Laura Stevens

Laura Stevens

National Climate Assessment science support Phone: +1 828.257.3006 Email: Laura.Stevens@noaa.gov 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

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/

2015

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Philos. Trans. Roy. Soc., A366, 3969–3987, doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0137.

Presentations

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

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

Stevens, L. E., and K. E. Kunkel, 2014: Climate Change Impacts in the United States. 2014 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC, 31 July 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.

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.