Gregg Garfin

About Gregg Garfin

Gregg Garfin works, as a climate extension specialist, 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.

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.
Associate Specialist and Associate Professor in Climate, Natural Resources and Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Adjunct Faculty, School of Geography and Development
Adjunct Faculty, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach, Institute of the Environment
Director, Water, Society & Policy M.S. Degree Program (SNRE)
Director, UA Art-Environment Network


  • Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study. Funding: Bureau of Reclamation. 2015-2017; Lead-PI: K. Chavez
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation on Southwestern DoD Facilities. Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. 2012-2016; Lead-PI: Rafe Sagarin
  • Scenario Planning for the Central Basin and Range. Funding: NOAA. 2014-2016; Lead-PI: T. Brown
  • Using Critical Thresholds to Customize Climate Projections of Extreme Events to User Needs and Support Decisions. Funding: NOAA. 2014-2016; Lead-PI; S. Petersen
  • Innovation Adoption and Dissemination for Western Adaptation Alliance. Funding: Urban Sustainability Directors Network. 2015; Lead-PI: T. Lawless
  • Enhancing Water Supply Reliability Through Improved Predictive Capacity and Response: Knowledge Exchange Component; Funding Agency: Bureau of Reclamation. 2012-2015; Lead-PI: K. Morino
  • Collaboration Project in Adaptation/Resilience Climate Extremes. Funding: City of Las Vegas/Urban Sustainability Directors Network. 2014-2015
  • BLM Scenario Planning – Developing, testing and evaluating scenario planning for Nevada BLM using the Rapid Ecoregional Assessments. Funding: Bureau of Land Management. 2013-2015; Lead-PI: T. Brown
  • Adaptation to Seasonal to Multi-Decade Change in the Lower Rio Grande Basin. Funding: NOAA. 2013-2014
  • Development of Climate Change Scenarios for Assessing Impacts of Climate Change on Riparian and Aquatic Species and Ecosystems of the Upper Gila River in New Mexico. Funding: NOAA Climate Program Office via CLIMAS. 2012-2014
  • Managing Demand and Rethinking Supply: Adaptation, Conservation, and Planning in the Drought-prone Southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico. Funding Agency: NOAA Climate and Society Interactions-Water; Lead-PI: M. Wilder. 2011-2014

Research Interests

climate services, climate variability and change, climate change adaptation, decision support, discussion support, drought, knowledge exchange, stakeholder engagement, U.S.-Mexico border, intersections between arts, humanities, and environment

Selected Publications

  • Black, M., Garfin, G., and E. Rowland. 2015 (Accepted). Climate Adaptation Scenario Planning: State of the Art. Workshop on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation Decision Making Tucson, Arizona, 31 March–1 April 2015. EOS.
  • Garfin, G. and J. Brugger. 2015. Training Climate Science Integrators. Southern Climate Monitor 5(6).
  • Liverman, D., G. Garfin, S. Doster, K. Bao, F. Gladstone, J. A. Krosnick, B. MacInnis, and J. Overpeck. 2015. Arizona's Views on Climate Change. Executive Summary. Tucson: Institute of the Environment, 9 pp.
  • Garfin, G., G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom, 2014. Ch. 20: Southwest. 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, 462-486. doi:10.7930/J08G8HMN.
  • Garfin, G., H. Chang, and M. Switanek, 2014. Climate and hydrology of the Upper Gila River Basin. In Gori, D., M.S. Cooper, E.S. Soles, M. Stone, R. Morrison, T.F. Turner, D.L. Propst, G. Garfin, M. Switanek, H. Chang, S. Bassett, J. Haney, D. Lyons, M. Horner, C.N. Dahm, J.K. Frey, K. Kindscher, H.A. Walker, and M.T. Bogan. Gila River Flow Needs Assessment. A report by The Nature Conservancy. Santa Fe: The Nature Conservancy, pp. 40-79.
  • Garfin, G., 2014. Opportunities for transforming US CLIVAR basic research to actionable science for managing climate risk. US CLIVAR Variations 12(4):13-16.
  • Garfin, G., 2014. The imperatives and challenge of addressing climate risk in Cooperative Extension communities: an opportunity or an obstacle to Extension work? Rural Connections 8(2):17-20.
  • Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy (eds.), 2013. Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Washington, DC: Island Press, 509 p.
  • M. Apel, A. Mostafa, B. Brandau, G. Garfin, 2013. Externships in Sustainability Program as an Outreach Tool for Extension. Journal of Extension 51(2): 2T0T7.
  • Garfin, G., P. Romero Lankao, and R. Varady, 2013. Editorial: Rethinking integrated assessments and management projects in the Americas. Environmental Science & Policy 26:1-5.
  • Varady, R.G., C.A. Scott, M. Wilder, B. Morehouse, N. Pineda Pablos, G.M. Garfin, 2013. Transboundary adaptive management to reduce climate-change vulnerability in the western U.S.–Mexico border region. Environmental Science and Policy 26:102-112.
  • Cross, M., P. McCarthy, G. Garfin, D. Gori, and C. Enquist, 2013. Accelerating climate change adaptation for natural resources in southwestern United States. Conservation Biology 27:4-18.
  • Garfin, G.M., 2012. Climate change challenges and solutions for water managers. In S.B. Megdal, R.G. Varady, S. Eden (eds.) Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. Leiden, The Netherlands : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 187-202.
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Contact Information

Gregg Garfin
Assoc. Professor and Assoc. Extension Specialist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Telephone: 520-626-4372


BS, 1989, Geology & Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
MS, 1992, Geology & Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
PhD, 1998, Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Courses Taught

Climate Change Adaptation: Perspectives at the Nexus of Science, Society and Resource Management. RNR 440/540, School of Natural Resources and the Environment