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Patricia Gober is the founding co-director of the National Science Foundation's Decision Center for a Desert City which studies water management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in Greater Phoenix. She is a past president of the Association of American Geographers, former member of the Population Reference Bureau's Board of Trustees and the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, and former chair of the College Board's Advanced Placement Human Geography Committee. She also served on the National Research Council's Committee on Geographical Sciences. Her most recent book, "Metropolitan Phoenix: Place Making and Community Building in the Desert," was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2006. She holds an honorary doctorate of science from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was awarded the Prince Sultan Abdulaziz International Price for Water in 2008. She received the ASU's Faculty Research Achievement Award in 2009 and the AAG's Presidential Achievement Award in 2011.
Water resources management, decision making under uncertainty, urban climate adaptation
K. L. Larson, Dave D. White, Patricia Gober, and Amber Wutich (2015) Decision making under uncertainty for water sustainability and urban climate change adaptation. Sustainability http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/7/11/14761.
Howard S. Wheater and Patricia Gober (2015) Water Security and the science agenda. Water Resources Research, 51(7): 5406-5424.
Patricia Gober and Howard S. Wheater (2015) Debates-Perspectives on Socio-Hydrology: Modeling flood risk as a public policy problem. Water Resources Research, 51 (6): 4782-4788.
Chuang, Wen-Ching, and Patricia Gober (2015) Predicting Hospitalization for Heat-Related Illness at the Census Tract Level: Accuracy of a Generic Heat Vulnerability Index in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). Environmental Health Perspectives, 123(6): 606-612.
Seung-Jae Lee, Heejun Chang, and Patricia Gober (2015) Space and Time Dynamics of Urban Water Demand in Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 20(4): 1135-1147.
Patricia Gober, Graham E. Strickert, Douglas A. Clark, Kwok P. Chun, Diana Payton, and Kristin Bruce (2015) Divergent perspectives on water security: Bridging the policy debate.The Professional Geographer 67(1): 62-71.
Elmira Hassanzadeh, Amin Elshorbagy, Howard S. Wheater, and Patricia Gober (2014) Managing water in complex systems: An integrated water resources model for Saskatchewan, Canada. Environmental Modelling & Software, 58: 12-26.
Patricia Gober and Howard S. Wheater (2014) Socio-hydrology and the science-policy interface: A case study of the Saskatchewan River Basin. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 18: 1423-1422.
John B. Braden, Daniel G. Brown, Jeff Dozier, Patricia Gober, Sara M. Hughes, David R. Maidment, Sandra L. Schneider, P. Wesley Schultz, James S. Shortle, Stephen K. Swallow, and Carol M. Werner. Social science in a water observing system. Water Resources Research (2009).
K. L. Larson, D. D. White, P. Gober, S. Harlan, and A. Wutich. Divergent perspectives on water resource sustainability in a public-policy-science context. Environmental Science and Policy (2009).
Jonathan Fink and Patricia Gober. Using stakeholder engagement and visualization to aid decision-making about water use in the Middle East. Transboundary National Resource Governance in Regions of Extreme Conditions (2009).
Andrew Ellis, Timothy Hawkins, Robert Balling, Patricia Gober. Estimating runoff levels for a semi-arid fluvial system in central Arizona. Climate Research (2008).
Lee Seung-Jae, Robert Balling, Patricia Gober. Baysian maximum entropy mapping and the soft data problem in urban climate research. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2008).
Patricia Gober. Climate adaptation and water resource management in Phoenix. Water Resources Impact (2008).
Patricia Gober. Professor. Water Resources Impact (2008).
Robert Balling, Patricia Gober, Nancy Jones. Sensitivity of residential water consumption to variations in weather and climate. Water Resources Research (2008).
Patricia Gober. Demography and sustainability of the urban Southwest. (2008).
Patricia Gober. Global warming aside, fresh water dwindling. (2008).
Brazel, Anthony, Gober, Patricia. Urban-scale climate change effects on water use. Southwest Hydrology (2007).
Elizabeth Wentz, Patricia Gober. Determinants of Small-Area Water Consumption for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Management (2007).
Patricia Gober. Pasteur's Quadrant and the Education of an Applied Geographer. Research in Geographic Education (2007).
Patricia Gober. Water, climate, and the future of Phoenix. Geographische Rundschau (2007).
Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Patricia Gober. Impact of Urban Heat Island on Residential Water Use in the city of Phoenix. Journal of American Planning Association (2007).
Michael Kuby, John Harner and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. (2007).
Michael Kuby, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. (2007).
Gober, Patricia. Census. Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2006).
Gober, Patricia. Census Tract. Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2006).
Gober, Patricia. Model. Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2006).
Gober, Patricia. Population Geography. Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2006).
Elisabeth Larson, Nancy Grimm, Patricia Gober, Charles Redman. The paradoxical ecology and management of water in the Phoenix, USA metropolitan area. Journal of Ecohydrology and Hydroecology (2006).
Gober, Patricia (Author) . Phoenix: The New American City. New American City: Artists Look Forward (2006).
Patricia Gober. Metropolitan Phoenix: Place Making and Community Building in the Desert. (2005).
Urban Geography in America: Paradigms and Personalities (2005).
Gober, Patricia (Author) . The Comparative Metropolitan Analysis Project. Urban Geography in America, 1950-2000 (2005).
Focus: Geography's Challenges for the 21st Century. (2004).
Kuby, Michael, Harner, John, Gober, Patricia. Human Geography in Action. (2003).
Elizabeth Wentz, Patricia Gober, Robert Balling, Thomas Day. Spatial Patterns and Determinants of Carbon Dioxide in an Urban Environment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2002).
Kevin McHugh, Patricia Gober, Daniel Borough. The Sun City Wars: Chapter 3. Urban Geography (2002).
Patricia Gober. Urban Geography in the 1970s: The Comparative Metropolitan Analaysis Project. Urban Geography (2002).
Thomas Day, Patricia Gober, Robert Balling, Elizabeth Wentz. Temporal Patterns in Near-Surface CO2 Concentrations Over Constrasting Vegetation Typo in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Agricultural and Forest Meterology (2002).
Gober, Patricia (Author) . Essential geography content for K-12. 2001 Yearbook of the Middle States Council for Social Studies (2001).
Gober, Patricia (Author) ,Rosenberg, Mark W (Author) . Looking back, looking around, looking forward: A woman's right to choose. Geographies of Women's Health (2001).
Graf, William (Author) ,Gober, Patricia (Author) ,Brazel, Anthony J (Author) . In memoriam: Melvin G. Marcus, 1929-1997. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2001).
Patricia Gober. Immigration and North American cities. Urban Geography (2000).
Patricia Gober. In search of synthesis. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2000).
2011 - AAG Presidential Achievement Award
2009 - Faculty Research Achievement Award, ASU Alumni Association
2009 - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2006-2008 - Prince Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, Water Resources Management and Protection (3rd Award)
2007 - President's Medal for Social Embeddedness, New American City: Artists Look Forward, Arizona State University
1998 - Honorary Doctorate of Science, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
1977 - Outstanding Young Alumni, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI