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Andrea J. RayPhysical Scientist
- Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Dept of Geography
Dissertation: Linking climate to multi-purpose reservoir management: Adaptive capacity and needs for climate information in the Gunnison Basin, Colorado."Abstract. Advisors: William Riebsame Travis, James L. Wescoat, Roger Barry, Ronald Brunner
- Environmental Policy Certificate, Univ. of Colorado Policy Sciences Committee
- M.S. Oceanography, University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies
- A.B. Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Publications and presentations, with links to abstracts
- Curriculum vitae
- Visiting ESRL with security procedures, maps of local area, directions, and public transportation info.
- Participant in the CIRES-PSD Water in the West (WWA) a Regional integrated Science & Assessment (RISA) activity sponsored by the NOAA/Climate Program Office. Past member of the WWA Management Team. Current WWA activities include: editing the Intermountain West Climate Summary; a study of User Assessment of Large Front Range Water Providers; working with NOAA/Climate Prediction Center to respond to RISA findings and to ensure that their products respond to stakeholder needs; and organizing workshops with WWA stakeholders workshops with WWA stakeholders. My WWA homepage.
- Study on how climate variability and change might affect management of the Colorado River under the Colorado Compact, with Doug Kenney (CU Natural Resources Law Center) funded by the NOAA Climate Program Office Human Dimensions Program.
- Applications of week 2 forecasts in Lower Colorado River Management, outlooks for USBR
- North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME), member of the Science Working Group for the project and funded to study Intraseasonal-to-interannual hydrologic predictions and water resource applicationsin the NAME Tier 1 core area," with Dennis Lettenmaier (Univ of Washington) and Rene Lobato (Instituto Mexicano Tecnologia del Agua); recent publication on applications of monsoon science; collaborator on the "Border Climate Summary"
Andrea Ray is a research scientist at the NOAA Earth System Research Lab, Boulder, CO.She and her WWA colleagues recently completed a report for the Colorado Water Conservation Board,Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation" Her research interests are on the potential use of climate information and forecasts in natural resource management, including the analysis of management decision processes and how these condition the potential usability of forecasts, and pilot activities for development of NOAA climate services. Her areas of expertise include climate and society interactions, water management and development in the Western U.S., adaptive management, policy sciences, and qualitative and context-sensitive research methods.
Dr. Ray has studied the interaction of climate, reservoir management, and the evolving natural resource management context in Western Colorado, and how the interacting institutions and the governance structures in the region may influence the use of climate information (Ray, 2004) and applications of research in to serve stakeholder needs (Ray, et al. 2007).
She serves on the management team for the Western Water Assessment, a NOAA-funded integrated assessment designed to identify and characterize regional vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and to develop information, products and processes to assist water-resource decision-makers throughout the Intermountain West. She also serves on the Science Working Group for the North American Monsoon Experiment, a project funded by NOAA, NASA, and NSF. Previously, she worked in the NOAA Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and was a program manager for the NOAA/OGP Pan-American Climate Studies (PACS) research program.