USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station

Sonoran Desert Research Station

Sonoran Desert Research Station


The Sonoran Desert, home of the giant saguaro cactus, stretches from the lowlands of Arizona into northern Mexico. Within it are some of the fastest-growing municipalities in both countries. This exceptional urban growth and increasing recreational use are causing excessive pressure on the region’s natural resources and sensitive species.

The Sonoran Desert Research Station was started at the University of Arizona (UA) in 1973. The station collaborates with the Advanced Resources Technology (ART) Group in the School of Natural Resources (SNR) to gather, manage, and provide natural resource data to land managers throughout the desert region. The station maintains a node on a number of national geographic information system data serving systems such as the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Geographic Data Clearinghouse.

  Street Address:
USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station
1110 E. South Campus Dr. Room 123
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: (520) 621-1174
Fax: (520) 670-5001

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