Dan Ferguson
Daniel Ferguson
Program Director, Climate Assessment for the Southwest
(520) 626-1779

Daniel Ferguson directs the Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS) program housed in The University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment. CLIMAS, one of NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs, has an explicit mission to connect climate science to decision making in the Southwest. Dan directs the day-to-day operations of the CLIMAS program, including outreach and assessment efforts with stakeholders throughout the region. In addition to his management responsibilities, Dan’s research focuses on three related areas: climate impacts and adaptation strategies in Native American communities in the Southwestern US; methods and processes for building scientist/pracitioner partnerships to address climate-related issues in society; and communication of science. Prior to his research appointment at the University of Arizona in 2005, Dan spent several years in Fairbanks, Alaska managing the science management offices for the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science program and the affiliated Human Dimensions of the Arctic System program.

Selected Citations: 

Ferguson, D.B., C.A. Woodhouse, and J.L. Rice. [In review]. Turning cacophony into symphony: Shrinking epistemic gaps between climate researchers and water resources practitioners.

Meadow, A.M., D. B. Ferguson, Z. Guido, A. Horangic, G. Owen, and T. Wall. [Submitted]. Moving Toward the Deliberate Co-Production of Climate Science Knowledge. 

Meadow, A.M., M. Crimmins, and D.B. Ferguson. 2013. Field of Dreams or Dream Team: Assessing Two Models of Drought Impact Reporting in the Semi-Arid Southwest. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. no. 94 (10):1507-1517. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00168.1.

Owen, G., J.D. McLeod, C.A. Kolden, D.B. Ferguson, and T. J. Brown. 2012. Wildfire Management and Forecasting Fire Potential: The Roles of Climate Information and Social Networks in the Southwest United States. Weather, Climate, and Society 4 (2):90-102.

Guido, Z., D. Hill, M. Crimmins, and D.B. Ferguson. 2012. Informing Decisions with a Climate Synthesis Product: Implications for Regional Climate Services. Weather, Climate, and Society 5 (1):83-92.

Ferguson, D.B., M.L. Finucane, V.W. Keener, and G. Owen. [In press]. Evaluation to Advance Science Policy: Lessons from Pacific RISA and CLIMAS. In Climate in Context, eds. A. Parris and G. Garfin. Wiley-Blackwell.

Ferguson, D.B., R. Thomas, Z. Guido, L. Ethen, C. Zucker, G. Chorover, and R. Johnson. 2014. Planning for Change in Southern Arizona: A report from the Southern Arizona Regional Climate Summit for Municipal Leaders. Tucson: Climate Assessment for the Southwest.

Ferguson, D. B., J. Rice, and C. Woodhouse. 2014. Linking Environmental Research and Practice: Lessons from the Integration of Climate Science and Water Management in the Western United States. Tucson, AZ: Climate Assessment for the Southwest. http://www.climas.arizona.edu/publication/report/linking-environmental-r...

Lackstrom, K., A. Brennan, D. Ferguson, M. Crimmins, L. Darby, K. Dow, K. Ingram, A. Meadow, H. Reges, M. Shafer, and K. Smith. 2013. The Missing Piece: Drought Impact Monitoring. Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments and Climate Assessment for the Southwest. www.climas.arizona.edu/publications/2852

Research Themes: 
Decision making
Climate assessment
Climate change
Climate variability
Human dimensions
Native nations
Science communication
Decision support
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making
Climate change impacts

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