Dr. Tam U. Wall

Associate Research Professor Atmospheric Science
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wildfire, climate, social science

Professional Interests

Dr. Tamara Wall is a researcher in the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC); the program for Climate, Ecosystem, and Fire Applications (CEFA); and the California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP). She is involved in several on-going and planned projects related to integrating social science research with the production of climate knowledge and services at CNAP and the WRCC. These projects include 1) a mixed-method project to identify how managers in the water sector perceive the salience and legitimacy of available climate information as well as the overall accessibility of sources for climate information; 2) an on-line survey of WRCC users, and 3) an assessment of lead PI and stakeholders relationships and interactions at CNAP and the WRCC.

Research Areas

  • Public use of science and the communication of climate attribution and uncertainty
  • Demographics and migration trends in the American West
  • Environmental hazards and the distribution of risk across landscapes in natural and human-coupled systems

Research Project Websites

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 2007 The University of Montana, Missoula, MT Interdisciplinary  Studies, emphasis geography
M.A. 1992 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM  Technical and Professional Communication
B.A. 1990 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL  English 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Citations

Wall, T., A.L. Knox Velez, J. Diaz, (2014). Wildfire Readiness in the Southern California Wildland-Urban Interface. Download Report.

Wall, T., G. Garfin, and J. Galayada, (2012). Evaluating Our Capacity: a discussion of capability for ongoing climate assessment in the Colorado River Basin. http://www.climas.arizona.edu/publications/2375

Wall, T.U., and C. von Reichert (2012). Divorce as an Influence in Return Migration to Rural Areas. Population, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1719

Wall, T.U., and S.J. Halvorson (2011). Wildfire Research in an Environmental Hazards Course: An Active Learning Approach. Journal of Geography.

Wall, T.U. (2008). Book Review, Roger G. Kennedy. Wildfire & Americans: How to Save Lives, Property, and Your Tax Dollars. Environment. November/December issue.

Publications & Presentations

2016

Horangic, A., Berry, K., Wall, T. U. (2016). Influences On Stakeholder Participation In Water Negotiations: A Case Study From The Klamath Basin, Soc. Nat. Res., pp. 1-15, Online: 15 Mar 2016, 10.1080/08941920.2016.1144837, In Press

2015

Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2015). Fire Extremes. Annual Performance Report, April 2015, 3 pp.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Climate, Fuels, and People, 6th International Wildland Fire Conference: Pyeonghchang, Korea, October 13, 2015
Meadow, A., Wall, T. U., Horangic, A. M. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of Climate Science Produced in the Southwest Climate Science Center on Resource Management Agency Decisions, Presentation, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 6, 2015
Meadow, A., Ferguson, D., Guido, Z., Horangic, A. M., Owen, G., Wall, T. U. (2015). Moving toward the Deliberate Coproduction of Climate Science Knowledge, Weather Climate and Society, 7, (2), 179-191, doi: 10.1175/wcas-d-14-00050.1
Wall, T. U. (2015). Fire Stories: Wildland Fire Fighters Perceptions of _____ Fire Behavior, National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Behavior Subcommittee: Phoenix, AZ, October 9, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Challenges in Adapting to Climate Change, Great Basin Consortium Conference: Boise, ID, February 17, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Tradeoffs: Living in the Burning West, Today and Tomorrow, Air & Waste Management Association: Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV, February 3, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Learning Networks and Evaluation in Climate Science, Annual Meeting of the Regional Integrated Science & Assessments Teams: Charleston, SC, January 13, 2015
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Improving Utilization, Communication, and Perceptions of Accuracy in Sophisticated User Groups, Weather, Climate, and Society, Reviewed
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Fire, Fuels, and People – Part 1, International Association of Wildland Fire Human Dimensions Conference: Boise, ID, April 20, 2015
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Fire, Fuels, and People – Part 2, International Association of Wildland Fire Human Dimensions Conference: Boise, ID, April 20, 2015
Wall, T. U., Garfin, G., Brugger, J., Hartmann, H., Brown, T. J. (2015). Scenario Planning in the Great Basin Region: Considering Climate Change Impacts and Management Strategies for the Future, Final Report, 23 p., Desert Research Institute
Wall, T. U., Meadow, A. (2015). Evaluating The Impact of Climate Science Produced In The Southwest Climate Science Center, 95th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2015
Wall, T. U., Meadow, A. M., Horangic, A. (2015). Developing Evaluation Indicators to Improve the Process of Co-producing Usable Climate Science, Wea. Clim. Soc., Reviewed
Wall, T. U., Rolinski, T. (2015). Santa Ana Winds Threat Index (SAWTI), Digital Government and Society Conference: Phoenix, AZ, May 28, 2015

2014

Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Simeral, D. B., Oakley, N. S., McCurdy, G. D., Breckner, M. A., Wolff, A. J., Daudert, B. (2014). Providing Western Region Climate Services: Perspectives from the Western Regional Climate Center, 2014 American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, Wildland Fire Canada 2014: Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 7, 2014
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, VII International Conference on Forest Fire Research: Coimbra, Portugal, November 17, 2014
Garfin, G., Wall, T. U., Haartmann, H., Brugger, J., Brown, T. J. (2014). Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Great Basin, University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Poster Forum: Tucson, AZ, November 10, 2014
McCarthy, M. A., Kenneston, A., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T. (2014). Climate Resiliency Planning: Making Extreme Event Science Useful for Managers and Planners in Northern Nevada, Vol. 1, p. 4059, In 2014 AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2014
Wall, T. U. (2014). Update on the fire extremes project, Invited talk. National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Behavior Subcommittee: Boise, ID, October 7, 2014
Wall, T. U. (2014). California-Nevada-Hawaii Forest Fire Council. Extremes in Fire—the intersection of Climate, Fuels, and People, Invited talk.: South Lake Tahoe, CA, October 22, 2014
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Sexton, T. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, Large Wildland Fires – Social, Political and Ecological Effects Conference: Missoula, MT, May 19, 2014
Wall, T. U., Velez, A. K., Diaz, J. (2014). Wildfire Readiness in the Southern California Wildland-Urban Interace

2013

Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J. (2013). Current and Future Partnerships for Climate-Related Decision Making in the Great Basin, Great Basin Consortium: Boise, ID, January 13, 2013
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J. (2013). Improving the Flow of Climate Information in the West, EPSCoR Annual Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, March 27, 2013

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