Diana Liverman

Regents' Professor - School of Geography, Development, and Environment
Director - School of Geography, Development, and Environment

Current Adaptation Programs/Projects

Past Adaptation Programs/Projects

Employment and Service Highlights

  • Elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020
  • Earth Commissioner, Future Earth
  • Review editor, IPCC 6th Assessment, Working Group 2
  • IPCC, Lead Author, Chapter 5 of Special Report on 1.5C
  • Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona, 2010-2017
  • Co-Chair, ICSU Transition Team for Future Earth, 2008-2013
  • Director, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, 2003-2010
  • Lead organizer, Climate Adaptation Futures, Second International Conference, Tucson, AZ, 2012
  • Scientific Advisory Committee for the InterAmerican Institute for Global Change, 1995-2004
  • Chair, NRC Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Committee, 1995-1999 (reports on Making Climate Forecasts Matter and People and Pixels)
  • NOAA Global Change Advisory Panel, 1993-2000

Selected Publications

  • Gladstone, F. Liverman, D. Sanchez, R. Morales E. 2020. NAFTA impacts on the border environment: A retrospective. Environmental Science and Policy, forthcoming.
  • Gerlak, A.K., Mason, S.J., Daly, M., Liverman, D., Guido, Z., Soares, M.B., Vaughan, C., Knudson, C., Greene, C., Buizer, J. and Jacobs, K., 2020. The Gnat and the Bull: Do Climate Outlook Forums Make a Difference? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0008.1
  • Megan Mills‐Novoa and Diana M Liverman. 2019. Nationally Determined Contributions: Material climate commitments and discursive positioning in the NDCs. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Changehttps://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.589
  • Roché Mahon, Christina Greene, Shelly-Ann Cox, Zack Guido, Andrea K Gerlak, Jodi-Ann Petrie, Adrian Trotman, Diana Liverman, Cédric J Van Meerbeeck, Wazita Scott, David Farrell. 2019.  Fit for purpose? Transforming National Meteorological and Hydrological Services into National Climate Service Centers. Climate Services 13: 14-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2019.01.002
  • Joyashree Roy, Petra Tschakert, Henri Waisman, Sharina Abdul Halim, Philip Antwi-Agyei, Purnamita Dasgupta, Bronwyn Hayward, Markku Kanninen, Diana Liverman, Chukwumerije Okereke, Patricia Fernanda Pinho , Keywan Riahi, Avelino G. Suarez Rodriguez. 2018. Chapter 5: Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities in Global Warming of 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. IPCC. 
  • Allen M. et. al. 2018. GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Summary for Policymakers. IPCC.
  • Steffen, Will, Johan Rockström, Katherine Richardson, Timothy M. Lenton, Carl Folke, Diana Liverman, Colin P. Summerhayes et al. "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, no. 33 (2018): 8252-8259.
  • Gay-Antaki, M., & Liverman, D. 2018. Climate for women in climate science: Women scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(9), 2060-2065.
  • Gerlak, A.K., Guido, Z., Vaughan, C., Rountree, V., Greene, C., Liverman, D., Trotman, A.R., Mahon, R., Cox, S.A., Mason, S.J. and Jacobs, K.L., 2017. Building a framework for process-oriented evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums. Weather, Climate, and Society, (2017)
  • Klinsky,Sonja, Timmons Roberts, Saleemul Huq, Chukwumerije Okereke, Peter Newell, Peter Dauvergne, Karen O’Brien, Heike Schroeder, Petra Tschakert, Jennifer Clapp, Margaret Keck, Frank Biermann, Diana Liverman, Joyeeta Gupta, Atiq Rahman, Dirk Messner, David Pellow, Steffen Bauer. 2017. Why equity is fundamental in climate change policy research, Global Environmental Change, 44: 170-173
  • Margaret Wilder, Diana Liverman, Laurel Bellante & Tracey Osborne (2016) Southwest climate gap: poverty and environmental justice in the US Southwest, Local Environment, 21:11, 1332-1353, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1116063
  • Canevari-Luzardo, Laura, Joan Bastide, Isabelle Choutet & Diana Liverman. 2015. Using partial participatory GIS in vulnerability and disaster risk reduction in Grenada, Climate and Development, 9(2): 95-109. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2015.1067593
  • Moss, R.H., G.A. Meehl, M. C. Lemos, J. B. Smith, J. R. Arnold, J. C. Arnott, D. Behar, G.P. Brasseur, S. B. Broomell, A.J. Busalacchi, S. Dessai, K. L. Ebi, J.A. Edmonds, J. Furlow, L. Goddard, H. C. Hartmann, J. W. Hurrell, J. W. Katzenberger, D.M. Liverman, P.W. Mote, S. C. Moser, A. Kumar, R.S. Pulwarty, E.A. Seyller, B.L. Turner II, W.M. Washington, T.J. Wilbanks, 2013. Hell and high water: Practice-relevant adaptation science. Science, 342-696-698. 8 Nov 2013.
  • National Research Council. Liverman, D., P. Raven, et al., 2010. Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change. National Academies Press, Washington DC. 300pp.


  • Ph.D., Geography, UCLA
  • M.S., Geography, University of Toronto
  • B.A., Geography, University College London
Geographic Area
Latin America and Caribbean
Language Area
Expertise Area
Climate Assessment
Climate Communication
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving
International and Development
Public Health
Supply Chain Impacts
Vulnerability Assessment