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Mary W. Downton
Environmental and Societal Impacts Group
Mary Downton is an Associate Scientist IV at NCAR. She studies many aspects of the interactions between climate and society, with a particular interest in the application of statistical methods to environmental problems.
Her most recent research has focused on floods and flood damage. Climate Variability and Uncertainty in Flood Hazard Planning focuses on extreme precipitation and flooding in Colorado's Front Range. A recently completed report and website on Flood Damage in the United States, 1926-2000 involved reanalysis and evaluation of National Weather Service damage estimates. Other work has examined the relationship between precipitation and damaging floods, including a study of flood-related Presidential disaster declarations.
Ms. Downton has worked in the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) since 1980, first as a Scientific Programmer and then as an Associate Scientist. She earned an M.A. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.