Alison Meadow

Research Scientist - Institute of the Environment


  • 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 knowledge.  Weather, 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:

  • Research Scientist, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, 2014-2017
  • Program Manager, Southwest Climate Science Center, 2012-2014
  • Graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks IGERT program in Resilience and Adaptation


  • Ph.D., Environmental Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009
  • M.S., Planning, University of Arizona, 2010
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving
Program Evaluation
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach
Tribal Adaptation and Science Support