Will Turner

Graduate Student Researcher


Will Turner began working with the Climate Hazards Center as an undergraduate intern in June 2013. In 2017, Will graduated from UCSB with a B.S. in Physical Geography and Environmental Studies and was hired to the Center as a full-time Junior Specialist.
Now, Will is a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working with Dr. Charles Jones (Earth Research Institute), and Drs. Greg Husak and Chris Funk. Will’s interests encompass the use of remotely sensed climate data (precipitation and evapotranspiration) to monitor crop-water demands and drought-related food insecurity in eastern and southern Africa. Notably, Will helped to implement the Water Requirement Satisfaction Index (WRSI) to be used in IDL.