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Affiliation: 
University of Arizona
Title: 
Director, Climate Assessment for the Southwest
Department: 
Climate Assessment for the Southwest
Expertise: 
climate risk management; interface between environmental science and policy

Biography

Daniel Ferguson directs the Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS) program housed in The University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment. CLIMAS, one of NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) programs, brings together multiple academic disciplines with a variety of experts from outside the academy to help regional decision makers prepare for and respond to climatic events and climate changes. Dan’s research focuses on three related areas: climate impacts and adaptation strategies in Native American communities in the Southwestern US; methods and processes for building scientist/pracitioner partnerships to address climate-related issues in society; and communication of science. In addition to his research, Dan is actively involved in the Connecting Environmental Science and Decision Making (CESD) graduate degree certificate program at the University of Arizona and helps teach the core seminar for that program.