Ray Quay

  • Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Decision Center for a Desert City
Arizona State University
PO Box 878209
Tempe, AZ 85287-8209
Email: Ray.Quay@asu.edu


Ray Quay is currently a Research Professional with the Decision Center for a Desert City project in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University where he is involved in research on water resources, climate change, urban heat island, regional growth policy issues and scenario analysis.  Previously he was the Assistant Director of Water Services for the City of Phoenix and also served as the Assistant Director of Planning for Phoenix, the Assistant Director of Planning for Arlington Texas, the Director of planning for Galveston Texas, and a research associate at the Rice Center in Houston Texas.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has authored numerous books and articles related to urban planning and water resources including coauthoring Master Change with Bruce McClendon,  editor of The Greater Phoenix Regional Atlas: A Preview of the Region’s 50 Year Future, and recently “Managing Water Resources, The Central Issue for Sustaining Life” in Understanding Sustainable Cities, “Anticipatory Governance: A Tool for Climate Change Adaptation” and co-authoring of Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, a Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Environmental Planning and Design at Arizona State University.


water resource management; climate change adaptation; water resource planning; growth management


PhD, Environmental Design and Planning, Arizona State University, 2011

MS, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas, 1978

BS, Biology and Environmental Studies, Baylor University, 1976

Journal Articles


Middel, A., N. Chhetri and R. Quay. 2015. Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix residential neighborhoods. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 14(1):178-186. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2014.09.010. (link)

Quay, R. 2015. Planning for demand uncertainty in integrated water resource planning. Journal – American Water Works Association (JAWWA) 107(2):32-41.


Gober, P., K. L. Larson, R. Quay, C. Polsky, H. Chang and V. Shandas. 2013. Why land planners and water managers don't talk to one another and why they should!. Society and Natural Resources 26(3):356-364. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2012.713448.

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McClendon, B., M. Birch and R. Quay. 2013. Customer Service.Gov: Technology Tools and Customer Service Principles for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Government. Citygate Press. Folsom, California.


Holway, J. M., C. J. Gabbe, F. Hebbert, J. Lally, R. Matthews and R. Quay. 2012. Opening access to scenario planning tools. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Cambridge, MA.


McClendon, B. W. and R. Quay. 1988. Mastering Change: Winning strategies for Effective Urban Planning. American Planning Association (Planners Press).

Book Chapters

In Press

Gober, P. and R. Quay. In Press. Harnessing urban water demand: The challenges ahead. In: Seto, K. C. and W. Solecki eds., Handbook on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Routledge.


Quay, R. 2015. Managing water and its use: The central issue for sustaining human settlements. Pp. Chapter 10 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Gober, P., D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and C. W. Kirkwood. 2014. Socio-hydrology modelling for an uncertain future, with examples from the USA and Canada. In: Riddick, A. T., H. Kessler and J. R. Giles eds., Integrated Environmental Modelling to Solve Real World Problems: Methods, Vision and Challenges. Vol 408. The Geological Society of London. DOI: 10.1144/SP408.2. (link)

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Castañeda, J., D. Sversvold and R. Quay. 2015. Factors affecting water use in sparse landscapes. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Quay, R. 2015. Using exploratory scenario analysis for water resource planning under conditions of high uncertainty. Poster presented at the American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference, March 15-18, 2015, Portland, OR.

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay and D. D. White. 2015. A browser interface to WaterSim 5. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Quay, R. 2015. Anticipatory demand planning—Planning for the future of water demand: A new approach. Presentation at the American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference, March 15-18, 2015, Portland, OR.

Quay, R. 2015. Uncertainty and water demand planning: An anticipatory approach. Presentation at the American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference, March 15-18, 2015, Portland, OR.

Quay, R., D. D. White and D. A. Sampson. 2015. Exploring water complexity and uncertainty with practitioners and the public using WaterSim. Presentation at the CLIMAS Colloquium Series, February 26, 2015, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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Middel, A., R. Quay and D. D. White. 2013. Water reuse in central Arizona. Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University. Technical Report 13-01.

Thesis (PHD)


Quay, R. 2011. Advanced scenario analysis: Tools for enhancing social resiliency - evaluating advanced scenario analysis in regional growth visioning. Arizona State University. PhD Dissertation defended November 16, 2011. Committee members David Pijawka (chair), Ralph (Rick) Shangraw, and Jim Holway. (link)

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