The University of Arizona

Alison Meadow | 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.  

Alison Meadow

Degree:  Ph.D., Environmental Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009


  • Helping to develop a climate adaptation plan for and with the Tohono O'odham Nation
  • Evaluating the co-production of climate science knowledge in the SW CSC
  • Helping to develop a drought monitoring program for the Hopi Department of Natural Resources
  • Writing an ethnography of the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program focused on RISA’s role in experimenting with methods to produce science for decision making.
  • Tribal climate profiles

Selected publications:

  • Meadow, A.M., and D.B. Ferguson. 2017. Our Climate is Doing What? Tailoring Information about Regional Climate to Support Local Adaptation Decision Making. Rural Connections Spring.
  • Wall, T., A. Meadow, and A. Horangic. 2017. Developing Evaluation Indicators to Improve the Process of Co-producing Usable Climate Science. Weather, Climate, and Society 9 (1).
  • Chief, K., A. Meadow, K. White. 2016. Engaging Southwestern Tribes in sustainable water resources topics and management. Water, 8: 350.
  • Meadow, A.M., Z. Guido, M.A. Crimmins, and J. Mcleod. 2016. From principles to action: Applying the National Research Council’s Principles for Effective Decision Support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Watch Office. Climate Services 1:12-23.
  • Brugger, J., A. Meadow, and A. Horangic. 2015. Lessons from first generation climate science integrators. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Meadow, A., D. Ferguson, Z. Guido, A. Horangic, G. Owen, and T. Wall, 2015.  Moving toward the deliberate co-production of climate science knowledgeWeather, Climate, and Society 7(2):179–191.  doi:
  • Meadow, A., C. Meek, and S. McNeeley, 2009. Towards integrative planning for climate change impacts on rural-urban migration in interior Alaska: A role for anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives. Alaska Journal of Anthropology, 7(1).

Employment and education highlights:

  • Program Manager, Southwest Climate Science Center, 2012-2014
  • Graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks IGERT program in Resilience and Adaptation
Areas of Expertise: 
Drought, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving, Program Evaluation, Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach, Tribal Adaptation and Science Support
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