Southwest Adaptation Forum

The inaugural Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF) will take place at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona from Monday, October 29 at 11:30 AM to Wednesday, October 31 at 12:30 PMThe event is by invitation only.

This event is co-hosted by the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, with a special focus on the Interior southwestern states of Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. SWAF is part of the regional adaptation forum network co-led by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and is associated with the biennial National Adaptation Forum

The goal of SWAF is to gather climate adaptation and assessment practitioners in the Southwest to share stories, obstacles, and best practices from their work and, together, build a network of partners dedicated to finding integrated, community-based adaptation solutions. Intended outcomes include (1) strengthening existing and building new relationships among partners in the region, (2) identifying gaps in our existing networks, and (3) generating synergy and momentum for future engagement among partners and stakeholder groups.



Participation in SWAF is by invitation only and space is limited. Please RSVP through our registration site by Friday, August 31:

SWAF Registration Site


Travel Assistance

We are doing our best to keep costs manageable for our participants, therefore there is no registration fee and we will be providing light meals. We encourage participants, if they are able to do so, to please cover their own travel and lodging costs.

To further engage our tribal partners and those working in our native communities, we have travel funds available for those who need assistance. We will work directly with this group of participants to make travel arrangements.

To help ensure maximum participation, we have limited funds available for those that might need assistance. These funds will be provided as reimbursements for costs associated with airfare, ground transportation, and/or lodging (per diem and mileage costs are not included).

Please email your request for travel assistance to Anita Govert ( by August 31, 2018. We will circle back to you by September 15 about the status of your request.



The closest hotels to our event are the following:

Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel

Aloft Tucson University Hotel

Additional and updated workshop information will be posted on this webpage. Please check periodically for new information, including updated agenda versions, maps, and restaurant recommendations:


Final Agenda



Amanda Leinberger at

Anita Govert at


The Co-Chairs of the SWAF Planning Committee:

Carolyn Enquist, Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Kathy Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions

Amanda Leinberger, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions

Anita Govert,  Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals 



11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2018 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30, 2018