Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

National Climate Assessment science support Phone: +1 828.257.3006 Email: laura.stevens@cicsnc.org Orcid: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8842-702X Highlights 2015

Biography

Laura Stevens provides primary science and technical support for NOAA and the National Climate Assessment. This includes the development of climate data analysis products, as well as research on Assessment-relevant topics. Her research involves the analysis of observational and climate model data sets, such as NOAA’s Climate Divisional Dataset (nClimDiv) and Localized Constructed Analogs statistically downscaled climate projections (LOCA). This work has led to the development of several figures included in the Third National Climate Assessment and subsequent NCA reports.

In addition to data analysis and research, Ms. Stevens has worked on projects with the NCA Technical Support Unit editorial, graphics, and data teams, including comprehensive metadata compilation for many NCA figures and datasets. She also regularly participates in weather and climate-related outreach activities with the local community, and works to organize volunteer events for NCICS personnel on an annual basis.

Prior to joining NCICS, Ms. Stevens earned a master’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research investigated the influence of modifying droplet concentrations on the properties of stratocumulus clouds and climate (using both global and cloud-resolving models), as well as examining the potential for a cloud droplet modification geoengineering technique.

Ms. Stevens joined NCICS as a Research Associate in September 2010.

Publications

2018

Runkle, J., K. Kunkel, and L. Stevens, 2018: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands State Climate Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-PR, 4 pp., https://statesummaries.ncics.org/pr

2017

Kunkel, K., R. Frankson, J. Runkle, S. Champion, L. Stevens, D. Easterling, and B. Stewart, 2017: State Climate Summaries for the United States. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149., http://stateclimatesummaries.globalchange.gov/

USGCRP, 2017: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I. D. J. Wuebbles, D. W. Fahey, K. A. Hibbard, D. J. Dokken, B. C. Stewart, and T. K. Maycock, Eds., 470 pp., U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.7930/J0J964J6

2015

Kunkel, K. E., R. S. Vose, L. E. Stevens, and R. W. Knight, 2015: Is the monthly temperature climate of the United States becoming more extreme? Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 2014GL062035. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014GL062035

Sun, L., K. E. Kunkel, L. E. Stevens, A. Buddenberg, J. G. Dobson, and D. R. Easterling, 2015: Regional Surface Climate Conditions in CMIP3 and CMIP5 for the United States: Differences, Similarities, and Implications for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. NOAA Technical Report, NESDIS 144, 111 pp. http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5RB72KG

2013

Konrad, C. E., C. M. Fuhrmann, A. Bilot, B. D. Keim, M. C. Kruk, K. E. Kunkel, H. Needham, M. Shafer, and L. Stevens, 2013: Climate of the Southeast USA: Past, Present, and Future. Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts, and Vulnerability. K.T. Ingram, K. Dow, L. Carter, and J. Anderson, Eds., Island Press, Washington, D.C., 8-42.

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, J. Rennells, A. DeGaetano, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 1. Climate of the Northeast U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-1, 79 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-1-Climate_of_the_Northeast_US.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, C. E. Konrad II, C. M. Fuhrman, B. D. Keim, M. C. Kruk, A. Billet, H. Needham, M. Schafer, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 2. Climate of the Southeast U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-2, 94 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-2-Climate_of_the_Southeast_US.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, S.D. Hilberg, M. S. Timlin, L. Stoecker, N. E. Westcott, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 3. Climate of the Midwest U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-3, 95 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-3-Climate_of_the_Midwest_US.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, M. C. Kruk, D. P. Thomas, M. Shulski, N. Umphlett, K. Hubbard, K. Robbins, L. Romolo, A. Akyuz, T. Pathak, T. Bergantino, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 4. Climate of the U.S. Great Plains, NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-4, 82 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-4-Climate_of_the_US_Great_Plains.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, K. T. Redmond, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 5. Climate of the Southwest U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-5, 79 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-5-Climate_of_the_Southwest_U.S.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, K. T. Redmond, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 6. Climate of the Northwest U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-6, 75 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-6-Climate_of_the_Northwest_U.S.pdf

Stewart, B. C., K. E. Kunkel, L. E. Stevens, L. Sun, and J. E. Walsh, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 7. Climate of Alaska, NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-7, 60 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-7-Climate_of_Alaska.pdf

Keener, V. W., K. Hamilton, S. K. Izuka, K. E. Kunkel, L. E. Stevens, and L. Sun, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 8. Climate of the Pacific Islands, NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-8, 44 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-8-Climate_of_the_Pacific_Islands.pdf

Kunkel, K. E., L. E. Stevens, S. E. Stevens, L. Sun, E. Janssen, D. Wuebbles, and J. G. Dobson, 2013: Part 9. Climate of the Contiguous United States, NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-9, 78 pp. https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/NOAA_NESDIS_Tech_Report_142-9-Climate_of_the_Contiguous_United_States.pdf

2012

Stevens, L. E., 2012: Climatological color schemes suitable for color-blind readers, CICS-NC (white paper).

2011

Stevens, L., 2011: Influence of varying droplet concentrations on properties of marine stratocumulus clouds and climate. M.Phil. thesis, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, 123 pp.

2010

Latham, J., P. Rasch, C. C. Chen, L. Kettles, A. Gadian, A. Gettelman, H. Morrison, K. Bower and T. Choularton, 2010: Global temperature stabilization via controlled albedo enhancement of low-level maritime clouds. Geo-engineering Climate Change: Environmental Neccessity or Pandora's Box? B. Launder and J. Thompson, Eds., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 207-228.

