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

Daniel Ferguson is an Associate Research Scientist in The University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, Associate Research Professor in the UA School of Natural Resources and the Envrionment, and Director of Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program. 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’s research focuses on three related areas: methods and processes for building scientist/pracitioner partnerships to address climate-related issues in society; climate impacts and adaptation strategies in Native American communities; and community climate resilience planning in arid and semi-arid regions. In addition to his research, Dan is actively involved in the Connecting Environmental Science and Decision Making (CESD) graduate degree certificate program at the University of Arizona and helps teach the core seminar for that program.

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: 

Vano, J.A., D. Behar, P. Mote, D.B. Ferguson, and R. Pandya. 2017. Partnerships Drive Science to Action Across the AGU Community. Eos.

Ferguson, D.B., M.A. Crimmins, A. Masayesva, A.M. Meadow, J.L. Weiss, H. Faulstich. 2017. Drought Monitoring to Support Planning for the Hopi Tribe: Final Report from 2010-2016 Collaboration between the Hopi Department of Natural Resources and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest. Tucson, AZ: Climate Assessment for the Southwest.

Crimmins, M. A., D. B. Ferguson, A. M. Meadow, and J. L. Weiss. 2017. Discerning “flavors” of drought using climate extremes indices. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0270.1

Meadow, A.M., D.B. Ferguson. 2017. Our Climate is Doing What? Tailoring Information about Regional Climate to Support Local Adaptation Decision Making. Rural Connections.

Ferguson, D. B., A. Masayesva, A. M. Meadow, and M. A. Crimmins. 2016. Rain Gauges to Range Conditions: Collaborative Development of a Drought Information System to Support Local Decision-Making. Weather, Climate, and Society 8 (4):345-359. doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0060.1

Ferguson, D.B., M.L. Finucane, V.W. Keener, and G. Owen. 2016. Evaluation to Advance Science Policy: Lessons from Pacific RISA and CLIMAS. In Climate in Context, eds. A. Parris and G. Garfin, 215-234. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Meadow, A.M., D. B. Ferguson, Z. Guido, A. Horangic, G. Owen, and T. Wall. 2015. Moving Toward the Deliberate Co-Production of Climate Science Knowledge. Weather Climate and Society. 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00050.1

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.

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

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