Gregg Garfin

Former Host Institution Director (2017-2022)
University of Arizona

Gregg Garfin works to bridge the science-society interface through dialogues between scientists and decision makers and collaborative climate and environment research projects. His research focuses on adaptation to a changing climate, climate variability, and drought. He served as co-lead author for the Southwest chapter in the Fourth National Climate Assessment (2018). He was co-editor of Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, a 2016 book on the development and practice of use-inspired science and the co-production of science and policy. His recent projects include development of a partnership to address the public health risks of extreme heat in the U.S.-Mexico border region, an assessment of National Park Service cultural resource vulnerability to climate extremes, and an investigation of best practices for assessing the costs of floods in North America.

Gregg also holds many other campus affiliations, including: Director, Water, Society & Policy M.S. program; Affiliated faculty, School of Geography and Development; Affiliated faculty, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research; Affiliated Faculty, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; University of Arizona representative to the Global Council for Science and the Environment.

Fields of Expertise

  • Climate Impact
  • Climate Adaptation
In The News
The Southwest’s Drought and Fires Are a Window to Our Climate Change Future May 11, 2022 ProPublica
Thousands flee New Mexico wildfire as blaze breaches containment lines May 2, 2022 The Guardian
Ongoing drought complicates county groundwater issues April 29, 2022 Herald/Review
Hotter summers, bigger fires, less water: How Arizona is adapting to new climate norms February 28, 2022 AZ Central
Local Opinion: Is the Department of Defense ready for climate change? November 14, 2021
Climate change in Tucson: What you need to know November 4, 2021 KGUN9
Monsoon rains improve drought, but long term drought continues September 16, 2021 KGUN9
New UArizona-led research identifies climate change challenges faced by U.S. Department of Defense facilities July 29, 2021 PVBuzz Media
Climate Change Explained April 21, 2021 Arizona PBS