Dr. Willis Shem is currently a research scientist working at the ORNL’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) where his role includes data quality assurance and data quality control (QA/QC) of the meteorological and flux observational data from the Ameriflux Network. Since joining ORNL in August 2010 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division, Shem has worked in a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project in the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability Analysis research theme and the Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for Biogeochemical Dynamics within the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI). He is also worked in the Regional Integrated Assessment Modeling (RIAM) project where he was synthesizing high resolution and statistically summarized temperature data for use in the RIAM project over the southeast USA.
Shem holds a BSc in meteorology from the University of Nairobi, a MEng in water resources technology from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, as well as a MS and PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focus is in the field of dynamical downscaling of global climate products to regional scales for site specific applications. Shem hopes to use the experience he has gained from the various research activities throughout his career to assist CCSI in building research tools that would maintain focus on high resolution climate forecasting that can be applied in climate change impacts analysis.