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Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach, Institute of the Environment
PhD, Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1998
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Gregg Garfin works to bridge the science-society interface in order to accelerate the transfer of University of Arizona environmental and climate science findings and techniques to resource managers, planners, policy makers, and other decision-makers in the region. This involves fostering dialogues between scientists and stakeholders, garnering stakeholder input to research agendas and activities, developing sustained interactions between University of Arizona environmental scientists, environmental professionals, decision-makers and the public, disseminating research results and products, and conducting workshops on topics of interest to Southwest decision-makers.
Dr. Garfin's research interests include climate change adaptation, climate variability and change, drought, decision support, and the effective delivery of science to decision makers. He is co-Convening Lead Author of Chapter 20: Southwest, in the Third National Climate Assessment.
He is Executive Editor of Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, a 120-author comprehensive examination of climate, impacts (e.g., to ecosystems, coasts, agriculture, cities), vulnerabilities, and choices for managing change.
He is a co-investigator with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) project, a NOAA-funded integrated assessment designed to identify and evaluate climate impacts on human and natural systems in the Southwest. He is also an associate of the UA's Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (see news here).