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
Associate Specialist and Associate Professor in Climate, Natural Resources and Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Water, Society, and Policy Seminar (RNR 696W) - Fall semesters
- 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)
- Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation (UA CCASS + DOI SW Climate Science Center)
- Rio Grande|Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook - November 2016
- Paper by Alison Meadow and colleagues - Applying the National Research Council's principles for effective decision support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's watch office.
- Paper by Toby Ault and colleagues - Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in the American Southwest
- John Fleck's new book "Water is for Fighting Over, and Other Myths about Water in the West"
- National Integrated Heat Health Information System initiative
- Climate in Context - an edited book about the co-production of science and policy, boundary organizations, science-policy, use-inspired science - individual chapters available for purchase, as well as print book, e-book
- New initiative on Translational Ecology, from the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center.
- Arizona Governor’s Drought Task Force Monitoring Technical Committee (Chair, 2004-2008; Member, current).
City of Tucson Climate Change Advisory Committee (Co-chair, current).
Journal of Extension (Reviewer, current)
North American Climate Services Partnership, Rio Grande Pilot Project co-chair
- University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies (Faculty Advisory Board)
- University of Arizona Water, Society & Policy M.S. Degree Program
- waterWRLD Internship Program
- Garfin, G.M., C.A. Scott, M. Wilder, R. Varady, and R. Merideth. 2016. Metrics for assessing adaptive capacity and water security: common challenges, diverging contexts, emerging consensus. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21 - NEW
- Garfin, G.M., M. Wilder, and R. Merideth (eds.). 2016. Special Issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Volume 21 - Environmental change assessments) Topic: Metrics of Adaptive Capacity and Water Security. - NEW
- Varady, R.G., A.A. Zuniga-Teran, G.M. Garfin, F. Martin, S. Vicuna. 2016. Adaptive management and water security in a global context: definitions, concepts, and examples. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21: 70-77. - NEW
- Star, J., E.L. Rowland, M.E. Black, C.A.F. Enquist, G. Garfin, Hawkins C. Hoffmann, H. Hartmann, K.L. Jacobs, R.H. Moss, and A.M. Waple. 2016. Supporting adaptation decisions through scenario planning: enabling the effective use of multiple methods. Climate Risk Management 13: 88-94. - NEW
- 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)
Apel, M., A. Mostafa, B. Brandau, and G. Garfin. 2013. Externships in Sustainability Program as an Outreach Tool for Extension. Journal Of Extension 51(2):2TOT7.
G. Garfin, P. Romero Lankao, and R. Varady, 2013. Editorial: Rethinking integrated assessments and management projects in the Americas. Environmental Science & Policy 26:1-5. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901111002000
Special issue of Environmental Science & Policy, v. 26, pp. 1-112, edited by G. Garfin, P. Romero Lankao, and R. Varady.
Varady, R.G., C.A. Scott, M. Wilder, B. Morehouse, N. Pineda Pablos, G.M. Garfin, 2012. Transboundary adaptive management to reduce climate- change vulnerability in the western U.S.–Mexico border region. Environmental Science and Policy, 26, 102-112.
Cross, M., P. McCarthy, G. Garfin, D. Gori, and C. Enquist, 2013. Accelerating climate change adaptation for natural resources in southwestern United States. Conservation Biology 27, 4-18.
Garfin, G., 2012. Desert Water: Paradoxes and Trade-Offs. In. E. McMahon, A. Monson, and B. Weinstein (eds.), Ground|Water, The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry, pp. 30-35. (Distributed by University of Arizona Press).
Scott, C.A., F.J. Meza, R.G. Varady, H. Tiessen, J. McEvoy, G.M. Garfin, L.M. Farfan, M. Wilder, and N. Pineda-Pablos. 2013. Water Security and Adaptive Management in the Arid Americas. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103, 280-289.
Garfin, G.M., 2012. Climate change challenges and solutions for water managers. In S.B. Megdal, R.G. Varady, S. Eden (eds.) Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. CRC Press.
