Pima County Man-Environment Observatory

The Pima County International Man-Environment Observatory was created on January 1st, 2014 by the French Institute of Ecology and Environment and the Institute of Human and Social Sciences of the CNRS. As with all Observatories, its mission is to structure and organise scientific research around a specific environment that is impacted by a major disrupting event causing strong environmental and socio-economic consequences. They encourage interdisciplinary research and create databases with the data collected. Pima County Observatory's website.

winners of the 2022-2023 call for proposals

  1. David Blanchon - Tipping point and sentinels: monitoring, interpreting and managing environmental changes in southern Arizona
  2. Larry Fisher - The State of the Cienega Watershed: Enhancing Adaptive Management Decision Making and Public Outreach in the Cienega Watershed
  3. Brigitte Juanals - Territory reconfiguration and media ecosystems in Pima County: tensions between industry, the environment and health (TEREM)
  4. Raina Maier - Identifying drought adapted, native metal hyperaccumulating plants, and optimizing their phytoextraction potential in the Santa Cruz River Valley region.
  5. Vincent Robin and Ben Wilder - Fire in the Sonora desert: a contribution to the assessment of the Human-Environments interactions in the Pima County Observatory (FiPiCOb) 
  6. Sebastien Roux - Hunting in Arizona, a controversial activity, between extraction and preservtion (HUNTAZ)
  7. Anne Sourdril - Soundscapes in southern Arizona where urbanization, mining activity and climate change meet: socio-ecological indicators, conservation issues and civic activism

recent publicationS

Dubertret, F.; Le Tourneau, F.-M.; Villarreal, M.L.; Norman, L.M. Monitoring Annual Land Use/Land Cover Change in the Tucson Metropolitan Area with Google Earth Engine (1986–2020). Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 2127. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14092127


Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran, Larry A. Fisher, Thomas Meixner, François-Michel Le Tourneau & Frank Postillion, SpringerStakeholder participation, indicators, assessment, and decision-making: applying adaptive management at the watershed scale, February 8, 2022.