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
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
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., in press, 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., 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., 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., 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., 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
Oakley, N. S., Redmond, K. T. (2014). A Climatology of 500 hPa Closed Lows in the Northeast Pacific, 1948-2011, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, (6), 1578-1592, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0223.1

2013

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., 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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