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David Simeral
Associate Research Scientist, Climatology

About David

David has been with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) since 2003 as an Associate Research Scientist in Climatology. His professional interests cover a broad spectrum within the fields of climatology, meteorology, and physical geography including expertise in drought, mountain weather/climate, spatial analysis of climate data, GIS, field research, and climate/drought monitoring. He has been a national author for the U.S. Drought Monitor since 2012 and works in collaboration with the NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Regional Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) on drought issues for the western U.S. As part of the WRCC’s operations, David currently authors the NOAA Pacific Region (Hawaiian Islands, U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands) Quarterly Climate Impacts & Outlook Report and rotates authoring the WRCC Monthly Climate Summary for the western U.S. Other current project activities include collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) overseeing operations and management of weather/climate monitoring networks for the Pacific Island and Mojave Desert I&M networks.

During the past 17 years at DRI, David 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, Coordinating Research Council, Fallon Naval Air Station, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Science Foundation, National Weather Service, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, NPS I&M Program, Northern Arizona University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Southwestern Research Station (American Museum of Natural History), State of Wyoming, Storm Peak Laboratory, University of California White Mountain Research Center, University of California Natural Reserve System, University of Nevada-Reno, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S Geological Survey. From 2009-2011, Mr. Simeral was lead site surveyor (Western U.S.) for the NOAA U.S. Regional Climate Reference Network.

Education

Degree Year Institution Area
M.A. 2005 Northern Arizona University Physical Geography
B.S. 1994 Arizona State University Physical Geography

Keywords

climate, climate science, meteorology, drought, drought monitoring, climate observational networks, geography, GIS, meteorological instrumentation, mountain climatology, mountain meteorology, physical geography

 

Program(s)

 

