Gigi Owen
Assistant Staff Scientist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest
(520) 626-2362

Gigi joined the CLIMAS staff in July 2008 as the program's social scientist. Her research interests, while topically and geographically varied, center on connections and interactions between humans and their environments. Current research includes evaluating the CLIMAS program and how to deliver more effective regional climate services. Currently, Gigi is also working towards a Ph.D. in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation will focus on people's access to food, water, and energy in Tucson, AZ and how regional climate variability and change may affect access to these goods and services. Prior to working with CLIMAS, Gigi worked with the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology as an outreach coordinator for community-based, participatory projects in Nogales, Sonora and Arizona, regarding air quality and alternative environmental technologies.

Selected Citations: 

Werner, K., K. Averyt, G. Owen. 2013. River forecast application for water management: oil and water? Weather, Climate, and Society 5: 244-253.

Owen, G., J. McLeod, C. Kolden, D. Ferguson, T. 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. 

Morehouse, B., D. Ferguson, G. Owen, A. Browning-Aiken, P. Wong-Gonzalez, N. Piñeda, R. Varady. 2008. Science and socio-economic resilience: examples from the Arizona-Sonora border. Environmental Science and Policy 11(3): 272-284.

Research Themes: 
Food security
Urban development
Urban Environment
Climate change impacts

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