Kelly Redmond

Dr. Kelly Redmond: Professional Qualifications/CV

Dr. Kelly Redmond
Dr. Kelly Redmond

Title: Deputy Director and Regional Climatologist, Western Regional Climate Center
Affiliation: Western Regional Climate Center
Affiliation: Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Location: Reno, NV
Phone: 775.674.7011
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Keywords: climate, meteorology, western usa

Professional Interests

Dr. Kelly Redmond maintains an interest in all facets of climate and climate behavior, its temporal variability, spatial characteristics and physical causes, how climate interacts with other human and natural processes, and how such information is acquired, used, communicated, and perceived. As Regional Climatologist for the western United States, Dr. Redmond has played an active role nationally in development of the climate services sector.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in climatology, forecasting and synoptics, atmospheric dynamics and hydrology.  Interdisciplinary interactions have encompassed topics such as fisheries and wildlife, forestry, water resources and hydrology, and western land management, with much emphasis on observational and data management systems, and NOAA Coop and Reference Networks.  He is currently working on several projects for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).  He is closely involved in the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program, and the Department of Interior Climate Science Center Program.  He has served on and contributed to approximately a dozen committees for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.  He interacts daily with members of the public and with print, radio and television media across the West.

This has entailed work on topics such as climate variability, the observational process, instrumentation, data management, quality control, the interpretation of weather and climate information, drought frequency and characterization, energy consumption, climate indices, trends and variability in climate properties, flood frequency analysis, design criteria, spatial patterns of western U.S. climate variability, El Nino / Southern Oscillation, paleoclimate, wind energy, heavy precipitation and landslides, climate prediction, wildfire, Crater Lake climate and hydrology, salmon, atmospheric stability and inversions, western hydroclimate, and the national snow data set. Interdisciplinary interactions have included agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, limnology, engineering, water resources and hydrology, land management, entomology, horticulture, marine and terrestrial systems.

Dr. Redmond is currently participating in several national and regional activities, initiatives and projects, including: NOAA Regional Climate Center Program, National Weather Service Coop Modernization, the NOAA Climate Reference Network, the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Mountain Regions (CIRMOUNT), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program under the Climate Program Office, the California Energy Commission PIER and CIEE programs, and the CalFed Bay-Delta Program.

Research Areas

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Large-Scale Dynamic Meteorology

Research Website


Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.

Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.