Nancy Selover

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Research Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Arizona State Climatologist, State Climate Office

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 871508
Tempe, AZ 85287-1508


Funded Research Projects:
CuPIDO Cumulus Photogrammetric, In Situ and Doppler Observations. Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Joseph Zehnder, ASU Geography. Project to examine onset and development of deep convection associated with the North American Monsoon over the Catalina Mountain sky islands of southern Arizona.

Salt River Project Run-off Model. With Andrew W. Ellis, Office of Climatology, ASU Geography. Develop run-off prediction models for the Salt, Verde, and Tonto Basins using SNOTEL SWE and precipitation data. Separate models for 1st and 15th of month during RO season.

City of Phoenix Water Services Department ASU GPS Data Collection Pilot Study. PI: Dr. Elizabeth Burns, ASU Geography. Project Manager supervising graduate students in GPS data collection and GIS processing of water department infrastructure.

Crop Water Use in Central Arizona. Co-Investigator with Dr. Michael Hanrahan, Senior Research Specialist, ADWR. Project funded by Arizona Department of Water Resources to estimate actual crop water use for cotton, wheat and barley in central Arizona.

Evaporation and Climate Effects of Tempe Town Lake. PI. Partner project with City of Tempe Water Management Division, ASU Environmental Fluid Dynamics Program, and McKemy Middle School. Grant from University for the Next Century, ASU President's Office.

Temperature and Wind Speed Probabilities in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area. PI. Grant from Salt River Project Electric System Planning and Engineering Department. May through September 1999.

Arizona Thunderstorm Intercept Project (AZTC). Assistant Director since 1992. A summer research project with the National Weather Service Phoenix Forecast office and the local media to gather meteorological data ahead of approaching thunderstorms in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. One credit summer course at ASU (GPH 498).

1998 Summer
Solar energy study in Grand Canyon along the Colorado River. PI: Dr. Larry Stevens

Energy Balance studies in the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River. PI: Melvin G. Marcus

NCAR COMET Partners Project, Influence of Local Circulation Patterns on Convective Precipitation and Thunderstorm Development: Phoenix, AZ, Co-Investigators: Nancy J. Selover & Dr. Randall Cerveny, Arizona State University and Douglas Green, National Weather Service Forecast Office Phoenix.

Western Region Climate Center, Desert Research Institute, Development of Long-Range Statistical Forecast Guidance for Arizona Monsoon Precipitation. Co-Investigators: Robert C. Balling, Jr., Anthony J. Brazel, Nancy J. Selover & Randall S. Cerveny.


urban climatology; evaporation; drought; micro-climate field research; climate change


    Ph.D., Geography, Arizona State University, 2005

    M.A., Geography, Arizona State University, 1995

    B.S., Geography, Arizona State University, 1993

    B.A., Technical Theatre, University of California-Los Angeles, 1973

Journal Articles


Zehnder, J. A., L. Zhang, D. Hansford, A. Razdan, N. J. Selover and C. M. Brown. 2006. Using digital cloud photogrammetry to characterize the onset and transition from shallow to deep convection over orography. Monthly Weather Review 134(9):2527-2546.


Brazel, A. J., H. J. Fernando, J. C. Hunt, N. J. Selover, B. C. Hedquist and E. Pardyjak. 2005. Evening transition observations in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Applied Meteorology 44(1):99-112. (link)


Baker, L. A., A. J. Brazel, N. J. Selover, C. A. Martin, N. E. McIntyre, F. R. Steiner, A. L. Nelson and L. R. Musacchio. 2002. Urbanization and warming of Phoenix (Arizona, USA): Impacts, feedbacks, and mitigation. Urban Ecosystems 6(3):183-203. (link)

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Jones, T., A. J. Brazel, C. Eisinger, S. L. Harlan, B. C. Hedquist, S. E. Grineski, G. D. Jenerette, L. Larsen, M. A. Lord, J. Parker, L. Prashad, N. J. Selover, W. L. Stefanov and D. Zeigler. 2003. Neighborhood ecosystems: Human-vegetation-climate interactions in a desert metropolis. Poster presented February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)


Brazel, A. J. and N. J. Selover. 2002. The evening transition in Phoenix. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)


Brazel, A. J., C. A. Martin, D. Hope, A. W. Ellis, G. Heisler, L. A. Baker, J. R. Anderson, N. J. Selover, L. B. Stabler, R. Tomalty and J. M. Blair. 2001. CAP LTER climate. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link)



Selover, N. J. and S. McClintock. 2013. Communicating climate science to stakeholders in plain vanilla. Presentation at the AGU Chapman Conference on Communicating Climate Science, 8-13 June 2013, Granby, CO.


Selover, N. J., R. M. Aggarwal, S. Waters and H. Eakin. 2012. Case critical: Are droughts withering our resources?. Panel discussion moderated by Climate Change Science Manager, Nalini Chhetri, Thursday, September 6, 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


Brazel, A. J. and N. J. Selover. 2006. Diurnal regimes of evaporation at Tempe Town Lake, Arizona. Poster presented September 2006 to the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Eugene, OR.

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