Water

Visioning Natural and Urban Resilience

In the western United States, most of our cities are situated in arid landscapes–dryland ecosystems or deserts.  Historically, dry landscapes have been viewed as wastelands, lacking value until we created a use for them. Most humans now live in cities, and dryland ecosystems are currently home to over 2 billion people worldwide. Like any other organism, […]


researchers load rafts in preparation to float the canyon river

Exploring Environmental Change in Cataract Canyon

An interdisciplinary cohort of GCSC faculty joined government researchers and community partners over Fall Break for a week-long trip down the Colorado River to explore environmental change in Cataract Canyon.  It was an exceptional immersive week integrating geology, hydrology, ecology, art, philosophy, history, policy, education, recreation, and more in Utah’s spectacular wilderness redrock river landscape. […]


Steve Burian Receives Award from President of Pakistan

In recognition of Steve’s services to education, the President of Pakistan has decided to confer upon him the honor/ medal of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (translation: Star of Excellence). Steve is the Principal Investigator for the USAID-funded U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. This collaboration aims to help secure the availability of clean water through education and […]


McKenzie Skiles Studies Threat to Utah’s Snow

What does the level of the Great Salt Lake have to do with skiing Utah’s “greatest snow on earth?” GCSC affiliate McKenzie Skiles, assistant professor of geography, studies snow hydrology, light absorbing particulates in snow/snow energy balance, remote sensing of the cryosphere, and cryosphere-climate interaction. Light-absorbing particulates includes dust. Dust on snow accelerates melting. In […]


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Follstad Shah’s contribution to global project on river ecology

GCSC faculty affiliate Jennifer Follstad Shah, assistant professor in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies program and research assistant professor in geography, joined with researchers from 40 countries in an effort to better understand how climate effects river ecosystems. Read about the massive project in U News.