James Arnott

Doctoral Track: 
Resource Policy and Behavior (RPB)
Entering year: 

BA, Principia College (political science & economics), 2009

James Arnott's focus is on science-policy interaction and climate change adaptation. 


What factors improve and accelerate the use of science in support of responding to the challenges posed by global change? Arnott's research is focused on the interface between science and policy with a special focus on adaptation to climate change. In light of the "great acceleration" of physical, ecological, and social trends that threaten civilization and the life-sustaining systems of our planet, he believes we need to accelerate in equal measure the capacity to harness scientific knowledge for the achievement of sustainability. His works on this topic by collaborating on interdisciplinary teams of scientists working to develop scientific tools and insights that can be utilized in decision-making as well as engaging with decision-makers, resources managers, and other stakeholders in order to learn from their experiences what types of knowledge can be more readily utilized for the many types of decisions needed to formulate effective responses to trends such as climate change.  

Select publications: 

Arnott, J.C., E. Osenga, J. Cundiff, & J. Katzenberger. 2015. Engaging Stakeholders on Forest Health: A Model for Integrating Climatic, Ecological, and Societal Indicators at the Watershed ScaleJournal of Forestry: September 2015 (Published online June 11, 2015).

Rockstrom, J., G. Brasseur, B. Hoskins, W. Lucht, J. Schellnhuber, N. Nakicenovic, P. Gong, P. Schlosser, M. Mañez, A. Humble, N. Eyre, P. Gleick, R. James, A. Lucena, O. Masera, M. Moench, R. Schaeffer, S. Seitzinger, S. Van Der Leeuw, B. Ward, N. Stern, J. Hurrell, L. Srivastava, J. Morgan, C. Nobre, Y. Sokona, E. Roth, D. Liverman, & J.C. Arnott. 2015. Climate Change: The Necessary, the Possible and the Desirable: Earth League Climate Statement on the Implications for Climate Policy from the 5th IPCC AssessmentEarth's Future: 606–611. doi:10.1002/2014EF000280.

R. H. Moss, 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 ScienceScience 342(8 November 2013), 696–698.

Williams, M. M. & J. C. Arnott (2010). A Comparison of Variable Economic Costs Associated With Two Proposed Biochar Application MethodsAnn. of Env. Sci. 4, 23.

Arnott, J.C., J. Katzenberger, & E. Osenga. 2014 Climate change & Aspen: An assessment to support stakeholder engagement and resiliency planning. A report by the Aspen Global Change Institute prepared for the City of Aspen. December, 2014.