Building Resilience in the context of drought, wildfires, wind, extreme precipitation events, and heat.
Building Resilience in the context of drought, wildfires, wind, extreme precipitation events, and heat.

The WAA is a network for local government agencies located and operating in the southwest and intermountain regions that have come together to address the complex challenges caused by a changing climate that includes drought, wildfires, wind, extreme precipitation events, and heat.  



Recent Research on "Arizona's Views on Climate Change" by University of Arizona and Stanford University.


The conclusion?  70% of Arizona's population believes that climate change is a significant issue.  


Click here to read a summary of the report's interesting findings. 

Annual Meetings

View pictures, presentations, and reports from our annual meetings to stay up to date on how the network is sustaining and improving resilliant cities throughout the Southwest! 


View the photo gallery from our annual meetings here.


Peruse the presentations from our annual meetings here. 


View crystal ball reports from our annual meetings here. 

Solving Issues in the Southwest

The Alliance is a network that works together to solve complex problems of resilience in the context of a changing climate. Extreme events are setting new weather norms for the 21st century where historical records are no longer a reliable predictor of future events.

See the NEWS page for recent weather related events in participating communties. 

Best Practice Reporting

The network is working with partner organisations and other networks to identify innovative solutions.  Best practices, reports, toolkits and webinars are being used to communicate to participating cities and the public.                                               

See the REPORTS page for recent communications on the topic of adaptation and resilience.  

 Story Maps

Extreme Weather in the Desert Southwest: Past, Present, and Future 

Our story maps are a tool to communicate the effect of a changing climate on extreme weather in the Desert Southwest. Each story map is a case study for WAA member cities, taking the viewer through the past, present, and future need for extreme weather adaptation in these communities based on their unique climates and the most current climate projections for the region. Learn more about how climate change will affect your city's extreme weather patterns here! 

Aftermath of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire in Boulder County's rural-urban interface. Photo Credit: Boulder County
Flooding on I-10 in Phoenix in Sept 2014 Monsoon. Photo Credit: ABC NEWS
City Framework
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City Framework for Goal Tracking - with [...]
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