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Erinanne Saffell

Erinanne Saffell

Arizona State Climatologist, State of Arizona


School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Arizona State Climatologist, State of Arizona
  • Senior Instructor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts ant Sciences


Erinanne Saffell is the Arizona State Climatologist. Her main research interests are extreme weather and climate events, including flood and drought, as well as impacts of the Urban Heat Island.

As Senior Lecturer with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, Saffell develops courses and upper-division seminars in Physical Geography, Meteorology, and Climatology, and directs K-12 outreach and training programs on these topics. Together with the National Weather Service and the Salt River Project, she established Arizona’s only middle-school weather camp. She is currently co-chair of the Arizona Drought Monitoring Technical Committee and serves on the American Meteorological Society Board of Outreach and Informal Education.


  • PhD, Geography, Arizona State University
  • MA, Geography, Arizona State University
  • BS, Geography, Arizona State University


Journal Articles


Ellis, A. W., E. M. Saffell and T. W. Hawkins. 2004. A method for defining monsoon onset and demise in the southwestern USA. International Journal of Climatology 24(2):247-265. DOI: 10.1002/joc.996. (link )

Hawkins, T. W., A. J. Brazel, W. L. Stefanov, W. Bigler and E. M. Saffell. 2004. The role of rural vulnerability in urban heat island determination for Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Applied Meterology and Climatology 43(3):476–486. DOI: 10.1175/1520-0450(2004)043<0476:TRORVI>2.0.CO;2. (link )


Saffell, E. M. and A. W. Ellis. 2002. Urban-rural humidity variations in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 34(1):53-82. (link )



Saffell, E. M. ed. 2003. Introductory Physical Geography Laboratory Manual. Hayden-McNeil Publishers. Phymouth, MI.


Saffell, E. M. ed. 2002. Physical Geography Laboratory Manual. Thomson Publications. Florence, NY.



Saffell, E. M. 2015. Professional skills in sustainability. Poster presented at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2015, Minneapolis, MN.

Thesis (PhD)


Saffell, E. M. 2004. The applicability of synoptic classifications: Analysis of an urban complex. PhD Disseratation. Arizona State University. (link )

Thesis (Masters)


Saffell, E. M. 2001. Urban-rural humidity variations in Phoenix, Arizona. MA thesis. Arizona State University.