Victoria Keener

Fellow, Research Program
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Area of Expertise: 

Integrated climate, land, and hydrological systems simulation; Applied climate science and climate policy; Effects of climate variability on water supply, agriculture, and natural resources; Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of natural systems modeling

Dr. Victoria Keener is a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and the Lead Principal Investigator of the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (Pacific RISA) program. Dr. Keener also does research on enabling practical applications of climate science for regional decision making.  Much of her modeling work uses multivariate time-series analysis and varied spectral methods to identify dominant climate trends in hydrological variables and how they change through time.

In addition to research, as the Lead Principal Investigator of Pacific RISA, Dr. Keener coordinates an interdisciplinary team of social and physical scientists that aims to reduce the vulnerability of Pacific Island communities to climate change by translating academic research into actionable knowledge for a variety of stakeholders at the local, state, and regional level. The Pacific RISA program strives to enhance knowledge and capacity to sustainably manage freshwater resources in Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands. Projects include producing downscaled climate and hydrological projections to estimate future water availability; assessing stakeholders’ decision-support needs and their capacity to use seasonal forecasts; identifying opportunities for adaptive measures within the existing law and policy framework in Hawai`i; and network analysis of climate professionals in the region. She was the Lead Editor and a Chapter Author for the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report, the regional technical input to the US 2014 National Climate Assessment.

Current research activities in the Pacific RISA can be found at

Dr. Keener received her Ph.D. in 2010 in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from the University of Florida, specializing in hydro-climatological research dealing with the effects of climate variability and the El-Nino/Southern Oscillation on both physical modeling and statistical hydrology of freshwater pollutant loads.

Societies and Honors:

Dr. Keener is a member of the American Geophysical Union; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; and American Water Resources Association. Her Ph.D. dissertation Hydro-Climatic Influences of El-Nino/Southern Oscillation on Nutrient Loads in the Southeast United States won an Honorable Mention in the Universities Council on Water Resources 2011 Ph.D. National Dissertation Award competition in the category of Natural Science and Engineering.

Dr. Keener's curriculum vitae is available in pdf format.