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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



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.


Dave White selected as Southwest chapter lead author for National Climate Assessment

Dave White selected as Southwest chapter lead author for National Climate Assessment

White has been tapped by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to represent the Southwest region as chapter lead author for the Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment.

'Code-Red' megadrought is the Southwest's latest demand for collaborative innovation, says Dave White in Washington Post

'Code-Red' megadrought is the Southwest's latest demand for collaborative innovation, says Dave White in Washington Post

According to White, addressing the complex water issues facing the Southwest will require bold solutions that match the scale of the challenges — nothing less than a water “moonshot.” The Washington Post reaches a readership of nearly 20 million.

New paper: Modest water policy implementation could offset 30 percent of outdoor demand

New paper: Modest water policy implementation could offset 30 percent of outdoor demand

A new paper in Sustainability Science finds that the use of alternative water supplies, such as rainwater harvesting and greywater use, could offset up to 30 percent of total outdoor water demand for the Phoenix Metropolitan Area under modest implantation of these policies.