David B. Simeral

Associate Research Scientist Climatology
Cartography, climate, climate observational networks, drought, drought assessments, drought monitoring, GIS, meteorological instrumentation, mountain climatology, mountain meteorology, physical geography, snow science

Professional Interests

Mr. Simeral's interests cover a broad spectrum within the fields of climatology, meteorology, physical geography, and snow science. Mr. Simeral has extensive experience in the design, implementation, and operations of weather-climate observation networks as well as cartography, drought monitoring/assessments, GIS, and spatial analysis of climate data.

Over the past 13 years at the Desert Research Institute and Western Regional Climate Center, Mr. Simeral has worked on a wide variety of projects in the fields of meteorology and climatology with state, federal, and university entities including: Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Water Resources, California Energy Commission, Fallon Naval Air Station, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Climatic Data Center, National Integrated Drought Information System, National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Science Foundation, National Weather Service, Northern Arizona University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Southwestern Research Station, State of Wyoming, Storm Peak Laboratory, White Mountain Research Center, University of California Natural Reserve System, University of Nevada-Reno, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S Geological Survey. From 2009-2011, Mr. Simeral was a lead site surveyor for the NOAA U.S. Regional Climate Reference Network.

Currently, Mr. Simeral is one of eleven national authors for the U.S. Drought Monitor and serves on several steering committees for the NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System including: California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), Intermountain West DEWS, and Pacific Northwest DEWS. Additionally, Mr. Simeral is currently working with National Park Service Pacific Island Network (Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Saipan) and on a collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation with the Southwestern Research Station (American Museum of Natural History).


Ph.D. Candidate Current University of Nevada, Reno Physical Geography
M.A. 2005 Northern Arizona University Physical Geography
B.S. 1994 Arizona State University Physical Geography

Publications & Presentations


Simeral, D. B. (2016). Pacific Northwest Drought Outlook, Invited Speaker: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting: Portland, OR, February 2, 2016, Accepted


Simeral, D. B. (2015). 2015 Effects of Summer Precipitation and El Nino Outlook, Invited Speaker: Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Board of Directors Meeting: Sparks City Hall, Sparks, NV, September 16, 2015
Simeral, D. B. (2015). Nevada Drought Conditions Update and Outlook, Invited Speaker: National Weather Service, Reno, NV Forecast Office Media Event: May, 2015, Reno, NV
Simeral, D. B. (2015). U.S. Drought Monitor: An Inside Perspective. Invited Speaker: UNR Geography Colloquium Series. April 1, 2015. University of, UNR Geography Colloquium Series: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, April 1, 2015


Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T., Breckner, M. A., Daudert, B., McCurdy, G. D., Oakley, N. S., Simeral, D. B. (2014). The Role of a Regional Climate Center in Complex Terrain, American Meteorological Society 16th Conference on Mountain Meteorology: San Diego, CA, August 18, 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
Simeral, D. B. (2014). Overview of the Western Regional Climate Center and Climate Monitoring Program Development with the U.S. National Park Service in the Pacific Islands, Invited speaker: Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management and National Park Service: American Memorial Park, Commonwealth of Saipan, February 26, 2014