James L. Buizer
James L. Buizer
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment
Deputy Director, Institute of the Environment
Research Scientist, Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program
Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change Faculty
(520) 626-4454
MMA, Marine Resource Economics and Science Policy, University of Washington

James (Jim) Buizer is professor of climate adaptation in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and director of the Climate Adaptation and International Development Program in the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, where he has been since 2011. He serves as Faculty Affiliate to the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Global Change and the Institute for Energy Solutions. His research focuses on mechanisms to incorporate scientifically based findings of projected impacts of climate variability and change into development decisions. Jim is co-principal investigator and codirector of the NOAA funded project, Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience.

From 2003-2011 Jim served as senior policy advisor to the president at Arizona State University, where he led the design and establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability and its degree-granting school. Prior to ASU, Jim was director of the Climate and Societal Interactions Division at NOAA in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for designing and leading interdisciplinary research and applications programs positioned at the climate and societal interface. These included the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, among others.

Jim serves as chairman of the board of directors at Second Nature, Inc., as immediate past chairman of the board of directors at the National Council for Science and the Environment, and chairman of the senior advisory board at the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia. He also serves on the board on global strategies of the American Meteorological Society, on the advisory board for Planet Forward at George Washington University, and as senior sustainability scientist at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability. His degrees are in oceanography and marine policy from the University of Washington.

Selected Citations: 

Furlow, J., J. Buizer, S. Mason, G. Brown. 2018.  Supporting Farmers Facing Drought: Lessons from a Climate Service in Jamaica (Chapter 18) in Resilience: The Science of Adaptation. Published by Elsevier Press.

Gerlak, A., Z. Guido, C. Vaughan, V. Rountree, C. Greene, D. Liverman, A. Trotman, R. Mahon, S. Cox, S. Mason, K. Jacobs, J. Buizer, C. Van Meerbeeck, and W. Baethgen, 2017:  Building a framework for process-oriented evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums. Early Online Release October 20, 2017. https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0029.1.  American Meteorological Society, Weather, Climate, and Society.  In press for 2018 Journal Publication. doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0029.1

Jacobs, K.L., J.L. Buizer and S.C. Moser, 2016. The Third US National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement, Climatic Change 135: 1. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1621-5

Jacobs, K., and J.L. Buizer, 2016.  Foreword to Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation.  New York, Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-47479-2.

Buizer, J., Jacobs, K., & Cash, D., 2016. Making short-term climate forecasts useful: Linking science and action, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900518107

Jacobs, K., L. Lebel, J. Buizer, L. Addams, P. Matson, E. McCullough, P. Garden, G. Saliba, and T. Finan, 2016.  Linking Knowledge with Action in the Pursuit of Sustainable Water Resources Management, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0813125107

Hart, D.L., J. L. Buizer, J. A. Foley, L. E. Gilbert, L.J. Graumlich, A. R. Kapuscinski, J. G. Kramer, M. A. Palmer, D. R. Peart, L. Silka, 2016.  Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives.  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene  doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000090.

Moser, S.C., J.M. Melillo, K.L. Jacobs, R.H. Moss, J.L. Buizer, 2015. Aspirations and Common Tensions: Larger Lessons from the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Climatic Change doi: 10.1007/s10584-015-1530-z

Jacobs, K.L. and J.L. Buizer, 2015. Building community, credibility and knowledge: the third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Climatic Change doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1445-8

Rahman, T., J. Buizer, and Z. Guido, 2015. Economic Valuation of Seasonal Forecast Information Service in Jamaica, 2014-2015.  A report prepared for Engility Corporation, Chantilly, VA, USA. Reviewed and accepted by USAID.

Buizer, J.L., K. Dow, M.E. Black, K.L. Jacobs, A. Waple, R.H. Moss, S. Moser, D.I. Gustafson, T.C. Richmond, S.L. Hays, C.B. Field, 2015.  Building a Sustained Climate Assessment Process. Climatic Change doi: 10.1007/s10584-015-1501-4

Hall, J. A., M. Blair, J. L. Buizer, D. I. Gustafson, B. Holland, S. C. Moser, and A. M. Waple, 2014: Ch. 30: Sustained Assessment: A New Vision for Future U.S. Assessments. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 719-726. doi:10.7930/J000001G.

Jacoby, H. D., A. C. Janetos, R. Birdsey, J. Buizer, K. Calvin, F. de la Chesnaye, D. Schimel, I. Sue Wing, R. Detchon, J. Edmonds, L. Russell, and J. West, 2014: Ch. 27: Mitigation. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 648-669. doi:10.7930/J0C8276J.

Buizer, J.L., P. Fleming, S.L. Hays, Dow, K., Field, C.B., Gustafson, D., Luers, A., Moss, R.H., 2013: Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process, National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee.

Wheeler, Q.D., S. Knapp, D. W. Stevenson, J. Stevenson, S. D. Blum, B. M. Boom, G. G. Borisy, J. L. Buizer, et al., 2012: Mapping the biosphere: exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversity in Systematics and Biodiversity. 10:1, 1-20

Wiek, A., S. Van Der Leeuw, J. Harlow, & J. Buizer, 2012: Sustainability Science: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Society: How much time do we have? Urgency and Rhetoric in Sustainability Science, in Sustainability Science Journal, Vol. 7, Sup. 1.

Jacobs, K., G. Garfin and J. Buizer 2009 The Science-Policy Interface: Experience of a workshop for climate change researchers and water managers. Science and Public Policy. 36(10), pp 791-798.

Research Themes: 
Business and Economics
Climate change impacts
Decision making
Natural resource management
Climate and Adaptation
Arid lands
Climate assessment
Climate change
Climate variability
Decision support
Global warming
Human dimensions
Natural resource management
Science communication
Stakeholder engagement
Climate change impacts
Energy conservation
Energy efficiency technologies
Food Systems and Security
International development
Governance, Law, and Policy
Climate change impacts
Decision making
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Decision support
Urban Environment
Climate change impacts
Decision making
Arid lands
Climate change impacts

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