Wildland fire, fire weather, fire climate, climate, climate change, applied statistics, data analysis, data visualization, co-production of knowledge
Dr. Brown conducts research and applications development in applied climatology and meteorology, with emphasis on the application of data analysis, statistical methods and scientific visualization to atmospheric sciences and wildland fire related data. His primary academic interests include analysis of wildland fire-climate and fire-weather relationships and applications product development for wildland fire management planning, decision-making and policy, and the interface between science and decision-making. Dr. Brown is Director of the Western Regional Climate Center, and established and directs the Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications (CEFA) at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He is graduate faculty in the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
University of Illinois (Sangamon State campus), Springfield, IL
Title Director, Western Regional Climate Center
Associate Research Professor, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, DRI
Director, DRI Program for Climate, Ecosystem and Fire Applications
Assistant Research Professor, Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences Center
UCAR Visiting Scientist, ASC/WRCC, DRI, Reno, NV.
Graduate Research Assistant, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, and Physical Scientist, NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center, Boulder, CO.
Professional Research Assistant, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Student Lab Assistant, University of Illinois (Sangamon State), Springfield, IL.
Research Assistant, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
International Association of Wildland Fire
Association of Fire Ecology
American Meteorological Society
American Geophysical Union
Abatzoglou, J.T., and T.J. Brown, 2011: A comparison of statistical downscaling methods suited for wildfire applications. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2312.
Miller, C., J. Abatzoglou, T. Brown, and A. Shyphard, 2011: Chapter 10. Wilderness Fire Management in a Changing Environment. The Landscape Ecology of Fire. Springer, pp. 269-294.
DeGaetano, A.T., T. J. Brown, S. D. Hilberg, K. Redmond, K. Robbins, P. Robinson, M. Shulski, and M. McGuirk, 2010: The NOAA Regional Climate Centers: Twenty-five Years of User-Centric Climate Services, Bulletin American Meteorological Society, 1633-1644.
Hoang, R.V., M.R. Sgambati, T.J. Brown, D.S. Coming, and F.C. Harris, 2010: VFire: Immersive Wildfire Simulation and Visualization. Computers and Graphics, Accepted.
Preisler, H.K., S. Zhong, A. Esperanza, T.J. Brown, A. Bytnerowicz, L. Tarnay, 2010: Estimating contribution of wildland fires to ambient ozone levels in National Parks in the Sierra Nevada, California, Environmental Pollution, 158, 778–787.
Kolden, C., and T. Brown, 2010: Beyond wildfire: understanding climate impacts on managed fire in the U.S.A. International Journal Wildland Fire, 19, 364-373.
Abatzoglou, J.T., and T.J. Brown, 2009: Influence of the Madden–Julian Oscillation on Summertime Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Activity over the Continental United States. Monthly Weather Review, 137, 3596-3601.
Evett, R.R., C.R. Mohrle, B.L. Hall, T.J. Brown, S.L. Stephens, 2008: The Effect of Monsoonal Atmospheric Moisture on Lightning Fire Ignitions in Southwestern North America, Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, 148, 1478-1487.
Sherman, W.R., M.A. Penick, S. Su, T.J. Brown, and F.C. Harris, Jr., 2007: VRFire: an Immersive Visualization Experience for Wildfire Spread Analysis. Proceedings IEEE Virtual Reality 2007.
Kangas, R.S. and T.J. Brown, 2007: Characteristics of U.S. Drought and Pluvials from a High-Resolution Spatial Dataset, International Journal of Climatology, 27, 1303-1335.
Reinbold, H.J., J.O. Roads, T.J. Brown, 2005: Evaluation of ECPC’s fire danger forecasts with RAWS observations. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 14, 19-36.
Westerling, A.L., D.R. Cayan, T.J. Brown, B.L. Hall and L.G. Riddle, 2004: Climate, Santa Ana winds and autumn wildfires in southern California. EOS, 85(31), 289; 296.
Brown, T.J., B.L. Hall, A.L. Westerling, 2004: The impact of twenty-first century climate change on wildland fire danger in the western United States: an applications perspective. Climatic Change, 62, 365-388.
Westerling, A.L, A. Gershunov, T.J. Brown, D.R. Cayan, and M.D. Dettinger, 2003: Climate and wildfire in the western United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 84, 595-604.
Mitchell, D.L., D. Ivanova, R. Rabin, T.J. Brown, and K.R. Redmond, 2002: Sea Surface Temperatures and the North American Monsoon: Mechanistic Implications from Observations. Journal of Climate, 15, 2261-2281.
Macêdo, M., D. Cook, and T.J. Brown, 2000: Visual data mining in atmospheric science data. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 4(1), 69-80.
Brown, T.J., and P.W. Mielke, Jr., 2000: Guest Editorial: Statistical mining and data visualization in atmospheric science. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 4(1), 5-6.
