S., there is an equal chance and up to 33% chance for above normal precipitation in Utah, northeastern Arizona, and northern New Mexico. These outlooks are created monthly by NOAA Climate Prediction Center and based on departures from the 1981-2010 base period. The one-month outlook for July shows above normal temperatures for the majority of the southwest and an equal chance for precipitation across the southwest. To view more short-term outlooks, please visit the NOAA's National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.

3-month outlook

1-month outlook


Drought conditions remain in western New Mexico. In Hawaii, the drought conditions remain with drought intensities of D0-D3. You can view how the maps change from week to week using the U.S. Drought Monitor Map Comparison Slider. Since April 8, there has been a new addition to the U.S. Drought Monitor where users can view drought conditions across the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). As of June 18, the Mariana Islands are in a D3 condition and Utirik and Wotje are in D4 conditions. For a more detailed USAPI drought summary, visit the U.S. Drought Monitor website.  

For the seasonal drought outlook (June 20 - September 30, 2019), drought will likely be removed in western New Mexico. However, the outlook predicts drought will persist in Hawaiʻi.


Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

August 5-7, 2019
Register Here

The 14th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education will be in Washington D.C, co-hosted by the Lowell School and partnering with the NOAA Climate Program Office and others. Join a network of teachers from across the country dedicated to bringing climate change education into Humanities classrooms. Content will be focused for 6-12 grade teachers in Social Studies/ELA/Political Science/Environmental Studies subjects.

Funding Opportunities 

Agroforestry Outreach
Range of Awards: Up to $45,000
Deadline: July 15, 2019
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Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Deadline: July 30, 2019
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Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program, NIFA
Who is eligible to apply: 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,700,000
Deadline: August 9, 2019
More information

Plant Biotic Interactions Program, NSF-NIFA
Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000
Deadline: September 30, 2019
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Foundational and Applied Science Program, AFRI
Range of Awards: Up to $1,000,000
Deadline: December 18, 2019
More information



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