Interests: Norm Miller is Staff Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab , leads the Regional Climate System Modeling Group, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona - Tucson. He is focused on understanding hydroclimate processes and related impacts based on modeling and analysis of regional climate, hydrology, and ecology, and their impacts on energy and water supply and demand, water quality, agriculture, and impacts to other sectors of society. This includes, coupled atmosphere- land surface-groundwater modeling from the site scale to continental scale; climate variability and change analyses; water and energy resources impacts, scaling theory; nonlinear coupling, feedbacks and sensitivities with climate systems; and high performance computing.
His group investigates past, present, and future climate on regional and sub-regional spatial scales and at temporal resolutions representative of weather and climate. His research includes conceptual models, numerical code development and evaluation, statistical analyses of historical and projected global and regional climate, numerical weather and streamflow ensemble prediction, seasonal forecasts, and scaling theories. We use remote-sensed observations, reanalysis data, and IPCC AOGCM projections as input forcing to our limited area models and statistical downscaling schemes to understand climate and impacts at site-to-regional scales. The Berkeley Regional Climate System Model (RCSM) is a primary tool for our research.
Recent publications include:
(Complete Publication List with PDFs: http://esd.lbl.gov/ESD_staff/miller/miller_pubs.html)
Anderson, M., N.L. Miller, B. Heiland, J. King, B. Lek, S. Nemeth, T. Pranger, M. Roos, 2006: Climate change impacts on flood management, Chapter 6, Progress on incorporating climate change into management of California's water resources. California Department of Water Resources Progress Report. Governor's Climate Initiative Report.
Hidalgo H.G., L.D. Brekke, N.L. Miller, N.W.T. Quinn, J. Keyantash and J.A.Dracup. 2006. Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Water Allocation, Water Quality and Salmon Production in the San Joaquin River Basin. In Climate Change and Variability: Consequences and Responses, Editors Matthias Ruth, Kieran Donaghy, and Paul Kirshen. ISBN-13: 9871845425999.
Jin, J, N. L. Milller, S. Sorooshian, and X. Gao, 2006: Relationship between atmospheric circulation and snowpack in the western United States. Hydrological Processes, 20, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6126.
Miller, N.L. and N.J. Schlegel, 2006: Climate change projected fire weather sensitivity: California Santa Ana wind occurrence. Geophys. Res. Letters, 33, L15711, doi:101029/2006GL25808.
Bereket, L., D. Fabris, J.E. Gonzalez, S. Chiappari, N.L. Miller, and R. Bornstein, 2005: Climatology temperature mapping for California urban heat islands. Bulletin Amer. Meteorological Soc., 86, 1542-1543.
Drechler, D., M. Kleeman, D. Cayan, K. Hayhoe, L. Kalkstein, N.L. Miller, S. Sheridan, and J. Jin, 2005: Public health impacts of climate change in California, CEC-500-2005-195-SF., 149pp.
Miller, N.L. and N.L. Schlegel, 2005: Climate change projected Santa Ana Weather Occurrence. California Governor's Climate Initiative Report, CEC-500-2005-203-SF, 17pp.
Miller, N.L., J. Jin, and C-F Tsang, 2005: Local climate sensitivity of the Three Gorges Dam, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L16704, doi 10.1029/2005GL022821.
Maxwell, R.M. and N.L. Miller, 2005: Development of a coupled land surface and groundwater model for use in watershed management. J. Hydrometeorology, 6, 233 247.
Miller, N.L., T. Koike, E.F. wood, R. Lawford, and E-A Herland, 2005: The International Water Cycle Workshop, Eos, 86, 47-48.
Miller, N.L., 2005: California Climate Change, Hydrologic Response, and Flood Forecasting. Chap. 10. In Urban Flood Management, Ed. A. Szollosi-Nagy and C. Zevenbergen, Cheriton House Pub., 131-144. ISBN 04 15359988
Brekke, L.D., N.W.T. Quinn, N.L. Miller, and J.A. Dracup, 2004: Climate Change Impacts Uncertainty for San Joaquin River Basin. J. Amer. Water Resources Assoc., 40, 149-164.
Hayhoe, K., N.L. Miller, L.L. Dale, S.H. Schneider, and Others, 2004: Emissions Pathways, Climate Change, and Impacts on California. Proc. National Academy of Science, 101, 12422-12427.
Kyriakidis, N.L. Miller, and J. Kim , 2004: A Spatial Time Series Framework for Modeling Daily Precipitation at Regional Scales, Journal of Hydrology. 297, 236-255.
Miller, N.L., A.W. King, M.A. Miller, E.P. Springer, M.L. Wesely and others. 2004: The Doe Water Cycle Pilot Study. Bull. Amer. Meteorological Soc. 2005, 86, 3, 359374.
Quinn, N.W.T., L.D. Brekke, N.L. Miller, T. Hienzer, H. Hildalgo, and J.A. Dracup, 2004: Model integration for assessing future hydroclimate impacts on water resources, agricultural production, and environmental quality in the San Joaquin Basin, California. Environmental Modeling and Software, 19, 305-316.
Casadei, M., W.E. Dietrich, and N.L. Miller, 2003: Testing a model for predicting the timing of debris flow initiation in soil mantled landscape, Earth Surf. Processes. 28, 925-950.
Miller, N.L, K.E. Bashford, and E. Strem, 2003: Potential impacts of climate change on California hydrology. J. Amer. Water Resources Assoc., 39, 771-784.