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Dr. Tamara Wall
Associate Research Professor, Atmospheric Science

Professional Interests

Dr. Tamara Wall is a researcher in the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC); the program for Climate, Ecosystem, and Fire Applications (CEFA); and the California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP). She is involved in several on-going and planned projects related to integrating social science research with the production of climate knowledge and services at CNAP and the WRCC. These projects include 1) a mixed-method project to identify how managers in the water sector perceive the salience and legitimacy of available climate information as well as the overall accessibility of sources for climate information; 2) an on-line survey of WRCC users, and 3) an assessment of lead PI and stakeholders relationships and interactions at CNAP and the WRCC.

Research Areas

  • Public use of science and the communication of climate attribution and uncertainty
  • Demographics and migration trends in the American West
  • Environmental hazards and the distribution of risk across landscapes in natural and human-coupled systems

Research Project Websites

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D.2007The University of Montana, Missoula, MTInterdisciplinary Studies, emphasis geography
M.A.1992New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NMTechnical and Professional Communication
B.A.1990Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, ILEnglish

Selected Publications

Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Citations

Wall, T., A.L. Knox Velez, J. Diaz, (2014). Wildfire Readiness in the Southern California Wildland-Urban Interface. Download Report.

Wall, T., G. Garfin, and J. Galayada, (2012). Evaluating Our Capacity: a discussion of capability for ongoing climate assessment in the Colorado River Basin.http://www.climas.arizona.edu/publications/2375

Wall, T.U., and C. von Reichert (2012). Divorce as an Influence in Return Migration to Rural Areas. Population, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1719

Wall, T.U., and S.J. Halvorson (2011). Wildfire Research in an Environmental Hazards Course: An Active Learning Approach. Journal of Geography.

Wall, T.U. (2008). Book Review, Roger G. Kennedy. Wildfire & Americans: How to Save Lives, Property, and Your Tax Dollars. Environment. November/December issue.

Keywords

wildfire, climate, social science

 

