The University of Arizona

James Buizer | CCASS


A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

About Us

CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

James Buizer


  • Master in Marine Affairs, University of Washington, 1984
  • BS, Oceanography, University of Washington, 1982

Selected current programs/projects:

Selected citations:

  • Jacobs, K.L., J.L. Buizer, and S.C. Moser, 2016. The Third US National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement (in press).
  • Jacobs, K., and J.L. Buizer, 2016.  Foreword to Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation.  New York, Wiley
  • Rahman, T. and J. Buizer, 2016. Evaluating a Climate Information Service Program Using Survey and Experimental Data.  In Evaluating Climate Change for Sustainable Development. Edited by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, and Rob D. van den Berg, Springer Verlag GmbH, 2016.
  • Moser, S.C., J.M. Melillo, K.L. Jacobs, R.H. Moss, J.L. Buizer, 2015. Aspirations and Common Tensions: Larger Lessons from the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-015-1530-z
  • Jacobs, K.L. and J.L. Buizer, 2015. Building community, credibility and knowledge: the third U.S. National Climate Assessment. Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1445-8
  • Buizer, J.L., K. Dow, M.E. Black, K.L. Jacobs, A. Waple, R.H. Moss, S. Moser, A. Luers, D.I. Gustafson, R.C Richmond, S L Hays, C.B. Field, 2015. Building a sustained climate assessment process.  Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1501-4
  • Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process, National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. J. Buizer, P. Fleming, S.L. Hays, Dow, K., Field, C.B., Gustafson, D., Luers, A., Moss, R.H., (September 2013)

Employment highlights:

  • Led the formation of the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program at NOAA.
Areas of Expertise: 
Climate Assessment, Climate Communication, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving, International and Development, Organizational Change and Management, Program Evaluation, Public Policy and Governance, Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
Geographic Expertise: 
Asia, Latin America and Caribbean
Portuguese, Spanish