Publications
2018
Hoekman, S.K., McEvoy, D. J., Simeral, D. B., Fremeau, P. G. (2018). Comparison of Ambient Temperatures from ‘Donor Report’ to Modern Day Ambient Temperature for the Same Geographic Areas, CRC Report – CM-138-16-2, Coordinating Research Council: Alpharetta, GA
2016
Simeral, D. B., McCurdy, G. D., Redmond, K. T., Fearon, M. G., Sisson, E. L. (2016). Final Report & Recommendations for the Pacific Island Climate Monitoring Network, National Park Service, 1-78, Western Regional Climate Center
Brown, T. J., Simeral, D. B., McEvoy, D. J., Morton, C. G., Redmond, K. T., McCurdy, G. D. (2016). An Assessment of Climate Monitoring for Land Management Applications in the Great Basin, 1-58, Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative: Reno, NV, CESU Project L13AC00262
2009
Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B., McCurdy, G. D. (2009). An Enhanced California Climate Monitoring System, California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research Program
2007
Davey, C. A., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2007). Weather and Climate Inventory, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Network, Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/ROMN/NRTR-2007/036 WRCC Report 2007-11, 1-109, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior: Fort Collins, CO
2006
Edwards, P. R., Simeral, D. B. (2006). Baseline Silver Concentrations in Freshwater and Snow in the Wyoming Weather Modification Project Target Area, Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences: Reno, NV
Davey, C. A., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2006). Weather and Climate Inventory, National Park Service, Greater Yellowstone Network, Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/GRYN/NRTR-2006/001, 1-83, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior: Fort Collins, CO
Davey, C. A., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2006). Weather and Climate Inventory National Park Service Pacific Island Network, Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/PACN/NRTR-2006/003 WRCC Report 06-04 , 1-99, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Davey, C. A., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2006). Weather and Climate Inventory, National Park Service, Southern Colorado Plateau Network, Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SCPN/NRTR-2006/007 , 1-119, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Davey, C. A., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2006). Weather and Climate Inventory, National Park Service, Northern Colorado Plateau, Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NCPN/NRTR-2006/002, 1-97, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
2005
Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B., McCurdy, G. D. (2005). Climate Monitoring for Southwest Alaska National Parks: Network Design and Site Selection, 1-92, Western Regional Climate Center: Reno, NV
Conference Proceedings
2020
Simeral, D. B. (2020). Climate Trends & Monitoring in the Southwestern U.S. (Keynote Speaker), Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference: Rodeo, New Mexico, January 9, 2020
2019
Simeral, D. B. (2019). A synopsis of the U.S. Drought Monitor, Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop: Pendleton, Oregon, March 12, 2019-March 14, 2019
Simeral, D. B. (2019). U.S. Drought Monitor – Process, Challenges, and Successes in Drought Monitoring in California & Nevada, NOAA NIDIS California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Partner Meeting: Sacramento, California, November 18, 2019-November 19, 2019
2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). U.S. Drought Monitor: A Behind the Scenes Look, Utah Drought Response Plan Workshop, Utah Department of Water Resources: Salt Lake City, UT, July 17, 2018-July 18, 2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). Drought Monitoring Toolbox, Utah Drought Response Plan Workshop, Utah Deptartment of Water Resources: Salt Lake City, UT, July 17, 2018-July 18, 2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). Drought Monitoring in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, Drought in the USAPI – Impacts, Resilience, and Management, USGS: University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 14, 2018-August 15, 2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). An Inside Look at the U.S. Drought Monitor, Great Basin Climate Forum: Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV, December 6, 2018
2017
Simeral, D. B. (2017). Overview of the Western Regional Climate Center, Montana Mini Climate Summit: University of Montanta, September 7, 2017
2016
Simeral, D. B. (2016). Pacific Northwest Drought Outlook, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting: Portland, OR, February 2, 2016
Simeral, D. B. (2016). U.S. Drought Monitor: An Inside Perspective, USDA Surviving Drought Risk Management Workshop Series – California Cattleman’s Association 100th Annual Convention: Reno, NV, December 2, 2016
Simeral, D. B. (2016). U.S. Drought Monitor, Fall Forum with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack: Climate Variability, Water, and Land Use: Arizona State University, September 14, 2016
2015
Simeral, D. B. (2015). U.S. Drought Monitor: An Inside Perspective, Geography Colloquium Series: University of Nevada, Reno, April 1, 2015
2014
Simeral, D. B. (2014). Overview of the Western Regional Climate Center & Climate Monitoring Program Development with the U.S. National Park Service in the Pacific Islands, Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Education, and Environmental Management: American Memorial Park, Commonwealth of Saipan, February 26, 2014
2012
Simeral, D. B. (2012). Near-Surface Air Temperature Patterns in Complex Terrain, San Francisco Peaks, Arizona, MTNCLIM: Estes Park, Colorado, October 1, 2012
Simeral, D. B. (2012). Topographic Influences on Near-Surface Temperature Regimes in Complex Terrain, Geography Colloquium Series: University of Nevada, Reno, May 2, 2012
Simeral, D. B. (2012). Topographic Influences on Near-Surface Temperature Regimes in Complex Terrain, San Francisco Peaks, U.S – International Association of Landscape Ecology Annual Meeting, Symposium: NASA-MSU Environmental sensors and loggers – New approaches to characterizing heterogeneity and applications in landscape ecology: Newport, Rhode Island, April 11, 2012
2010
Strachan, S., Simeral, D. B., Bird, B., Jasoni, R. L. (2010). Building Infrastructure: Climate Monitoring Transects in Nevada, Nevada NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Conference: Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2, 2010
2008
Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B. (2008). Improvements in Observations and Tools to Detect and Depict Climate Change and Variability in California, California Climate Change Conference: Sacramento, California
Simeral, D. B., Abatzoglou, J. (2008). Verification of Gridded Climate Data in Mountainous Terrain, MTNCLIM: Silverton, Colorado
2006
Sousanes, P., Redmond, K. T., Simeral, D. B., Keen, R. (2006). Monitoring Seasonal and Long-Term Climate Changes/Extremes in the Central Alaska Network, MTNCLIM: Mt. Hood, Oregon
Simeral, D. B., Borys, R. D., Wetzel, M. A. (2006). New Snow Density Across An Elevational Gradient in the Park Range of Northwestern Colorado, AMS 12th Conference on Mountain Meteorology: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Simeral, D. B., Borys, R. D., Wetzel, M. A. (2006). New Snow Density Across An Elevational Gradient in the Park Range of Northwestern Colorado, 74th Western Snow Conference: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Other
2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). California-Nevada Climate & Drought Status Update, NOAA NIDIS California – Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought & Climate Update Webinar: Reno, NV, July 23, 2018
Simeral, D. B. (2018). Southwest Drought Update & Seasonal Precipitation – Temperature Outlook, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System – El Nino & the Southwest Drought Webinar, October 24, 2018
2017
Simeral, D. B. (2017). California-Nevada Drought & Climate Status Uptdate, NOAA California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought and Climate Outlook Webinar: Reno, NV, September 25, 2017
Simeral, D. B. (2017). California-Nevada Drought and Climate Status Update, NOAA California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought and Climate Outlook Webinar: Reno, NV, May 29, 2017
Simeral, D. B. (2017). Understanding the U.S. Drought Monitor, Montana Governor’s Drought & Water Supply Advisory Committee Meeting: Helena, Montana, October 2, 2017
2015
Simeral, D. B. (2015). Effects of Summer Precipitation and El Nino Outlook, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Board of Director Meeting: Sparks, NV, September 16, 2015
Simeral, D. B. (2015). Nevada Drought Conditions Update & Outlook, National Weather Service, Reno NV Forecast Office Media Event
2005
Grubisic, V., Redmond, K. T., McCurdy, G. D., Simeral, D. B. (2005). A dense surface network for atmospheric observations in a mountain valley: Deployment and observations in the Sierra Rotors Project, AMS 13th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation: Savannah, Georgia