Nina S. Oakley

Assistant Research Scientist Climatology
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Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Climate variability and water resources in the western US
  • Closed and cutoff low pressure systems and their impact on weather in the West
  • Post-wildfire debris flows in western US
  • Science literacy and education, communicating climate information to stakeholders
  • Web usability and accessibility pertaining to atmospheric data

Web Development Projects

Education

DegreeUniversityArea
M.S. University of Nevada, Reno Atmospheric Science
PBCSE University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu Secondary Science Education (Teaching Credential)
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara Spanish
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara Geography

Reports

Publications & Presentations

2017

Hatchett, B. J., Burak, S., Rutz, J. J., Oakley, N. S., Bair, E. H., Kaplan, M. L. (2017). Avalanche Fatalities During Atmospheric River Events in the Western United States, J. Hydrometeorology, 18, (5), 1359–1374, doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-16-0219.1
Hatchett, B. J., Daudert, B., Garner, C. B., Oakley, N. S., Putnam, A. E., White, A. B. (2017). Winter snow level rise in the northern Sierra Nevada from 2008-2017, Water, 9, 14 p., doi: 10.3390/w9110899 Paper No. 899
Oakley, N. S. (2017). Western Regional Climate Center Tools You Can Use, NOAA Webinar for NWS Personnel, August 8, 2017
Oakley, N. S. (2017). How Did We Get Here? A Review of the Wild Winter of 2016/2017, Nevada Indian Summit: Reno, NV, May 9, 2017
Oakley, N. S. (2017). Meteorological Events Associated with Alluvial Fan Flooding in Nevada, Nevada Silver Jackets Alluvial Fan Flooding Workshop: Carson City, NV, April 12, 2017
Oakley, N. S. (2017). How Did We Get Here? A Review of the Wild Winter of 2016/2017, Great Basin Climate Forum, Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, April 6, 2017
Oakley, N. S. (2017). Western Regional Climate Center Tools You Can Use, NOAA Webinar for NWS Personnel, January 28, 2017
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Cordeira, J., Ralph, F. M. (2017). Atmospheric Rivers and Mass Movements in California, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting: Seattle, WA, October 24, 2017
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, F. M. (2017). Atmospheric conditions associated with post-fire debris flows in the Transverse Ranges of southern California, J. Natural Hazards, Accepted
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, F. M. (2017). Synoptic conditions associated with cool season post-fire debris flows in the Transverse Ranges of southern California, Natural Hazards, 88, (1), 327-354, doi: 10.1007/s11069-017-2867-6
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Ralph, F. M., Hatchett, B. J., Roj, S. C. (2017). Climatology of Landslide Triggering Precipitation in California, American Meteorological Society (AMS) Applied Climatology: Asheville, NC, June 27, 2017
Ralph, F. M., Dettinger, M., Lavers, D., Gorodetskaya, I., Martin, A., Viale, M., White, A., Oakley, N. S., Rutz, J., Spackman, R., Wernli, H., Cordeira, J. (2017). Atmospheric Rivers Emerge as a Global Science and Applications Focus, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 1969-1973, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0262.1

2016

Hatchett, B. J., Burak, S., Rutz, J. J., Oakley, N. S., Kaplan, M. L. (2016). The Contributions of Atmospheric Rivers to Avalanche Fatalities in the Western United States, International Conference on Atmospheric Rivers: San Diego, CA, August 8, 2016-August 11, 2016, Accepted
Kaplan, M. L., Hatchett, B. J., Nauslar, N. J., Oakley, N. S., Tilley, J. S., Smith, C. M. (2016). The massive space and time scale of atmospheric processes that create localized extreme heat bursts, dry lightning, fire weather, and debris flow in the Western US, Restoring the West Conference: Climate, Disturbance, and Restoration in the Intermountain West: Utah State University, Logan, UT, October 19, 2016
Oakley, N. S. (2016). Atmospheric Rivers--What Do They Mean for Central California This Winter?, NIDIS Winter Outlook Workshop: Monterey, CA, October 11, 2016
Oakley, N. S. (2016). Western Regional Climate Center Tools You Can Use, Inter-tribal Buffalo Council Training: Santa Fe, NM, July 12, 2016
Oakley, N. S. (2016). Weather, Climate, and Extremes in the Western U.S., CoCoRaHS WeatherTalk Webinar Series., Webinar #49, June 2016.
Oakley, N. S. (2016). Ask a Scientist About the Earth System, Challenger Learning Center Habitat Earth Presentation, Sparks Middle School: Sparks, NV, April 6, 2016
Oakley, N. S., Daudert, B. (2016). Establishing best practices to improve usefulness and usability of web interfaces providing atmospheric data, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, (2), 263-274, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00121.1
Oakley, N. S., Daudert, B. (2016). Improving usefulness and usability of web pages providing atmospheric data, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 263-274, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00121.1
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, F. M. (2016). Atmospheric Conditions Associated with Post-Fire Debris Flows in the Transverse Ranges of Southern California, International Atmospheric Rivers Conference: La Jolla, CA, August 10, 2016
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, F. M. (2016). Atmospheric Conditions Associated with Post-Fire Debris Flows in the Transverse Ranges of Southern California, Nevada NASA Space Grant Annual Meeting: Reno, NV, April 29, 2016
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Ralph, F. M., Stock, J., Cerovski-Darrieau, C. (2016). Atmospheric Rivers as Triggers for Landslides and Post-Fire Debris Flows in Southern California, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-February 16, 2017
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. M., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, M., Demirdjian, R. (2016). Atmospheric Rivers as a Trigger for Post-fire Debris Flows in the Transverse Ranges of Southern California, International Conference on Atmospheric Rivers: San Diego, CA, August 8, 2016-August 11, 2016, Accepted

