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
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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 Ecology, Warnell 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