Wilder, M., C.A. Scott, N. Pineda-Pablos, R.G. Varady, and G.M. Garfin (eds.), 2012. Moving Forward from Vulnerability to Adaptation: Climate Change, Drought, and Water Demand in the Urbanizing Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. (Avanzando desde la Vulnerabilidad hacia la Adaptación: El Cambio Climático, la Sequía, y la Demanda del Agua en Áreas Urbanas del Suroeste de los EEUU y el Norte de México.) Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona, 170 p.
Garfin, G., L. Norby, L. Graumlich, and T. Watkins, 2011. The George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program: Promoting innovative park science for resource management. Park Science 28(2):47-51.
Garfin, G., H. Hartmann, M. Crescioni-Benitez, T. Ely, J. Keck, J.W. Kendrick, K. Legg, and J. Wise, 2011. Climate-Friendly Park Employees: The Intermountain Region’s climate change training assessment. Park Science 28(1): 30-36.
Garfin, G., N. Lee, V. Magana, R. Stewart, T. Rolfe, and J. McEvoy, 2011.International Workshop for CHANGE: Climate and Hydrology Academic Network for Governance and the Environment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society92(8):1045-1048. doi:10.1175/2010BAMS2927.1
O’Connor, C.D., G.M. Garfin, D.A. Falk, T.W. Swetnam, 2011. Human Pyrogeography: A New Synergy of Fire, Climate and People is Reshaping Ecosystems across the Globe. Geography Compass 5(6): 329–350. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00428.x
Cole, K., K. Ironside, J. Eischeid, G. Garfin, P. Duffy, C. Toney, 2011. Past and ongoing shifts in Joshua tree support future modeled range contraction.Ecological Applications 21(1): 137-149. e-View. doi: 10.1890/09-1800
Wilder, M., Scott, C.A., Pineda Pablos, N., Varady, R.G., Garfin, G.M., McEvoy, J., 2010. Adapting Across Boundaries: Climate Change, Social Learning, and Resilience in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(4):917-928. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2010.500235.
Garfin, G.,J. Eischeid, M. Lenart, K. Cole, K. Ironside, and N. Cobb, 2010. Downscaling Climate Projections in Topographically Diverse Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau in the Arid Southwestern United States.The Colorado Plateau IV: (Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference on Colorado Plateau Research, October, 2007). Charles Van Riper III, B. F. Wakeling and T.D. Sisk (eds.), University of Arizona Press, pp. 21-44.
Jacobs, K., Garfin, G., Buizer, J., 2010. New Techniques at the Science-Policy Interface: Climate Change Adaptation in the Water Sector. Science and Policy 36(10):791-798. DOI: 10.3152/030234209X481969.
- Developing an Integrated Heat-Health Information System for Long-Term Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes in the El Paso-Juárez-Las Cruces Region. Funding Agency: NOAA.
- Collaboration Project in Adaptation/Resilience Climate Extremes. Funding Agency: City of Las Vegas/Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
- Planning for the Future of the Great Basin. Funding Phase 1: BLM. Funding Phase 2: NOAA.
Capability for Ongoing Climate Assessment in the Colorado River Basin. Funding: NOAA Climate Program Office.
Adaptation to Seasonal to Multi-Decade Change in the Lower Rio Grande Basin. Funding: NOAA.
2013 Extension Sustainability Summit: Outcomes Report.
Managing Demand and Rethinking Supply: Adaptation, Conservation, and Planning in the Drought-prone Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico. Funding Agency: NOAA Climate and Society Interactions-Water.
Climate Change Needs Assessment for the Intermountain Region. Funding Agency: National Park Service.
- Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States - a report
- National Climate Assessment
- eXtension Climate, Forests and Woodlands Community of Practice
- CIRMOUNT (Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains)
- CLIMAS - Climate Assessment for the Southwest RISA
- Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona
- Southwest Climate Science Center (Department of Interior)
- USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub
- UA Cooperative Extension's Climate Science Applications Program - Mike Crimmins
- Southwest Climate Change Network
- Climate Change Training Needs Assessment - Intermountain Region, National Park Service
- Western Regional Climate Center - key source of climate data for the Southwest