Associate Editor – International Journal of Wildland Fire
Symposia Co-Organizer, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th American Meteorological Society
Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology
Lecturer at USDA Forest Service National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute
Consultant on fire climate policy with Brookings Institution
Co-Guest Editor for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and three special issues of International Journal of Wildland Fire
Brown, T. J. (2015). The 2014 Wildfire Season, Presentation, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 6, 2015
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J. (2015). Establishing a national standard for operational mixing height determination, AMS 11th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology: Minneapolis, MN, May 5, 2015
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Curcio, G. M. (2015). Establishing a national standard for operational mixing height determination, J. Operational Meteor., Submitted
Brown, H. E., Comrie, A. C., Drechsler, D. M., Barker, C. M., Basu, R., Brown, T. J., Gershunov, A., Kilpatrick, A. M., Reisen, W. K., Ruddell, D. M. (2013). Chapter 15, Human Health, Eds. Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., LeRoy, S., In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance, 312-339, edited by G. Garfin, J. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy: Washington, DC: Island Press
Brown, T. J. (2013). U.S. and Global Wildfire Impacts in 2012, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 8, 2013
Brown, T. J. (2013). Adaptation to Wildfires in the West: Linking Science to Action, National Adaptation Forum: Denver, CO, March 3, 2013
Brown, T. J. (2013). Seasonal Forecasting for the Global EWS, GOFC-GOLD IT: Waginingen, The Netherlands, April 16, 2013
Brown, T. J. (2013). Fire Weather and Smoke Management Forecasting in California and Nevada - The Co-Production of Science and Operations, U.C. Davis Conference on Traversing New Terrain in Meteorological Modeling, Air Quality and Dispersion: Davis, CA, September 12, 2013
Brown, T. J., Clements, C., Larkin, S. (2013). Results from the JFSP Smoke Model Validation Workshop, IAWF International Smoke Symposium: College Park, MD, October 24, 2013
Brown, T. J., Delgado, E. (2013). Monthly to Seasonal in Support of Wildland Fire Decision-Making, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 10, 2013
Brown, T. J., Delgado, E. (2013). Perspectives in Seasonal Fire Forecasting, 4th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: St. Petersburg, Russia, July 1, 2013
Brown, T. J., Jackman, T., Achtemieier, G., Goodrick, S. (2013). Bringing PB-Piedmont to Users: Web Implementation of a Surface Drift Smoke Model, IAWF International Smoke Symposium: College Park, MD, October 23, 2013
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Curcio, G. (2013). Establishing a National Standard Methodology for Operational Mixing Height Determination, IAWF International Smoke Symposium: College Park, MD, October 22, 2013
Mills, G., Brown, T. J., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J. (2013). A 40-year mesoscale gridded fire weather climatology for Victoria, Proceedings 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Adelaide, Australia, December 1, 2013
Nauslar, N. J., Kaplan, M. L., Wallmann, J., Brown, T. J. (2013). A forecast procedure for dry thunderstorms, J. Operational Meteor., 1, (17), 200-214
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
Prahm, N., Longo, B., Baxter, K., Brown, T. J. (2013). Lightning Does Strike Twice: A Fulminology Primer for Nurse Practitioners., J. Nurse Practitioners, 9, 479-486
Redmond, K. T., Brown, T. J. (2013). Overview of Climate Change and Effects on Western Great Basin, Washoe County Regional Resiliency Preparedness Study Meeting: Reno, NV, December 20, 2013
Tarnay, L., Schweizer, D., Cisneros, R., Raffuse, S., Brown, T. J., Larkin, S. (2013). Do We Always Need Dispersion Models? Empirical Airshed Capacity Values for Prescribed and Wildland Fire in the Sierra Nevada, California, IAWF International Smoke Symposium: College Park, MD, October 22, 2013
Abatzoglou, J. T., Brown, T. J. (2012). A comparison of statistical downscaling methods suited for wildfire applications, Int. J. Climatol., 32, (5), 772-780
Brown, T. J. (2012). Wildfires of 2011. Weather Impacts 2011, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting,: New Orleans, LA, January 23, 2012
Brown, T. J. (2012). Climate Variability and Impacts on the West, Council of State Governments: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 22, 2012
Brown, T. J. (2012). RCC Climate Services, National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters: Ft. Worth, TX, August 13, 2012
Brown, T. J. (2012). The Climate Data Record and Climate Applications, Panel presentation, Climate Data Record Program: Asheville, NC, July 31, 2012-August 2, 2012
Brown, T. J. (2012). CEFA Update, FIRESCOPE Fall Meeting: Sacramento, CA, November 28, 2012
Brown, T. J., Abatzoglou, J. T., Hall, B. L., Jolly, M. (2012). Three New Fire Weather/Climate Datasets for Decision-Support and Research, 5th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Portland, OR, December 3, 2012
Brown, T. J., Delgado, E. (2012). Monthly to Seasonal Fire Forecasting in the U.S., Wildland Fire Canada 2012: Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, October 1, 2012
Brown, T. J., Kolden, C. (2012). Climatology Tools for Long-Term Assessment, 2012 PNW Fire Behavior Workshop: Portland, OR, January 20, 2012
Owen, G., McLeod, J. C., Kolden, C. A., Ferguson, D. B., Brown, T. J. (2012). Wildfire management and forecasting fire potential: The roles of climate information and social networks in the southwest United States, Wea. Climate Soc., 42, (2), 90-102
DeGaetano, A. T., Brown, T. J., Hilberg, S. D., Redmond, K. T., Robbins, K., Robinson, P., Shulski, M., McGuirk, M. (2010). Toward Regional Climate Services: The Role of NOAA's Regional Climate Centers, Bull Amer Meteor Soc, 91, (12), 1633-1644, doi:10.1175/2010BAMS2936.1
Brown, T. J., Banta, J. R., Hall, B. L. (2007). Predictability of sea surface temperatures for fire danger, Seventh Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology: Bar Harbor
Brown, T. J., Banta, J. R., Hall, B. L. (2007). Global sea surface temperatures and North American fire danger variability, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: San Antonio
Sherman, W. R., Penick, M. A., Su, S., Brown, T. J., Harris, F. C. (2007). VRFire: an Immersive Visualization Experience for Wildfire Spread Analysis, 243-246, IEEE Virtual Reality 2007: Charlotte, NC
Sherman, W. R., Penick, M. A., Su, S., Brown, T. J., Harris, F. C. (2006). VRFire: an Immersive Visualization Experience for WildfireSpread Analysis, Accepted
McConnell, J. R., Brown, T. J. (2005). Climate, fire and human extremes: The merging of shaping factors for 21st century land management