International Arid Lands Consortium

IALC Founding Member Institution

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Tucson, Arizona

Founded in 1885 as a land-grant institution, The University of Arizona has a strong and wide-ranging commitment to excellence in teaching, public service, and research. Departments such as Anthropology and Astronomy traditionally have been ranked among the best in the United States and a number of other units, such as Arid Lands Studies, Life Sciences, and Optical Sciences, recently have risen to national prominence.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has ranked The University of Arizona 23rd among all universities, and 15th among public research institutions in the nation. It has a student enrollment of more than 38,800, a faculty and staff of 11,842, about 2,856 graduate associates and assistants, and a 388-acre campus close to downtown Tucson. External support for research and development in 2008 was almost $359 million. The University of Arizona offers 110 Bachelor, 118 Master, 90 Ph.D. 3 Professional, and 4 Special degree programs. These programs are supported by top-quality library and computer facilities.


Arid Lands Expertise at The University of Arizona

Arizona, which includes parts of both the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, provides a natural setting for studying arid lands. The UA conducted the state's first arid lands research in the late 1800s at its Agricultural Experiment Station. Today, arid lands research at The University of Arizona covers diverse topics at both national and international levels and involves collaboration of researchers and faculty university-wide. Areas of special expertise include arid lands agriculture and environmental and climatic change through time.


Selected units conducting arid lands research at The University of Arizona include:

Areas of expertise at The University of Arizona include:

  • Development of arid lands plants as sources of energy and chemicals
  • Development of drought- and salt-tolerant crops
  • Farming systems research-extension
  • Flood forecasting
  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Irrigation systems
  • Remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Soil conservation
  • Water harvesting, conservation, and reuse

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