University of Arizona expertise, specialized facilities, data modeling capabilities, and place-driven research make Arizona the best lab in the world to study the nexus of food, water, and energy. We conduct experiments today that will uncover what the Earth—and beyond—will look like tomorrow and how we can become more resilient along the way.
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An ecological laboratory like no other, the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 allows researchers to advance our understanding of ecosystems, their natural processes, and how human activity impacts them. The unique facility includes five biomes, including a 700,000-gallon ocean and rainforest, where researchers conduct experiments and create solutions to the challenges presented by global climate change.
The Center for Quantum Networks brings together 150 researchers across 10 American universities and 12 corporate partners to take on one of the great engineering challenges of the 21st century: laying the technical and social foundations of the quantum Internet. CQN operates one of the most advanced quantum network demonstrations in the world on the University of Arizona campus, connecting 10 laboratories in six buildings with a combination of optical fibers and free-space optics between rooftops.
As a rapidly drying climate threatens food and agriculture systems around the globe, the University of Arizona is identifying the most innovative solutions to produce more food using less water. Drawing from experts across the University, and from the agriculture, food production, and water industries throughout the state and beyond, we are taking concrete steps to make Arizona a global leader in creating and applying transformational technologies and climate-resilient sustainable agricultural and food production practices.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful telescope ever launched into space. It follows in the footsteps of the Hubble Space Telescope as the next great space science observatory, designed to answer outstanding questions about the Universe and to make breakthrough discoveries in all fields of astronomy. The University of Arizona is the only university to have participated in four major NASA infrared astronomy space projects, the latest being the Webb.
The University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree Ring Research is one of the preeminent centers of dendrochronology worldwide, using the information stored in the annual rings of trees to understand and quantify interactions among our climate, ecosystems, and societies. The LTRR excels in developing and advancing novel approaches to solve scientific questions of societal relevance.
Home to numerous NASA missions, including OSIRIS-REx and the Phoenix Mars Lander, the University of Arizona’s Lunar & Planetary Laboratory has supported a diverse mix of planetary science research since the 1960s and played a pivotal role in solidifying UArizona’s position as a national leader in space science, ranking first among all public universities for space-related research and development expenditures for the 33rd year in a row.
The University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory manufactures giant, lightweight mirrors that support leading-edge astronomical discoveries. The lab cast all seven mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will produce images up to 10 times sharper than those of the Hubble Space Telescope, enabling astronomers to study the depths of the universe with more clarity and sensitivity than ever before.
The $30M University of Arizona-led National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, New Frontiers of Sound, brings together researchers from many partner institutions using topological acoustics to see and exploit properties of sound that were not previously visible. Having such a precise level of control over soundwaves could revolutionize areas including computing, telecommunications, and sensing. Applications include quantum-like computing speeds, improved battery life for electronics, and sensing changes in aging infrastructure or the natural environment due to climate change.
The University of Arizona-led NASA mission OSIRIS-REx marked a historic success for the United States when it successfully returned a sample of rubble from the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu in September of this year. NASA has now extended the mission, dubbed OSIRIS-APEX, to study Apophis, another near-Earth asteroid slated to have a close encounter with Earth in 2029.
The University of Arizona-led NASA mission, Phoenix Mars Lander, successfully studied the history of water on Mars and the planet’s local habitability. Remaining operational months after accomplishing its goals, the lander was the first NASA mission to Mars led by a public university.
The University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-based radio and optical observing. Among these are the largest aperture optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, and the Near InfraRed Camera (NIRCam), developed by UArizona astronomers to enable NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to capture unprecedented images of the earliest stars and galaxies in the process of formation.
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These links provide a deeper look into ways the University of Arizona is a leader in areas critical to understanding and addressing climate change.
University of Arizona startups addressing energy and climate change Issues:
AlgaeCell: Photobioreactors used to produce a variety of cell cultures including algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, bacteria, viruses plant cells or tissues. The bioreactor has advantages over current technology by offering a low-cost and high-volume production mechanism for microorganism growth.
Auxilium Technology Group: Unlocking valuable mining resources using sustainable solutions and minimizing the negative environmental impacts.
CarbeniumTec: Organic-based redox flow battery technology for large scale, long duration energy storage.
Clean Earth Tech: Biocompatible material for dust control.
Clean Resources: 3-ingredient concrete replacement using waste fly-ash. Product is lighter, stronger, and less expensive to produce than concrete.
Fontana Systems: Leverages energy cost data, utility rates and future weather probabilities to put homeowners in control of heating and cooling usage and costs with patented behavioral learning algorithm.
GenetiRate: Improved aquaculture with technology that selects fish and shellfish that grow more quickly and have improved feed efficiency.
MetOxs Electrochemicals: Using molten salts to extract metal and store energy involved in refining and smelting.
Metropia: High-performance and mobile computing technologies to help commuters and cities function more efficiently.
SolarSpace: The next generation of concentrated solar power technology.
Future forests will have smaller trees and soak up less carbon, study suggests
By combining tree-ring data with U.S. Forest Service data, UArizona researchers have captured a more complete picture of what will drive future tree growth amid climate change. They predict individual tree growth will decline by as much as 91%.
The last required piece of the world's largest telescope takes shape at UArizona
The Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory will start fabrication in the final stage to complete the Giant Magellan Telescope. It marks a milestone in the search for other, potentially Earth-like planets and the exploration of the universe.
Marketing materials designed to showcase University of Arizona strengths
Biosphere 2's 5-year Strategic Plan is built on five pillars:
- Sustainability Research
- Resilience Solutions
- Tomorrow’s Leaders
- International Networks
- Arid Lands
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The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 Industry Affiliates Program offers unique collaboration opportunities for both the UArizona and its industry partners, including the potential for research testbeds for rapidly advancing prototype and product development.
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The Biosphere 2 Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Summer Program allows students to gain experience in research firsthand, training and preparation for careers in science, and opportunities to communicate science to diverse audiences.
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