Andrea Ray

  • Andrea Ray
    NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

    Andrea Ray

    Physical Scientist

    Andrea Ray (Ph.D.) is a scientist with the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories. She studies user needs for seasonal/decadal and longer forecasts, projections, and knowledge, and also studies decisionmaking, policy, and how information may be applied to societal challenges, particularly in natural resource management & adaptation. She often serves as a technical expert and participant in planning and policy teams, working to transition research results into applications, as operational products or directly to decisionmakers via assessments. Currently, she is serving on cross-NOAA teams to plan integrated assessments of current and future climate; to assess needs of a wide range of planners and decisionmakers for information on weather and climate extremes; and is working with NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service to incorporate risks of climate change into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission planning process for licensing or re-licensing dams. She recently led the "Rapid-Response Climate Assessment to Support the FWS Status Review of the American Pika," and was one of the lead authors of "Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation."

    Previously, Dr. Ray worked for the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research headquarters offices for planning, coordination, and evaluation; the NOAA Policy and Strategic Planning Office; and was a program manager for the NOAA Pan-American Climate Studies research program. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Environment and Society Interactions), and a graduate certificate in environmental policy from the University of Colorado, and an M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies.

Publications

  • Barsugli, J.J., A.J. Ray, B. Livneh, C.F. Dewes, A. Heldmyer, I. Rangwala, J.M. Guinotte, and S. Torbit (2020). Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains. Earth's Future.   doi: 10.1029/2020EF001537

  • Yocum, H.M. and A.J. Ray (2019). Climate Information to Support Wildlife Management in the North Central United States. Regional Environmental Change, 19 (4): 1187–99.   doi: 10.1007/s10113-019-01474-y

  • Averyt, K., J.D. Derner, L. Dilling, R. Guerrero, L. Joyce, S. McNeeley, E. McNie, J. Morisette, D. Ojima, R. O'Malley, D. Peck, A.J. Ray, M. Reeves, and W. Travis (2018). Regional Climate Response Collaboratives: Multi-Institutional Support for Climate Resilience. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 891-898.   doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0183.1

  • Dilling, L., M.E. Daly, D.A. Kenney, R. Klein, K. Miller, A.J. Ray, W.R. Travis, and O. Wilhelmi (2018). Drought in urban water systems: Learning lessons for climate adaptive capacity. Climate Risk Management.   doi: 10.1016/j.crm.2018.11.001

  • Gordon, E., L. Dilling, E. McNie, and A. Ray (2016). Navigating scales of knowledge and decision-making in the Intermountain West: Implications for science policy. Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, Ed. A. Parris and G. Garfin, 235-254, Wiley and Sons.   http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/2016.20.pdf

  • Cayan, D., M. Tyree, K. E. Kunkel, C. Castro, A. Gershunov, J. Barsugli, A. J. Ray, J. Overpeck, M. Anderson, J. Russell, B. Rajagopalan, I. Rangwala, and P. Duffy (2013). Future Climate: Projected Averages. In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 101–125. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.   https://swcarr.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/ACCSWUS_Ch6.pdf
  • Gershunov, A., B. Rajagopalan, J. Overpeck, K. Guirguis, D. Cayan, M. Hughes, M. Dettinger, C. Castro, R. E. Schwartz, M. Anderson, A. J. Ray, J. Barsugli, T. Cavazos, and M. Alexander (2013). Future Climate: Projected Extremes. In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, 126–147. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.   https://swcarr.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/ACCSWUS_Ch7.pdf

  • Kenney, D., A. J. Ray, B. Harding, R. S. Pulwarty, and B. Udall (2010). Rethinking Vulnerability on the Colorado River. Water Resources Research, 144(1): 5-10.   

  • Lowrey, J., A. Ray, and R. Webb (2009). Factors Influencing the Use of Climate Information by Colorado Municipal Water Managers. Climate Research, 40: 103-119.   

  • Rajagopalan, B., K. Nowak, J. Prairie, M. Hoerling, B. Harding, J. Barsugli, A. Ray, and B. Udall (2009). Water Supply Risk on the Colorado River: Can Management Mitigate? Water Resources Research, 45, W08201,   doi:10.1029/2008WR007652

  • Ray, A. (2008). Water Resources Decision-Makers and Their Needs for Decadal Climate Prediction Variations. Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR), Washington, DC, U.S.   
  • Ray, A., J. Barsugli, and K. Averyt (2008). Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation. Report to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Boulder, Colorado, Western Water Assessment. Climate Change in Colorado A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation.pdf  

  • Ray, A., G. Garfin, and R. Vardy (2007). Monsoon Region Climate Applications: Integrating Climate Science with Regional Planning and Policy. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88: 933-935.   

  • Ray, A. (2003). Reservoir management in the Interior West: the influence of climate variability and functional linkages of water. In Climate, water, and transboundary challenges in the Americas, H. Diaz, and B. Morehouse, eds. Kluwer Press.   
  • Ray, A. J., N. Schmidt, B. J. Morehouse, and R. S. Webb (2003). Report on Research Opportunities for Climate and Society Interactions in the North American Monsoon Region. Workshop on Applications and Human Dimensions of Monsoon Research, Tucson, AZ, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, University of Arizona.   

  • Ray, A. (2002). Decision Analysis of Reservoir Management in the Upper Colorado Basin: Implications for using climate information to provide water for endangered species recovery. Department of Geography. Boulder, CO, University of Colorado. PhD.   

  • Ray, A., and R. Webb (2001). Demand-side perspective on climate services for reservoir management. Proceedings of the 25th Climate Diagnostics & Prediction Workshop, October 2000.   

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