UGA scientists are engaged in research on the effects of urban land cover on precipitation and flooding, such as occurred in Atlanta in September 2009.
UGA scientists are engaged in research on the effects of urban land cover on precipitation and flooding, such as occurred in Atlanta in September 2009.

Faculty in the UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program are engaged in a broad array of basic and applied research focused on weather, climate, and hydrological processes research. Such topics include how climate change impacts polar snow/ice and sea level, how human activity (urbanization, pollution) and extreme events (drought, hurricanes) influence the hydrologic cycle, hazards of extreme weather events such as windstorms and turbulence, vegetation-atmosphere exchanges, and how weather and climate affect asthma occurrence and malaria transmission. Common threads that connect 

UGA scientists are engaged in research on the effects of urban land cover on precipitation and flooding, such as occurred in Atlanta in September 2009.

their research include remote sensing (Knox, Leclerc, Mote and Shepherd), urban climatology (Shepherd and Mote), cryospheric processes (Mote and Grundstein), human health and applied climatology (Grundstein and Shepherd), climate modeling (Grundstein, Knox, Mote and Shepherd), climate vulnerability (Shepherd, Mote), climate education (Shepherd, Grundstein, Mote, Knox), agricultural meteorology-climate services (Stooksbury) and weather and climate hazards (Knox, Mote and Shepherd). Two of the broad unifying themes of the group are the application of remote sensing in studying atmospheric processes and their impacts, and the role of land cover change and climate change on hydroclimatic processes. The Atmospheric Science faculty regularly collaborate with other natural sciences in the Odom School of EcologyWarnell School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Geology and several other academic units at UGA.

UGA Atmospheric Sciences Research Activities

Research Topic

UGA Investigator

Ice sheet melt / mass balance and sea level; Terrestrial snow cover and water cycle/resource linkages

Thomas Mote, Andrew Grundstein

Climate- hydrologic system interaction and modeling

Andrew Grundstein, Todd Rasmussen, Thomas Mote, Marshall Shepherd, John Knox, Pam Knox

Urban land cover and aerosol effects on hydroclimate processes

Marshall Shepherd, Thomas Mote

Downscaling of GCM output to assess the impact on southern forests

Thomas Mote, Marshall Shepherd

Assessment of social and climate vulnerability in the Southeast

Marshall Shepherd

Extreme heat and climate change

John Knox, Andrew Grundstein, Marshall Shepherd

Linkage weather hazards (e.g. hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) and extreme climate events (e.g., drought)

Marshall Shepherd, Thomas Mote, Andrew Grundstein

Aviation hazards and turbulence

John Knox

Shifts in phenology of vegetation and migratory birds in Appalachian Mountains in response to climate change

Robert Cooper, Michael Conroy, Jeffery Hepinstall-Cymerman, Marshall Shepherd

Weather/climate impacts on heat-related mortality and asthma

Andrew Grundstein

Creation of the Diversity Climate Network

Marshall Shepherd, Thomas Mote

Vegetation atmospheric exchanges

Monique Leclerc

Lagrangian and LES modeling of turbulent/gaseous exchange

Monique Leclerc

Climate services; seasonal climate outlooks and agriculture

David Stooksbury, Pam Knox