Scotty Strachan

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The NSF EPSCoR-funded Nevada Climate Change Project seeks to create a central, reusable, extensible infrastructure that can be used to collect geospatial climate data and information. Housing climate data for Nevada and its surrounding regions during the initial construction phases, the newly created system (with its central component: the Nevada Climate(More)
Created with support from an NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant completed in 2013, the Nevada Climate Change Portal (NCCP) serves as a cyberinfrastructure hub that provides data and computing resources for scientists studying the effects of climate change in Nevada. In particular, the NCCP has been designed for data acquisition,(More)
The strategic location of Nevado de Colima within the North American Monsoon system can be shown by the correlation (r) from 1915 to 1997 between the Nevado de Colima tree-ring chronology (green star) and summer (June through August) Palmer Drought Severity Index over US climate divisions (Biondi 2001). Notice the relationship with the Midwest plains, which(More)
2010) showcased the instrumented transects that are part of the NSF-EPSCoR project to build " Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach ". This five-year award (2008-2013) funds science, education, and outreach infrastruc-State College (NSC), and the community colleges that are part of the Nevada System of Higher Education(More)
Vegetation processes in terrestrial ecosystems are closely linked with wildfire regime, but fire histories at the boundary between the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts of North America are relatively sparse. We investigated wildfire regime and its driving factors before and after Euro-American settlement in high-elevation mixed-conifer ecosystems that are(More)
Spring Valley, Nevada, is one of several areas proposed for the pumping and export of groundwater to Las Vegas by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Long-term annual-to-decadal variability of water supply in the region is not well understood, so tree-ring records were used to develop a longer baseline of variability in streamflow and drought episodes.(More)
Climate research projects traditionally handle data collection and management activities in an isolated manner, targeting and satisfying only the needs of project researcher(s). While this model successfully allows researchers to meet their immediate data needs for a given project, it has the unfortunate effect of creating data sets that exist in a variety(More)
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