Seminar Abstract

Gregg Garfin

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Research update and progress report from the Climate Assessment for the Southwest RISA

The NOAA-funded Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) has entered its seventh year. The composition of the research team has changed, as have the challenges faced by CLIMAS and the NOAA RISA program. This presentation focuses chiefly on CLIMAS progress with regard to team and research integration, and transition of products/processes to operations. In particular, the talk will highlight a team-wide integrated project in the upper Little Colorado River Basin (ULCRB), where the CLIMAS team has embarked upon a multi-year effort to examine stakeholder vulnerability to climate variability and change. The ULCRB presents interesting challenges in terms of the interface between societal factors -- such as tensions between urban second home buyers/tourists, traditional Mormon ranching/resource extraction communities, and Native Americans -- and climate-related impacts, such as wildfire, forest health, and water quantity/quality. The presentation will also look at progress in CLIMAS climate vulnerability research, efforts to understand drought and improve drought planning, and work to improve fire management decision making.

Speaker Bio:

Gregg Garfin is project manager for the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) project, a NOAA-funded integrated assessment at the University of Arizona designed to identify and evaluate climate impacts on human and natural systems in the Southwest, and to identify climate services useful in assisting decision makers to cope with climate-related risks. As manager of the project, Dr. Garfin works to bridge the science-society interface and to facilitate knowledge exchange across that interface. Dr. Garfin is trained as a climatologist. His research interests include climate variability, and the impacts of climate on society. His recent research and outreach activities focus primarily on the following topics as they pertain to the Southwestern United States: drought, effective communication of climate history and forecasts to decision makers, relationships between climate and fire. Dr. Garfin is co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Drought Task Force drought monitoring technical committee. He is a contributor to the U.S. Drought Monitor. He is also a member of the integrated team for the development of a National Integrated Drought Information System.

B.S./M.S. - University of Massachusetts 1989/1992
Ph.D. - University of Arizona 1998