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 the university director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, a USGS-affiliated, U.S. Department of the Interior center, that works with natural and cultural resource managers to develop and deliver scientific information and techniques to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate variability and change in the southwestern United States. 
I am an affiliate of 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.
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July 31, 2018 - Podcast on climate and public health work that I've been doing in collaboration with superb community partners. The show is also streaming on iHeart Radio, iTunes and the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program Series page.
Professional Titles:
Associate Specialist and Associate Professor in Climate, Natural Resources and Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University Director, Southwest Climate Science Center
Current Graduate Students + Visiting Student Scholars
  • 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
  • Adnan Ali (Water, Society & Policy) M.S.
  • Jessie Baxter (Water, Society & Policy) M.S.
  • Chris Freimund (SNRE) M.S. 
  • Hao Guo (Visiting Student Scholar, Beijing Normal University) Ph.D.
Former Graduate Students
  • Dr. Valerie Rountree, University of Redlands
Upcoming Talks, Events and Activities (updated July, 2018)
Interesting Recent Stuff - (updated July, 2018)
Synergistic Activities
Recent Publications (also see Google profile)

  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Leroy, S., G. Garfin, and M. Black. 2016. Anticipating Cascading Effects from Climate Extremes. EOS Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO048971.
  • Parris, A.S., Garfin, G.M., K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd./American Geophysical Union, 304 p. 

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