The long-term goal of the CDHC is to generate a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in hydrometeorology and climate that will also assist the transfer of hydrometeorology and climate knowledge to the local community, the State of Arizona, the nation, and the world. More specific objectives contributing to this goal include the following:

Interdisciplinary interaction: The CDHC facilitates interdisciplinary interactions among researchers at different UA units and from other institutions to promote innovation and generate synergy, and to coordinate multi-investigator joint proposals.

Cooperative institute and major projects: The CDHC continues to pursue a cooperative institute with federal agencies and major interdisciplinary projects. This type of funding involves a substantial research amount and becomes extremely competitive. Careful coordination and detailed planning ahead of time are the key for success.

Education coordination: The CDHC assisted in the establishment of a joint Hydrometeorology M.S. and Ph.D. Degree program - which is the first such graduate program in the U.S. This successful experience also led to the synergistic merger of the original two academic units (Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Department of Hydrology and Water Resources) into the new Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Through coordinated interdisciplinary research and distinguished leadership in hydrometeorology and climate, the CDHC also helps attract outstanding students and researchers to the UA.

Knowledge transfer assistance: Faculty members associated with the CDHC work with various entities at the UA (such as the Arizona Institute for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR) and Biosphere 2) to translate research findings in climate and hydrometeorology into syntheses useful for stakeholders. The CDHC also serves as a conduit to its members for conveying stakeholder needs directly to researchers, putting stakeholders in touch with individual researchers whose expertise matches their concerns, and otherwise making forefront climate and hydrometeorological science most useful for societal concerns. Several CDHC members have extensive experience in this area already.