Photo credit: Ari Sahagún/Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network

The Southwest Practitioners Adaptation Network (SPAN) is a network of networks that builds capacity for actionable climate adaptation solutions and SPANs the boundaries between science and decision-making. By connecting and leveraging existing networks, SPAN links climate adaptation and assessment practitioners with resources, support, and knowledge to build stronger partnerships across the Southwest.

The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) at the University of Arizona hosts and leads SPAN with support from the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) and US Geological Survey. SPAN is also excited to be part of the first cohort of recipients of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) Hubs Microgrant Program. One of the main goals of the Hubs Microgrant Program is to activate grassroots engagement across the ASAP network. You can learn more about all of the projects here

In April 2021, SPAN launched its new website and member portal. SPAN organizers are now hard at work building and expanding the network. Near-term activities include hosting member networking events and working group meetings as well as adding additional functionality to the network map and member portal based on user feedback. SPAN is also partnering with ASAP to host Adaptation in the Southwest: An ASAP + SPAN Networking Social on July 29! Learn more below and register to attend.

How to Get Involved with SPAN

SPAN is a growing community of climate adaptation and assessment professionals (practitioners, researchers, managers, etc.) who live and/or work in the Southwest region, which includes Tribal lands, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Our members’ work also extends into Mexico and beyond.

Signing up as a member of SPAN is free and easy! Start by filling out the brief registration form. Once approved, you will have access to the member portal and can upload a photo, finish filling out your network profile, and start browsing other members. The more you use the portal, the better your experience will get. 

Want to learn more about joining SPAN? Reach out to Amanda Leinberger

Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce the upcoming event Adaptation in the Southwest: An ASAP + SPAN Networking Social on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 3-4:30 pm PT. This event will be geared toward adaptation professionals working and/or living in the Southwest but anyone interested is welcome to join. Learn more and register to attend here

SPAN also hosts “get to know your network” coffee chats the second Monday of every month. The next SPAN coffee chat will take place on July 12, 2021 at 9 am PT. Learn more here. We look forward to connecting with you!

Questions about the event? Reach out to Amanda Leinberger