National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Western Water Assessment
Secondary Core Area
The potential use of climate information and forecasts in natural resource management, including the analysis of management decision processes.
Ph.D. 2004 University of Colorado
Andrea Ray is a research scientist in the Physical Sciences Division of NOAA. 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, 2003, Ray and Webb, 2001) and analysis of the climate information needs of reservoir managers and others (Ray et al., 2000).