Publications
2020
VanderMolen, K.A., Meadow, A. M., Horangic, A., Wall, T. U. (2020). Typologizing Stakeholder Information Use to Better Understand the Impacts of Collaborative Climate Science, Environmental Management, 10.1007/s00267-019-01237-9
2019
VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U., Daudert, B. (2019). A Call for the Evaluation of Web-based Climate Data and Analysis Tools, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100 (2), 257-268, 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0006.1
McEvoy, D. J., Hobbins, M., Brown, T. J., VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U., Huntington, J. L., Svoboda, M. (2019). Establishing Relationships between Drought Indices and Wildfire Danger Outputs: A Test Case for the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System, Climate, 7 (4), 52, https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7040052
2018
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2018). The National Integrated Drought Information System Drought and Wildland Fire Nexus (NDAWN) Strategic Plan: 2018–2022, 12 pp., Prepared for NIDIS, September 2018.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2018). Fire Extremes II. Annual Performance Report, 4 pp., April 2018.
McEvoy, D. J., Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Hobbins, M., Huntington, J. L., Svoboda, M. (2018). Developing a Wildfire Component for the NIDIS California Drought Early Warning System. Annual Progress Report, NOAA SARP, 9 pp., April 2018.
2017
Wall, T. U., Meadow, A. M., Horangic, A. M. (2017). Developing Evaluation Indicators to Improve the Process of Coproducing Usable Climate Science, Weather, Climate, and Society, 9 (1), 95-107, 10.1175/wcas-d-16-0008.1
Velez, A. K., Diaz, J. M., Wall, T. U. (2017). Public information seeking, place-based risk messaging and wildfire preparedness in southern California, Int. J. Wildland Fire, 26 (6), 469-477, 10.1071/WF16219
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2017). Spot Weather Forecasts: Improving Utilization, Communication, and Perceptions of Accuracy in Sophisticated User Groups, Weather, Climate and Society, 9, 215-226, 10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0055.1
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2017). Fire Extremes II. Annual Performance Report, Submitted, 3 pp., April 2017.
Brown, T. J., McEvoy, D. J., Wall, T. U., Hobbins, M., Huntington, J. L., Svoboda, M. (2017). Developing a Wildfire Component for the NIDIS California Drought Early Warning System. Annual Progress Report, NOAA SARP, Submitted, 10 pp., April 2017.
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2017). Fire Stories – Understanding Wildland Firefighters’ Perceptions of Unpredictable and Extreme Fire Behavior. Final Report for U.S. Forest Service Research, Development and Applications Program, Submitted, 28 pp., December 2017.
Wall, T. U., McNie, E., Garfin, G. M. (2017). Use-inspired science: making science usable by and useful to decision makers, Front. Ecol. Environ., 15 (10), 551-559, 10.1002/fee.1735
2016
Horangic, A. M., Berry, K., Wall, T. U. (2016). Influences On Stakeholder Participation In Water Negotiations: A Case Study From The Klamath Basin, Soc. Nat. Res., 29 (12), 1421-1435, 10.1080/08941920.2016.1144837
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2016). Fire Extremes. Final Performance Report, 32 pp., April 2016, Accepted.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2016). Fire Extremes. Annual Performance Report, 2 pp., April 2016, Accepted.
2015
Meadow, A., Ferguson, D., Guido, Z., Horangic, A. M., Owen, G., Wall, T. U. (2015). Moving toward the Deliberate Coproduction of Climate Science Knowledge, Weather Climate and Society, 7 (2), 179-191, 10.1175/wcas-d-14-00050.1
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Improving Utilization, Communication, and Perceptions of Accuracy in Sophisticated User Groups, Weather, Climate, and Society, Reviewed.
Wall, T. U., Garfin, G., Brugger, J., Hartmann, H., Brown, T. J. (2015). Scenario Planning in the Great Basin Region: Considering Climate Change Impacts and Management Strategies for the Future, Final Report, 23 p., Desert Research Institute
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2015). Fire Extremes. Annual Performance Report, April 2015, 3 pp.
Wall, T. U., Meadow, A. M., Horangic, A. M. (2015). Developing Evaluation Indicators to Improve the Process of Co-producing Usable Climate Science, Wea. Clim. Soc.
2014
Wall, T. U., Velez, A. K., Diaz, J. (2014). Wildfire Readiness in the Southern California Wildland-Urban Interace
Conference Proceedings
2019
VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U. (2019). Understanding the Potential for Public Misinterpretation of Forecast Information: SAWTI and the “Purple Flag Warning”, 99th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society: Phoenix, AZ, January 6, 2019-January 10, 2019
Wall, T. U. (2019). Ultimate Team Building: How Boundary Spanning Organizations Fill the Gap Between Science and Solutions, National Adaptation Forum: Madison, WI, April 23, 2019-April 25, 2019, Presented.
2018
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2018). Red Flag Warnings – Do They Adequately Warn the Public and Support Resource Management?, IAWF 15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference: Asheville, NC, December 10, 2018-December 14, 2018
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Kimutis, N. (2018). Red Flag Warning criteria, National Weather Service Fire Weather Workshop: Boise, ID, September 18, 2018-September 20, 2018
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2018). The NIDIS Drought and Wildfire Nexus, IAWF Fire Continuum Conference: Missoula, MT, May 21, 2018-May 25, 2018
Brown, T. J., McEvoy, D. J., Wall, T. U., Hobbins, M. (2018). Connecting Drought and Wildfire, American Meteorological Society 12th Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium: Boise, ID, May 15, 2018-May 17, 2018
McEvoy, D. J., Brown, T. J., Huntington, J. L., Wall, T. U., VanderMolen, K.A., Hobbins, M., Svoboda, M. (2018). Update: Establishing Relationships between Drought and Wildfire Danger Indices for Improved Wildfire Risk Management, California FIRESCOPE, May 9, 2018
McEvoy, D. J., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Huntington, J. L., Hobbins, M., Svoboda, M. (2018). Establishing Relationships between Drought and Wildfire Danger Indices for Improved Wildfire Risk Management, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 7, 2018-January 11, 2018
McEvoy, D. J., Hobbins, M., Brown, T. J., VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U. (2018). The Evaporative Demand Drought Index: Research and Applications for Wildland Fire Management, Predictive Services Winter Meeting: Meridian, Idaho, December 4, 2018-December 6, 2018
McEvoy, D. J., Hobbins, M., Brown, T. J., VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U. (2018). The Evaporative Demand Drought Index: Research and Applications for Wildland Fire Management, Advanced Fire Environment Learning Unit Fall Webinar, November 7, 2018
McEvoy, D. J., Hobbins, M., Brown, T. J., VanderMolen, K.A., Wall, T. U., Huntington, J. L., Svoboda, M. (2018). Establishing Relationships Between Drought and Wildfire Danger Indices for Improved Wildfire Risk Management, Nevada Water Resources Association Fall Symposium: Reno, Nevada, September 25, 2018-September 26, 2018