2009

Gadian, A., A. Blyth, J. Latham, S. Salter, and L. Stevens, 2009: Whitening the clouds. Planet Earth, Winter, 9-11.

2008

Latham, J., P. Rasch, C. C. Chen, L. Kettles, A. Gadian, A. Gettelman, H. Morrison, K. Bower, and T. Choularton, 2008: Global temperature stabilization via controlled albedo enhancement of low-level maritime clouds. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, A366, 3969–3987. http://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2008.0137

Presentations

2018

Stevens, L. E., and D. S. Arndt, 2018: Managing a multi-agency set of climate indicators, NCEI Seminar Series, Asheville, NC, 28 August 2018.

Stevens, L. E., K. E. Kunkel, and S. E. Stevens, 2018: The Role of Atmospheric Water Vapor in the Observed Upward Trend in Extreme Precipitation, 32nd Conference on Hydrology, 98th AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 9 January 2018.

2017

Champion S. M., L. E. Stevens, K. E. Kunkel, B. C. Stewart, D.R. Easterling, R. Frankson, J. Runkle, L. Sun, J. Griffin, and S. Veasey, 2017: NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: A Resource for Decision Makers, 12th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Practice, 97th AMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, 24 January 2017.

Stevens, L. E., K. E. Kunkel, D.R. Easterling, J. C. Biard, L. Sun, and T. R. Thompson, 2017: Climate Scenarios Development for the Fourth National Climate Assessment. American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, 27 June 2017.

Stevens, L. E., S. M. Champion, K. E. Kunkel, R. Frankson, J. Runkle, B. C. Stewart, D.R. Easterling, L. Sun, 2017: State Climate Summaries for the United States: Scientific Analyses and Processes. American Meteorological Society 23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC, 26 June 2017.

Stevens, L. E., S. M. Champion, K. E. Kunkel, R. Frankson, J. Runkle, B. C. Stewart, D. R. Easterling, L. Sun, J. Griffin, and S. Veasey, 2017: NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: State Level Trends in Temperature and Precipitation, 29th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, 97th AMS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 24 January 2017.

2016

Champion S. M., K. E. Kunkel, R. Frankson, D.R. Easterling, J. Griffin, J. Runkle, L. E. Stevens, B. C. Stewart, L. Sun, and S. Veasey, 2017: NOAA’s State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment: A Sustained Assessment Product, 2016 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14 December 2016.

Stevens, L. E., S. M. Champion, R. Frankson, J. Runkle, and K. E. Kunkel, 2016: NOAA’s State Summaries for the National Climate Assessment. 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Charlotte, NC, 13 September 2016.

2015

Rennie, J., A. Buddenberg, K. Gassert, R. Leeper, L. E. Stevens, and S. E. Stevens, 2015: Computation, Analysis and Visualization of In-Situ and Remote Sensing Data using Python, 95th AMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 5 January 2015.

Stevens, L. E., 2015: Climate Change Impacts in the United States. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (presentation for AB Tech Environmental Biology Students), Asheville, NC, 10 March 2015.

2014

Stevens, L. E., K. E. Kunkel, R.S. Vose, and R.W. Knight, 2014: Has the Temperature Climate of the United States Become More Extreme?, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 16 December 2014.

Stevens, L. E., 2014: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (presentation for AB Tech Environmental Biology Students), Asheville, NC, 3 November 2014.

Stevens, L. E., 2014: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, French Broad Mensa Meeting, Asheville, NC, 13 September 2014.

Stevens, L. E., 2014: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC, 31 July 2014.

Stevens, L. E., and R. Taylor, 2014: Climate Change Impacts in the United States, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (presentation for the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Friends of Creation group), Asheville, NC, 6 June 2014.

Stevens, L. E., and K.E. Kunkel, 2014: Climate Change in the Carolinas, 2014 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Charlotte, NC, 29 April 2014.

Stevens, L. E., 2014: National Climate Assessment: An Overview, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (presentation for the Montreat Presbyterian Earth Care Team), Asheville, NC, 21 March 2014.

Stevens, L. E., 2014: National Climate Assessment Panel Discussion, 13th Annual American Meteorological Society Student Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2 February 2014.

Taylor, R., and L. E. Stevens, 2014: Teaching Climate Using the Third National Assessment, AGU-NESTA Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) Workshop 2014, San Francisco, CA, 15 December 2014.

2013

Seyller, E., K. E. Kunkel, and L. E. Stevens, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the United States, GreenGov Workshop on Climate Science and Adaptation Planning, Washington, D.C., 2 August 2013.

Stevens, L. E. and A. Buddenberg, 2013: Climate Modeling for the National Climate Assessment, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC, 11 September 2013.

2012

Stevens, L. E. and K. E. Kunkel, 2012: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the United States: Input to the National Climate Assessment, 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 3 December 2012.

Stevens, L. E., 2012: Regional Climate Trends and Outlooks for the United States, Systemic Impacts of Climate on Transportation Workshop, Washington, D.C., 11 October 2012.

Stevens, L. E., and K. E. Kunkel, 2012: Climate Trends and Outlooks for the United States, NCA Technical Workshop on Rural Communities, Charleston, SC, 13 February 2012.

2011

Stevens, L. E., K. E. Kunkel, and S. E. Stevens, 2011: Analysis of CMIP3 Daily Statistically-Downscaled Data, CICS Science Meeting 2011, Asheville, NC, 2 November 2011.