OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor & Director, PRISM Climate Group
Name: Chris Daly
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Geosciences, PRISM Group; & Northwest Alliance for Computational Science & Engineering (NACSE)
Education:

Ph.D. 1994, general science (climate and vegetation modeling), Oregon State University, Corvallis
M.A. 1984, geography (forest geography and microclimatology), University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S. 1978, atmospheric sciences, University of California, Davis


Research Theme: PRISM is a unique knowledge-based system that uses point measurements of precipitation, temperature, and other climatic factors to produce continuous, digital grid estimates of monthly, yearly, and event-based climatic parameters. Continuously updated, this unique analytical tool incorporates point data, a digital elevation model, and expert knowledge of complex climatic extremes, including rain shadows, coastal effects, and temperature inversions. PRISM data sets are recognized world-wide as the highest-quality spatial climate data sets currently available. PRISM is the USDA’s official climatological data.

Research Fields:

Climatology
Geographic Information Systems
Impacts Physical
Instrumentation
Modeling Climate
Physical Ecology

Professional Activities:

Maintains and updates PRISM gridded precipitation and temperature data sets for the US, available at http://prism.oregonstate.edu

CHAIR, Applied Climatology Committee, American Meteorological Society, 2005-2008; MEMBER, Applied Climatology Committee, American Meteorological Society, 2002-2004; CO-PROGRAM CHAIR, 17th Conference on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society, August, 2008, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; PROGRAM CHAIR, 16th Conference on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society, January, 2007, San Antonio, TX; CO-PROGRAM CHAIR, 15th Conference on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society, June, 2005, Savannah, GA; CO-PROGRAM CHAIR, 14th Conference on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society, January, 2004, Seattle, WA; PROGRAM COMMITTEE, 1st Pacific Northwest Climate Conference, June 2010, Portland, OR; CO-AUTHOR, American Meteorological Society Statement on Drought, released 2003

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Climate Program, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Site, 2000 – present MEMBER, Climate Committee, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Site, 1992 – present

MEMBER, Western Integrated Pest Management Weather Systems Working Group, 2004-present

MEMBER, American Meteorological Society, 1977-1985, 2003-present MEMBER, Ecological Society of America, 1993-present MEMBER, American Geophysical Union, 1991-present

Selected Publications:

Daly, C., D.R. Conklin, and M.H. Unsworth. 2009. Local atmospheric decoupling in complex topography alters climate change impacts. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2007.

Daly, C., Halbleib, M., Smith, J.I., Gibson, W.P., Doggett, M.K., Taylor, G.H., Curtis, J., and Pasteris, P.A. 2008. Physiographically-sensitive mapping of temperature and precipitation across the conterminous United States. International Journal of Climatology, 28: 2031-2064.

Daly, C., J.I. Smith, and R. McKane. 2007. High-resolution spatial modeling of daily weather elements for a catchment in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 46:1565-1586.

Daly, C., W.P. Gibson, G.H. Taylor, M.K. Doggett, and J.I. Smith. 2007. Observer bias in daily precipitation measurements at United States Cooperative network stations. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88:899-912.

Nolin, A.W., and C. Daly. 2006. Mapping “at-risk” snow in the Pacific Northwest, USA. 2006. Journal of Hydrometeorology: 7:1164-1171.