Dr. Anthony L. Westerling


Ph.D., 2000 — University of California, San Diego

B.A., 1987 — University of California, Los Angeles

Current Position: 
Associate Professor, School of Engineering
Research Interests: 
  • Applied climatology
  • Climate-ecosystem-wildfire interactions
  • Statistical modeling for seasonal forecasts, paleofire reconstructions, and climate change impact assessments
  • Resource management and policy

 Hurteau, M.D., A.L. Westerling, C. Wiedinmyer, B.P Bryant: Ê"Projected California Wildfire Emissions for Climate Change and Development Scenarios through 2100," , in preparation.

Fleishman, Belnap, Cobb, Enquist, Ford, MacDonald, Pellant, Schoennagel, Schmit, Schwartz, Van Drunick, Westerling: "Chapter 8: Natural Ecosystems" The Southwest Climate Assessment Technical Report, In Review.

Bryant, B.P., A.L. Westerling: "Scenarios to Evaluate Long-term Wildfire Risk in California: new methods for considering links between changing demography, land use and climate" Public Interest Energy Research, California Energy Commision, Sacramento, CA. In Review.

Pierce, D.W., A.L. Westerling, J. Oyler: "Future Humidity Trends over the Western United States in Global Climate Models and the Variable Infiltration Capacity Hydrological Modeling System" Journal of Climate, In Revision.

Westerling, A.L. | S.P. Harrison and P.J. Bartlein 2012: "Fire: Are we facing an increase in wildfires?" PAGES news, 20(1):24-25. (link to Journal issue)

Westerling, A.L., B.P. Bryant, H.K. Preisler, T.P. Holmes, H. Hidalgo, T. Das, and S. Shrestha 2011: "Climate Change and Growth Scenarios for California Wildfire" Climatic Change, 109(s1):445-463.

Westerling, A.L. 2011: "Brevia: Climate Change Could Rapidly Transform Greater Yellowstone Fire Regimes" Mountain Views: The Newsletter of the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains (CIRMOUNT), 5(2):30-32.

Westerling, A.L., M.G. Turner, E.H. Smithwick, W.H. Romme, M.G. Ryan 2011: "Continued warming could transform Greater Yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st Century" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(32),13165-13170.

Preisler, H.K., A.L. Westerling, K. M. Gebert, F. Munoz-Arriola, T. Holmes 2011: "Spatially explicit forecasts of large wildland fire probability and suppression costs for California" International Journal of Wildland Fire, 20, 508-517.