James L Buizer

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Phone: (520) 626-4454

Email Address: buizer@arizona.edu

Deputy Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment

MMA, Marine Resource Economics and Science Policy, University of Washington

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Research Scientist, Office of Arid Lands Studies

James (Jim) Buizer's work focuses on climate adaptation, sustainability, and international development. He is leading a network of institutions dedicated to integrating research-based knowledge about climate impacts and options for adaptation into decisions, particularly aimed at sustainable development around the world. He is Principle Investigator for UA of the Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience Project, a five-year, coordinated effort with Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (http://irap.iri.columbia.edu/), funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (under its International Research and Applications Program), and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The goal of the project is to increase preparedness and resilience of communities in the face of climate variability and change. The project focuses on three broad sectors-- a) water resources management; b) disaster preparedness and hazard risk management related to extreme events and other changes; and c) coastal planning and management—with specific projects designed in collaboration with local and/or regional partners. The regional emphasis is in the Caribbean, West Africa, and Southeast Asia, with efforts in 2014–2015 principally focused in the Caribbean and South/Southeast Asia.  

Before joining the UA, Jim served as science policy advisor to the president at Arizona State University and led the design and establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability, where he continues to hold an appointment as senior sustainability scientist.

Prior to ASU, Jim spent 20 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including serving as director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Office in Washington, D.C., where he designed and led NOAA's integrated, multidisciplinary climate research and applications programs. Jim also led the U.S. Government review of the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jim serves on the executive secretariat of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment and on the boards of directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment and Second Nature, Inc. He is chairman of the Climate Adaptation Working Group for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and an advisory board member for Planet Forward.