Dr. Adrienne Wootten

Post-doctoral Research Associate

University of Oklahoma

Responsibilities at SC CSC:

Adrienne's research focuses on climate modeling with particular emphasis on how climate data can be used for impact assessments and decision making. She also leverages her experience with outreach and extension work to help ensure that SC CSC research meets the needs of stakeholders across the South Central U.S. She serves as a liason between the SC CSC and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, one of the SC CSC's consortium partners.


For nearly 10 years, Adrienne was a student researcher at the North Carolina State Climate Office and worked closely with the Southeast Climate Science Center in both research and extension capacities. She also earned her Ph.D in Atmospheric Sciences from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on climate modeling and downscaling, with emphasis on uncertainty and how the information from projections of climate can be used for decision making.


Wootten, A., A. Terando, B. Reich, R. Boyles, and F. Semazzi, in USGS review. Characterizing Sources of Uncertainty from Global Climate Models and Downscaling Techniques. J. Climate.

Bhardwaj, A., V. Misra, A. Mishra, A. Wootten , R. P. Boyles, J.H. Bowden, and A. Terando, in revision: Downscaling Future Climate Change Projections over Puerto Rico using a Non-Hydrostatic Atmospheric Model.Climatic Change.

Frankson, R., K. Kunkel, L. Stevens, D. Easterling, W. Sweet, A. Wootten, H. Aldridge, and R. Boyles, 2017: North Carolina State Summary. NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 149-NC,3 pp.

Wootten, A., J. H. Bowden, R. Boyles, and A. Terando, 2016: The Sensitivity of WRF downscaled precipitation in Puerto Rico to Cumulus Parameterization and Interior Grid Nudging. J. Applied Meteor. Climatol.

Wootten, A., K. Smith, R. Boyles, A. Terando, L. Stefanova, V. Misra, T. Smith, D. Blodgett, and F. Semazzi, 2014: Downscaled climate projections for the Southeast United States—Evaluation and use for ecological applications.U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1190 54 p. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141190