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Chris Daly

Phone: (541) 737-2531
Fax: (541) 737-6609
Primary Email:

Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering
2000 Kelley Engineering Center
Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

Link to Personal Web Page

Official position at address above: Professor and Director, PRISM Climate Group, Dept. of Geosciences
Educational Institutions attended: UC Davis, BS Atmospheric Sciences CU Boulder, MA Geography Oregon State University, PhD General Science
General Interests: Climatology. Created PRISM

*(Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model)
an analytical tool that uses point data, a digital elevation model, and other spatial
data sets to generate gridded estimates of monthly, yearly, and event-based climatic
parameters, such as precipitation, temperature, and dew point. PRISM is uniquely
designed and constantly updated to map climate in the most difficult situations,
including high mountains, rain shadows, temperature inversions, coastal regions,
and other complex climatic regimes.

*Taken from Prism website August 28, 2001:


Daly, Christopher; Widrlechner, Mark P.; Halbleib, Michael D.; Smith, Joseph I.; Gibson, Wayne P. 2012. Development of a new USDA plant hardiness zone map for the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 51(2):242-264. DOI:10.1175/2010JAMC2536.1. (Pub No: 4634)
Pepin, N. C.; Daly, C.; Lundquist, J. 2011. The influence of surface versus free-air decoupling on temperature trend patterns in the western United States. Journal of Geophysical Research. 116(D10109): doi:10.1029/2010JD014769. (Pub No: 4703)