2015

Oakley, N. S. (2015). Western Regional Climate Center Tools You Can Use and a Brief Look at What El Niño Means for CA/NV/HI, CA-NV-HI Fire Council Meeting: South Lake Tahoe, CA, October 21, 2015-October 22, 2015
Oakley, N. S. (2015). Atmospheric Conditions Associated with Extreme Precipitation and Landslides in Southern California, National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors' Fall Meeting: Tucson, AZ, October 1, 2015
Oakley, N. S. (2015). Western Regional Climate Center Tools for Drought and Climate in California, NCEI/NIDIS Drought Tools for Media Workshop: Irvine, CA, September 15, 2015
Oakley, N. S. (2015). Current Events in Western Region, CPC-NCEI Monthly Climate Call [webinar], August 20, 2015
Oakley, N. S. (2015). Ten Things I Didn’t Know About Climate When I Was a Middle School Teacher, DRI Greenpower Teacher Training: Reno, NV, January 31, 2015
Oakley, N. S., Kelly, G. M., Redmond, K. T. (2015). The Climate Outcome Likelihood Tool, Southern California NIDIS Meeting: La Jolla, CA, July 7, 2015
Oakley, N. S., Kelly, G. M., Redmond, K. T. (2015). The Climate Outcome Likelihood Tool, Climate Prediction and Applications Workshop--West: Las Cruces, NM, July 25, 2015
Oakley, N. S., Lancaster, J. T., Kaplan, M. L., Ralph, F. M. (2015). Atmospheric Conditions Associated with Post-Fire Debris Flows in the Transverse Ranges of Southern California, 48th Annual Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
Oakley, N. S., Ralph, J. M., Kaplan, M. L. (2015). Characterizing synoptic conditions that produce extreme precipitation in the Transverse Ranges of southern California, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T., Kelly, G. M., Daudert, B. (2015). California Climate Outcome Likelihood Tool, Climate Prediction and Applications Science Workshop: Las Cruces, NM, March 24, 2015

2014

Oakley, N. S. (2014). Report from Western Regional Climate Center, American Association of State Climatologists Annual Meeting: Stevenson, WA, July 8, 2014-July 10, 2014
Oakley, N. S., Daudert, B. (2014). Establishing Best Practices to Improve Usability of Web Interfaces Providing Atmospheric Data, 47th Annual Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014-December 19, 2014
Oakley, N. S., Daudert, B. (2014). Establishing Best Practices to Improve Usability of Web Interfaces Providing Atmospheric Data, DRI Science Talks: Reno, NV, October 15, 2014
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2014). A Climatology of 500-hPa Closed Lows in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean, 1948-2011, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, (6), 1578-1592, http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0223.1

2013

Millar, C., Oakley, N. S. (2013). Lenticular Clouds Revisited, Mountain Views: The Newsletter for the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains, 7, (1), 47-50
Oakley, N. S. (2013). What Can Climate Services Learn from E-Commerce?, Mountain Views: The Newsletter for the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains, 7, (1), 36-39
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2013). Interactive Development of Regional Climate Web Pages for the Western United States, Vol. 1, p. 0775, Proceedings, In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2013). Interactive Development of Regional Climate Web Pages, 46th Annual Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013-December 13, 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

2012

Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2012). A Climatology of 500 hPa Closed Lows in the Northeast Pacific, 1948-2011, 45th Annual Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012-December 7, 2012

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