Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment. He has worked for the last 18 years to bridge the science-society interface through dialogues between scientists and decision makers and collaborative projects that require environmental and climate science findings, data, and information. His research focuses on climate variability and change, drought, and adaptation to a changing climate. Geographic interests include semi-arid regions, transboundary regions, and monsoon climates. At the University of Arizona, Gregg serves as Director of the Water, Society & Policy M.S. program, in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is an affiliated faculty member in the University of Arizona's School of Geography and Development, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. He also serves on the faculty advisory board for the University of Arizona's Center for Compassion Studies.
He is university director of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. He led a 120-author assessment on climate change and its impacts in the Southwest (http://swcarr.arizona.edu) and was co-convening lead author for the Southwest chapter in the 2014 Third National Climate Assessment. He is co-editor of Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, a 2016 book and e-book on the development and practice of use-inspired science and the co-production of science and policy, through NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program. He serves as Rio Grande Pilot Project co-chair in the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP). His recent NACSP projects include development of a partnership to address the public health risks of extreme heat in the Paso del Norte region, and a monthly binational/bilingual climate bulletin--the Rio Grande|Bravo Climate Impacts & Outlook. He is currently chapter lead for the Southwest chapter in the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Southwest Climate Science Center
- Scenario Planning for Climate Adapatation
- Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support Decisions
- CLIMAS - Climate Assessment for the Southwest
- Translational Ecology
Carrillo, C.M., C. L. Castro, G. Garfin, H-I Chang, M.S. Bukovsky, and L.O. Mearns. 2018. Pacific sea surface temperature related influences on North American monsoon precipitation within North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program models. International Journal of Climatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.5561
Enquist, C.A.F., S.T. Jackson, G.M. Garfin, F.W. Davis, L.R. Gerber, et al. 2017. Foundations of Translational Ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 541-550.
Wall, T.U., E. McNie, and G.M. Garfin. 2017. Use-inspired science: making science usable by and useful to decision makers. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 551-559.
Schwartz, M.W., J.K. Hiers, F.W. Davis, G.M. Garfin, S.T. Jacson, et al. 2017. Developing a translational ecology workforce. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 587-596.
Jackson, S.T., G.M. Garfin, and C.A.F. Enquist. 2017. Toward an effective practice of translational ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(10): 540.
Garfin, G., S. LeRoy, and H. Jones. 2017. Developing an Integrated Heat Health Information System for Long-Term Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes in the El Paso-Juárez-Las Cruces Region. Tucson, AZ: Institute of the Environment, 63 p. http://doi.org/10.7289/V5930R6Q
Garfin, G.M., C.A. Scott, M. Wilder, R. Varady, and R. Merideth. 2016. Metrics for assessing adaptive capacity and water security: common challenges, diverging contexts, emerging consensus. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21
Star, J., E.L. Rowland, M.E. Black, C.A.F. Enquist, G. Garfin, Hawkins C. Hoffmann, H. Hartmann, K.L. Jacobs, R.H. Moss, and A.M. Waple. 2016. Supporting adaptation decisions through scenario planning: enabling the effective use of multiple methods. Climate Risk Management 13: 88-94.
Leroy, S., G. Garfin, and M. Black. 2016. Anticipating Cascading Effects from Climate Extremes. EOS Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO048971.
Garfin, G., T. Brown, T. Wordell, and E. Delgado. 2016. The Making of National Seasonal Wildfire Outlooks. Chapter 7. In A. Parris, G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S. Close (eds.), Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. J. Wiley and Sons, Ltd., pp. 143-172
Garfin, G. and J. Brugger. 2015. Training Climate Science Integrators. Southern Climate Monitor 5(6).
Garfin, G. G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom. 2014. Chapter 20: Southwest. Pages 462-486 in T. C. R. J.M. Melillo, and G.W. Yohe, editor. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC. (http://globalchange.gov)
Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy. 2013. Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Island Press, Washington, DC. (http://swcarr.arizona.edu)
M. Cross, P. McCarthy, G. Garfin, D. Gori, and C. Enquist, 2013. Accelerating climate change adaptation for natural resources in southwestern United States. Conservation Biology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01954.x/pdf.
Garfin, G. M. 2012. Climate change challenges and solutions for water managers. Pages 187-202 in S. B. Megdal, R. G. Varady, and S. Eden, editors. Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Wilder, M., C. A. Scott, N. P. Pablos, R. G. Varady, G. M. Garfin, and J. McEvoy. 2010. Adapting Across Boundaries: Climate Change, Social Learning, and Resilience in the U.S.–Mexico Border Region. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100:917-928.