Nevada has a new state climatologist—Douglas Boyle, who comes from a research background in climate control, and is a professor in the University of Nevada, Reno’s geography department. Boyle is a member of Nevada’s Drought Response Committee, the Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Water Resources. He is a paleoclimate modeler, and has conducted extensive research on groundwater hydrolic systems in arid and semi-arid environments, including areas of south America, Tibet and Nevada’s Great Basin ecosystem.
The state climatologist’s position is through the Nevada State Climate Office, a department in UNR’s college of science. The office’s website features the Nevada Drought Plan (“Dry spell,” May 31), research on the region’s climate activity and a climate archive. Check out more at http://www.climate.unr.edu/index.html.