James L. Buizer
Deputy Director for Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment
Professor of Climate Adaptation, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Program Director, IRAP
Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment
(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. 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 five-year (2013-2018) NOAA and USAID 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 on the UA President’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability. Externally, he serves as chairman of the board of directors at the National Council for Science and the Environment, vice chairman of the board of directors at Second Nature, Inc., and chairman of the senior advisoryboard 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 board of directors of the Foundation for Earth Science, 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: 

Hall, J. A., M. Blair, J. L. Buizer, D. I. Gustafson, B. Holland, S. C. Moser, and A. M. Waple, 2014: Ch. 30: Sustained Assess¬ment: 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.

Buizer, J.L., et al, 2010: America’s Climate Choices: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council of the National Academies, The National Academies Press, D.C.

Buizer, J., K. Jacobs and D. Cash, 2010: Making short-term climate forecasts useful: Linking science and action. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jacobs, K., L. Lebel, J. Buizer, L. Addams, P. Matson, E. McCullough, P. Garden, G. Saliba, and T. Finan, 2010: Linking Knowledge with Action in the Pursuit of Sustainable Water Resources Management. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.

Jacobs, K., J. Buizer, M. Roy, N. Beller-Simms, eds., 2009: Planning Integrated Research for Decision Support for Climate Adaptation and Water Management: A Focus on Desert and Coastal Cities. Arizona State University.

Garfin, G., K. Jacobs and J. Buizer, 2009: Climate Change Adaptation Lessons from the Land of Dry Heat. Webb, R.M.T., and Semmens, D.J., eds. Planning for an uncertain future—Monitoring, integration, and adaptation. Proceedings of the Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigation Report 2009-5049, 292 p.

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

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