Associate Research Scientist, Climatology
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 climatology, field-related campaigns collecting weather and climate data, instrumentation, data analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and communicating scientific information to decision makers, stakeholders, media, and the public.
David 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-related issues for the western United States. Additionally, David works closely with other NOAA line offices on climate and drought coordination/communication efforts including authoring the NOAA Pacific Region (Hawaiian Islands, U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands) Quarterly Climate Impacts & Outlook Report. Other current activities include long-standing projects with the National Park Service (NPS) Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) overseeing operations and management of climate monitoring networks for the Pacific Island and Mojave Desert I&M networks.
During the past 18 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’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NPS I&M Program, Northern Arizona University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Southwestern Research Station, 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.
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climate, climate science, meteorology, drought, drought monitoring, climate observational networks, geography, GIS, meteorological instrumentation, mountain climatology, mountain meteorology, physical geography
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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
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Final Report & Recommendations for the Pacific Island Climate Monitoring Network, National Park Service, 1-78, Western Regional Climate Center
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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
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An Enhanced California Climate Monitoring System, California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research Program
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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
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Baseline Silver Concentrations in Freshwater and Snow in the Wyoming Weather Modification Project Target Area, Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences: Reno, NV
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
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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
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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
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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
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Climate Monitoring for Southwest Alaska National Parks: Network Design and Site Selection, 1-92, Western Regional Climate Center: Reno, NV
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U.S. Drought Monitor Overview, Drought in Nevada Workshop Series: Drought Outreach & Communications Strategies, Nevada Department of Water Resources & NOAA NIDIS: Webinar, February 9, 2022
U.S. Drought Monitor Process, Alaska Drought Webinar Series: University of Alaska, Fairbank | Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy, February 18, 2021
Current Drought Conditions & Outlooks for the Southwest U.S., Southwest Drought Briefing Webinar: USDA Southwest Climate Hub | NOAA NIDIS, January 22, 2021
Climate & Drought Status Update, NOAA NIDIS Western Drought Crisis Webinar: Virtual, July 20, 2021
Western Drought Update, USDA Fall Data Users’ Meeting, Climate Information for Informed Decision Making, Session A: Virtual, October 14, 2021
Western Regional Climate Center Overview & Update, Biennial U.S. Drought Monitor Forum: Virtual, October 21, 2021-October 22, 2021
Western Drought Update, NOAA NWS AFS2 All Hands Meeting: Virtual, August 23, 2021
Climate Trends & Monitoring in the Southwestern U.S. (Keynote Speaker), Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference: Rodeo, New Mexico, January 9, 2020
A synopsis of the U.S. Drought Monitor, Healthy Soils, Healthy Region Workshop: Pendleton, Oregon, March 12, 2019-March 14, 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
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
Drought Monitoring Toolbox, Utah Drought Response Plan Workshop, Utah Deptartment of Water Resources: Salt Lake City, UT, July 17, 2018-July 18, 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
An Inside Look at the U.S. Drought Monitor, Great Basin Climate Forum: Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV, December 6, 2018
Overview of the Western Regional Climate Center, Montana Mini Climate Summit: University of Montanta, September 7, 2017
Pacific Northwest Drought Outlook, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Kickoff Meeting: Portland, OR, February 2, 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
U.S. Drought Monitor, Fall Forum with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack: Climate Variability, Water, and Land Use: Arizona State University, September 14, 2016
U.S. Drought Monitor: An Inside Perspective, Geography Colloquium Series: University of Nevada, Reno, April 1, 2015
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
Near-Surface Air Temperature Patterns in Complex Terrain, San Francisco Peaks, Arizona, MTNCLIM: Estes Park, Colorado, October 1, 2012
Topographic Influences on Near-Surface Temperature Regimes in Complex Terrain, Geography Colloquium Series: University of Nevada, Reno, May 2, 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
Building Infrastructure: Climate Monitoring Transects in Nevada, Nevada NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Conference: Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2, 2010
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Improvements in Observations and Tools to Detect and Depict Climate Change and Variability in California, California Climate Change Conference: Sacramento, California
Verification of Gridded Climate Data in Mountainous Terrain, MTNCLIM: Silverton, Colorado
Monitoring Seasonal and Long-Term Climate Changes/Extremes in the Central Alaska Network, MTNCLIM: Mt. Hood, Oregon
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New Snow Density Across An Elevational Gradient in the Park Range of Northwestern Colorado, AMS 12th Conference on Mountain Meteorology: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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New Snow Density Across An Elevational Gradient in the Park Range of Northwestern Colorado, 74th Western Snow Conference: Las Cruces, New Mexico
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California-Nevada Climate & Drought Status Update, NOAA NIDIS California – Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought & Climate Update Webinar: Reno, NV, July 23, 2018
Southwest Drought Update & Seasonal Precipitation – Temperature Outlook, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System – El Nino & the Southwest Drought Webinar, October 24, 2018
California-Nevada Drought & Climate Status Uptdate, NOAA California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought and Climate Outlook Webinar: Reno, NV, September 25, 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
Understanding the U.S. Drought Monitor, Montana Governor’s Drought & Water Supply Advisory Committee Meeting: Helena, Montana, October 2, 2017
Effects of Summer Precipitation and El Nino Outlook, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Board of Director Meeting: Sparks, NV, September 16, 2015
Nevada Drought Conditions Update & Outlook, National Weather Service, Reno NV Forecast Office Media Event
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
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