Biometeorology-Climatology Research


Biometeorology-Climatology Research

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Biometeorology and Climatology faculty at Utah State University are currently focusing on these research topics:

Larry Hipps:

Interactions between vegetation and atmosphere, including surface fluxes of water, CO2 and energy.

Wet and dry climate cycles of the Great Basin, and connections to large-scale ocean and atmosphere features.

Effects of seasonal variations in weather on dendroclimatology reconstructions of climate.

Robert Gillies:

Impervious surface area analysis in Logan, Utah.

Spatial analysis of vector-borne disease outbreaks like West Nile virus.

Linked micromaps of chronic wasting disease in mule deer.

Plant phenology in the timing of tree budburst within urban environments.

Jiming Jin:

Regional climate modeling and analysis.

Snow modeling.
Land surface model development.
Statistical climate downscaling.
Agricultural dust modeling.
Lake process modeling.

Simon Wang:

Employing observational data sets for tree ring and other surrogate estimates for precipitation in the Intermountain region to analyze the distinct wet/dry climate cycles. Cooperating in current efforts to use various time statistical and dynamical analyses to quantify the magnitude and frequencies of drought and wet episodes.

Identifying large scale atmospheric and oceanic features at appropriate spatial and temporal scales that connect with the cyclical variations in wet and dry periods. Employing a synoptic climatology approach to identify connections between the characteristics of these features with low and high frequency variations in climate.

Connect land-atmosphere interactions, mesoscale atmospheric models and regional climate in several ecosystems.

Recent Graduate Theses and Dissertaions

Properties of turbulence-induced light fluctuations and their effects on canopy photosynthesis in alfalfa. Gengsheng Zhang. Ph.D. 2003. Advisor: L.E. Hipps

The transpiration rate of tamarisk riparian vegetation. Kiyoshi Hattori. M.S. 2004. Advisor: L.E. Hipps

Response of water vapor and CO2 fluxes in semi-arid plant communities to variations in precipitation. Sasha Ivans. Ph.D. 2005. Advisor: L.E. Hipps

Grazing and burning effects on evapotranspiration in a sagebrush-steppe ecosystem. Sinisha Ivans. Ph.D. 2005. Advisor: L.E. Hipps

Terrain and biome effects on geophysical variables derived from boundary layer models coupled with airborne data. Bekele Temesgen. Ph.D. 2001. Advisor: R.R. Gillies

An examination of scale issues invilved with remotely sensed data. Nathaniel A. Brunsell. Ph.D. 2003. Advisor: R.R. Gillies

Investigating ecological indicators of vector-borne disease through the use of enviro-climatic data with a case study of the west nile virus. Peter L. A. Ma. M.S. 2006. Advisor: R.R. Gillies

A comparative simulation of net ecosystem exchange (NEE) CO2 fluxes for two stomatal-resistance formulations over corn and soybean canopies. Joshua L. Campbell. M.S. 2006. Advisor: R.R. Gillies

Evapotranspiration of Kentucky Bluegrass. Lynda Fenton. M.S. 2010 L.E.  Hipps

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