2017
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). [Untitled presentation], NIDIS Drought and Wildfire Nexus (NDAWN) Sub-Regional Workshop: Reno, NV, December 7, 2017, Presented.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). Understanding the role of past, current and future drought information in wildland fire management, 7th Association of Fire Ecology International Fire Congress, Fire Circle Workshop: Orlando, FL, November 29, 2017
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). [Untitled presentation], Regional Climate Centers Strategic Goals: Kansas City, MO, November 7, 2017-November 8, 2017, Presented.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). Wildfire +Drought, California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System First Annual Coordination Workshop: Reno, NV, June 21, 2017-June 22, 2017
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). [Untitled presentation], NDAWN Sub-Regional Workshop: Vancouver, WA, June 1, 2017, Presented.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). [Untitled presentation], NDAWN Sub-Regional Workshop: Missoula, MT, May 31, 2017, Presented.
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). Understanding the role of past, current and future drought information in the implementation of the Cohesive Strategy, International Association of Wildland Fire National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop: Reno, NV, April 27, 2017
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2017). Changes in Fire Extremes and Beyond Firefighter Experience, 14th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit: Barcelona, Spain, January 31, 2017
2016
Sheffield, A., Marrs, A., Wall, T. U., Cayan, D., Kalansky, J., Redmond, K. T., Huntington, J. L., McEvoy, D. J. (2016). Creating a Regional Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) for California and Nevada: Building Off of Information Gathered and Lessons Learned After 5 Years of Drought, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-December 16, 2016
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Lahm, P. (2016). The nexus of drought, smoke, and societal impacts, IAWF 2nd International Smoke Symposium: Long Beach, CA, November 14, 2016-November 17, 2016
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U. (2016). Utilizing drought science and information in wildfire managment decision context, IAWF 5th International Fuels and Fire Behavior Conference: Portland, OR, April 12, 2016-April 14, 2016
Wall, T. U. (2016). Spot Weather Forecasts: Improving Utilization, Communication and Perceptions of Accuracy in Sophisticated Stakeholder Groups, Annual Regional Integrated Science Assessments (RISA) Meeting: Tucson, AZ, February 23, 2016-February 25, 2016
Wall, T. U. (2016). Understanding Fire Risk in Southern California Homeowners, Annual AAG Meeting: San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2016-April 1, 2016
Wall, T. U. (2016). How Do We Make the Complex Tradeoffs Necessary to Effectively Manage Fuels for Ecosystem Health and Public Safety?, IAWF Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Portland, OR, April 11, 2016-April 14, 2016, Plenary Panel Discussion Lead, Simulcast between Portland, OR, and Melbourne, Australia.
Wall, T. U. (2016). Alternative Futures for the Great Basin and Eastern California?Communicating Across the Landscape and Using Narrative Stories to Understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge in The Great Basin, Natural Areas Conference: Davis, CA, October 17, 2016-October 19, 2016
Wall, T. U. (2016). Making Climate Science Useful: Evaluating Co-Produced Climate Science?Is What We Are Doing Working?, American Evaluators Association Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA, October 24, 2016-October 27, 2016
2015
Meadow, A., Wall, T. U., Horangic, A. M. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of Climate Science Produced in the Southwest Climate Science Center on Resource Management Agency Decisions, Presentation, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 6, 2015
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Climate, Fuels, and People, 6th International Wildland Fire Conference: Pyeonghchang, Korea, October 13, 2015
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Fire, Fuels, and People – Part 1, International Association of Wildland Fire Human Dimensions Conference: Boise, ID, April 20, 2015
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Nauslar, N. J. (2015). Fire Extremes and the Triangle of Fire, Fuels, and People – Part 2, International Association of Wildland Fire Human Dimensions Conference: Boise, ID, April 20, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Fire Stories: Wildland Fire Fighters Perceptions of _____ Fire Behavior, National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Behavior Subcommittee: Phoenix, AZ, October 9, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Challenges in Adapting to Climate Change, Great Basin Consortium Conference: Boise, ID, February 17, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Tradeoffs: Living in the Burning West, Today and Tomorrow, Air & Waste Management Association: Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV, February 3, 2015
Wall, T. U., Rolinski, T. (2015). Santa Ana Winds Threat Index (SAWTI), Digital Government and Society Conference: Phoenix, AZ, May 28, 2015
Wall, T. U. (2015). Learning Networks and Evaluation in Climate Science, Annual Meeting of the Regional Integrated Science & Assessments Teams: Charleston, SC, January 13, 2015
Wall, T. U., Meadow, A. (2015). Evaluating The Impact of Climate Science Produced In The Southwest Climate Science Center, 95th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2015
2014
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, Wildland Fire Canada 2014: Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 7, 2014
Brown, T. J., Wall, T. U., Nauslar, N. J. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, VII International Conference on Forest Fire Research: Coimbra, Portugal, November 17, 2014
Garfin, G., Wall, T. U., Haartmann, H., Brugger, J., Brown, T. J. (2014). Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Great Basin, University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Poster Forum: Tucson, AZ, November 10, 2014
Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Sexton, T. (2014). Extremes in Fire – The Intersection of Climate, Fuels and People, Large Wildland Fires – Social, Political and Ecological Effects Conference: Missoula, MT, May 19, 2014
Wall, T. U. (2014). Update on the fire extremes project, Invited talk. National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Fire Behavior Subcommittee: Boise, ID, October 7, 2014
Wall, T. U. (2014). California-Nevada-Hawaii Forest Fire Council. Extremes in Fire-the intersection of Climate, Fuels, and People, Invited talk.: South Lake Tahoe, CA, October 22, 2014
McCarthy, M. A., Kenneston, A., Wall, T. U., Brown, T. J., Redmond, K. T. (2014). Climate Resiliency Planning: Making Extreme Event Science Useful for Managers and Planners in Northern Nevada, Vol. 1, p. 4059, In 2014 AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2014
2013
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