Adam Terando, Ph.D.

Adam Terando is a USGS Research Ecologist (Climate Impacts) with the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. His work focuses on the impacts of global change on ecosystems in the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean, and the complex human-environment relationships that drive these processes.


A geographer and climatologist by training, Dr. Terando received his Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University where he examined the relationship between climate extremes and future crop yields in the U.S. At the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, the overarching goal of his research is to gain insights that will benefit the public and natural resource managers in their efforts to understand and adapt to rapid global climate and land use changes. Currently, his work focuses on four research themes: 

1. Uncertainty characterization and quantification for global change predictions

2. Global Climate Model Downscaling

3. Future urbanization and land use change

4. Wildfires, prescribed fire, and climate change


Highlighted Publications:

Terando, A., D. Reidmiller, S.W. Hostetler, J.S. Littell, T. D. Beard Jr., S.R. Weiskopf, J. Belnap, and G.S. Plumlee, 2020: Using information from global climate models to inform policymaking – The role of the US Geological Survey. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1058, 32 p.,

Kupfer, J.A., A.J. Terando, P. Gao, C. Teske, and J.K. Hiers, 2020: Climate change projected to reduce prescribed burn opportunities in the Southeastern US. International Journal of Wildland Fire,

Bowden, J.H., A.J. Terando, V. Misra, A. Wootten, A. Bhardwaj, R. Boyles, W. Gould, J. Collazo, and T.L. Spero, 2020: High-resolution dynamically downscaled rainfall and temperature projections for ecological life zones within Puerto Rico and for the US Virgin Islands. International Journal of Climatology,

Terando, A.J., B. Reich, K. Pacifici, J. Costanza, A. McKerrow, and J. Collazo, 2017: Uncertainty quantification and propagation for projections of extremes in monthly area burned under climate change: A case study in the coastal plain of Georgia, USA. In, Natural Hazard Uncertainty Assessment: Modeling and Decision Support, American Geophysical Union. K. Riley et al., Eds.

Terando, A.J., J. Costanza, C. Belyea, R.R. Dunn, A. McKerrow, and J. Collazo, 2014: The Southern Megalopolis: Using the past to predict the future of urban sprawl in the Southeast U.S.  PLoS ONE 9(7): e102261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102261