The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Gregg Garfin

I work to bridge the science-society interface in order to accelerate the transfer of University of Arizona environmental and climate science findings and techniques to resource managers, planners, policy makers, and other decision-makers in the region. This involves fostering dialogues between scientists and stakeholders, garnering the input of partners to research agendas and activities, developing sustained interactions between University of Arizona environmental scientists, environmental professionals, decision-makers and the public, disseminating research results and products, and conducting workshops on topics of interest to Southwest decision-makers.
 
I am a co-investigator with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) project, a NOAA-funded integrated assessment designed to identify and evaluate climate impacts on human and natural systems in the Southwest.
 
ON SABBATICAL LEAVE - January - August 2017
 
 
 
Professional Titles:
Associate Specialist and Associate Professor in Climate, Natural Resources and Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
 
 
 
 
Classes
 
Graduate Students
  • Ladd Keith (Arid Lands) Ph.D. - Urban climate adaptation
  • Rachel Murray (Arid Lands) Ph.D. - Transboundary water policy and adaptation
  • Bokjin Roh (Geography) Ph.D. - Urban flooding and adaptation
  • Valerie Rountree (SNRE) Ph.D. - Stakeholder process and climate mitigation
  • Madeline Ryder (Water, Society & Policy) M.S. - Riparian watershed health
 
 
Upcoming Talks, Events and Activities (updated December 4, 2016)
  • XXXI Mexico Climate Outlook Forum, and VII Climate Services Workshop - November 29-December 1, 2016
  • Southwest Extension Climate Change Workshop: Incorporating Climate Information into Diverse Program Areas, December 6 – 8, 2016
  • American Geophysical Union - December 12-16, 2016
 
Interesting Recent Stuff - (updated December 4, 2016)
 
Synergistic Activities
 
Recent Publications
  • Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, D. Martin, M. Hammersley, A. Youberg, and R. Quay. 2016. Managing for Future Risks of Fire, Extreme Precipitation, and Post-fire Flooding. Report to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, from the project Enhancing Water Supply Reliability. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 33 p.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12750.05448 - NEW
  • Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, B. McMahan, M. Black, and B. Roh. 2016. Preparing for High Consequence, Low Probability Events: Heat, Water & Energy in the Southwest. Report to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, from the project Enhancing Water Supply Reliability. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 30 p.  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4823.3205 - NEW
  • Leroy, S., G. Garfin, and M. Black. 2016. Anticipating Cascading Effects from Climate Extremes. EOS Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO048971. - NEW
  • Garfin, G., T. Brown, T. Wordell, and E. Delgado. 2016. The Making of National Seasonal Wildfire Outlooks. Chapter 7. In A. Parris, G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd., pp. 143-172 - NEW
  • Carbone, G., J. Rhee, K. Dow, J. Fowler, G. Garfin, H. Hartmann, E. Lay, and A. DeGaetano. 2016. Challenges, Pitfalls, and Lessons Learned in Developing a Drought Decision-Support Tool. Chapter 8. In A. Parris, G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd., pp. 173-191 - NEW
  • Parris, A., S.L. Close, R. Meyer, K. Dow, and G. Garfin. (in press). Evolving the Practice of Regional Integrated Sciences and Assesments. Chapter 12. In A. Parris, G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd., pp. 255-262 - NEW
  • Garfin, G., M. Black, and E. Rowland. 2015. Advancing Scenario Planning for Climate Decision Making. EOS Trans. AGU, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO037933 
  • Wall, T., G. Garfin, J. Brugger, H. Hartmann, and T. Brown. 2015. Scenario Planning in the Great Basin Region: Considering Climate Change Impacts and Management Strategies for the Future. Reno, NV: Desert Research Institute, 23 p. 
  • Garfin, G. and J. Brugger. 2015. Training Climate Science Integrators. Southern Climate Monitor 5(6). 
  • Liverman, D., G. Garfin, S. Doster, K. Bao, F. Gladstone, J. A. Krosnick, B. MacInnis, and J. Overpeck. 2015. Arizona's Views on Climate Change. Executive Summary. Tucson: Institute of the Environment, 9 pp.
  • Garfin, G., 2014. Opportunities for transforming US CLIVAR basic research to actionable science for managing climate risk. US CLIVAR Variations 12(4):13-16.
    • US CLIVAR Variations Fall 2014 - focus on Progress and Prospects for Connecting Predictions, Applications and Decision Making. The issue, edited by yours truly, contains four articles on connecting climate science with decision making.
  • Garfin, G., H. Chang, and M. Switanek, 2014. Climate and hydrology of the Upper Gila River Basin. In Gori, D., M.S. Cooper, E.S. Soles, M. Stone, R. Morrison, T.F. Turner, D.L. Propst, G. Garfin, M. Switanek, H. Chang, S. Bassett, J. Haney, D. Lyons, M. Horner, C.N. Dahm, J.K. Frey, K. Kindscher, H.A. Walker, and M.T. Bogan. Gila River Flow Needs Assessment. A report by The Nature Conservancy. Santa Fe: The Nature Conservancy, pp. 40-79.
  • Garfin, G., 2014. The imperatives and challenge of addressing climate risk in Cooperative Extension communities: an opportunity or an obstacle to Extension work? Rural Connections 8(2):17-20.
  • Garfin, G., G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom, 2014. Ch. 20: Southwest. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment.  J.M. Melillo, T.C. Richmond, and G.W. Yohe (eds.), U.S. Global Change Research Program, 462-486.  doi:10.7930/J08G8HMN.
  • Liverman, D. and G. Garfin, 2013. A warning from the American Southwest: it's getting hotter. American Spectator (October 1, 2013). 
  • G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, S. LeRoy (eds.), 2013.Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States. Washington, DC: Island Press, 509 p. Also see: Southwest Assessment website (fact sheets, slide shows, graphics)
 
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