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, mountain geography, field-related campaigns collecting weather and climate data, instrumentation, 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 and serving on the NOAA Pacific Island Regional Climate Team as co-lead for the Observations, Monitoring, and Derived Data Working Group.
Other current activities include long-standing projects with the National Park Service (NPS) Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) overseeing operations and management of long-term climate monitoring networks for the Pacific Island and Mojave Desert Inventory & Monitoring networks.
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climate, climate science, meteorology, drought, drought monitoring, climate observational networks, geography, GIS, meteorological instrumentation, mountain climatology, mountain meteorology, physical geography
Final Report: Evaluating Nevada’s Drought Monitoring Network to Improve Drought Early Warning and Response, Prepared for the NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System, California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System, August 31, 2023
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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
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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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Current Conditions & Drought Outlook. Southwest Drought Briefing – NOAA NIDIS, Drought Learning Network: Webinar, April 18, 2023-April 18, 2023
The Making of the U.S. Drought Monitor, USDA Southwest Climate Hub, Drought Learning Network, NOAA NIDIS. Southwest Tribal Drought Conversation: Flagstaff, Arizona, April 26, 2023-April 26, 2023
What did the drought recovery look like in Nevada for 2022-23?. Southwest Drought Learning Network Annual Meeting: USDA SW Climate Hub, NOAA NIDIS, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, September 27, 2023
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
Current Drought Conditions & Outlooks for the Southwest U.S.. Southwest Drought Briefing Webinar: USDA Southwest Climate Hub | NOAA NIDIS, January 22, 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: 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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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 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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