Darrian Bertrand

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Oklahoma

Responsibilities at SC CSC:

Darrian is currently researching the frequency of future hydrologic extremes of drought and rainfall in the Red River Basin using the SC CSC’s dataset of statistically downscaled climate projections. This research was designed to aid local water resource managers and decision makers in the region to plan for changes in these extreme events through the end of the century and to mitigate for future loss. She recently completed a 20-year climatological analysis of weather conditions suitable for prescribed burning in the south-central Great Plains. This project was funded by a grant from USGS and SC CSC.


Darrian is from Broken Arrow, OK, where she discovered her passion for weather and climate. She moved to Norman, OK to pursue a B.S. in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and received her degree in 2015. Throughout her time in OU’s School of Meteorology, she realized that she wanted a career in applied climatology. This led her to continue her education at OU, where she is currently working towards a M.S. in geography. Darrian is affiliated with both the SC CSC and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), where she is performing various climate-related research.


Bertrand, D., and M. Shafer, 2016: Defining Hazards. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, in print, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00236.1.