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Robert Gillies

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State Climatologist

Professor






Contact Information

DialPhone: 435-797-2233
SendEmail: robert.gillies@usu.edu

Awards

American Society of Civil Engineers, 2016

Utah Section

Certificate of Appointment - Visiting Professor, 2016

National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

CLE International, 2008

CLE International, 2007

UCAR Member Renewal Application for USU, 2007

Certificate of Appreciation - Governor's Blue Ribbon Advisory Council, 2007

Chi Epsilon Pi, 1989


    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Wang, S., Yoon, J., Funk, C., Gillies, R.R, (2017). Climate Extremes: Patterns & Mechanisms. AGU / Wiley
    • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2012). Modern Climatology. InTech
    • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., (2011). Climate Change. Kendall Hunt
    • Gillies, R.R, (2009). Aviation Weather - A Series of Interactive Exercises on Weather Reports and Forecasts. *
    • Gillies, R.R, (2008). Utah Climate 2nd Edition. *
    • Book Chapters

    • Gillies, R.R, 2013 National Climate Assessment (Southwest climate assessment): The weather and Climate of the Southwest United States.
    • Jin, J., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2011). An Improved Dynamical Downscaling for the Western United States: Climate Change / Book 2. InTech
    • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Climatology of the U.S. Intermountain West: Climatology. InTech
    • Gillies, R.R, Ramsey, R., (2009). Climate of Utah: Rangeland Resources of Utah, 2nd ed. USU Extension *
    • Gillies, R.R, (2007). Growth of Impervious Surface Coverage and Aquatic Fauna. Remote Sensing of Impervious Surfaces
    • Arentsen, P.R, Gillies, R.R, Mesner, N., (2004). Satellite derived impervious surface area as an indicator for water resource impacts in a semi-arid environment, Utah, U.S.A.: Management Information Systems. WIT Press
    • Gillies, R.R, (2004). Coupling Thermal Infrared and Visible Satellite Measurements to Infer Biophysical Variables at the Land Surface. In: Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing and Land Surface Processes

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, O., Chung, S., Kokoszka, P.S, Incorporation of Pacific SSTs in a time series model towards a longer-term forecast for the Great Salt Lake elevation. Journal of Hydrometeorlogy / American Meteorological Society
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Huang, W., Observational and supportive modeling analyses of winter precipitation change in China over the last half century. International Journal of Climatology / Wiley
        • Schroeder, M., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Hsu, H., (2016). Extracting the tropospheric short-wave influences on subseasonal prediction of precipitation in the United States using CFSv2. Climate Dynamics, 1–8.
        • Wang, S., Lin, Y., Gillies, R.R, Hakala, K., (2016). Indications for Protracted Groundwater Depletion after Drought over the Central Valley of California. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17:3, 947-955.
        • Wang, S., Zhao, L., Gillies, R.R, (2016). Synoptic and quantitative attributions of the extreme precipitation leading to the August 2016 Louisiana flood. Geophysical Research Letters
        • Wang, S., Hipps, L.E, Chung, O., Gillies, R.R, Martin, R.S, (2015). Long-Term Inversion Properties in a Mountain Valley of the Wester United States and Implications on Air Quality. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54, 2339 - 2352. doi: DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0172.1
        • Li, R., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Buckley, B., Truong, L., Cho, C., (2015). Decadal oscillation of autumn precipitation in Central Vietnam modulated by the East Pacific–North Pacific (EP–NP) teleconnection. Environmental Research Letters, 10:2, 024008.
        • Wang, S., Hipps, L.E, Chung, O., Gillies, R.R, Martin, R., (2015). Long-Term Changes of Winter Inversion Properties in a Mountain Valley in Utah and Implications on Air Quality.. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54, 2339-2352.
        • Yoon, J., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Hipps, L.E, Kravitz, B., Rasch, P., (2015). Extreme Fire Season in California: A Glimpse into the Future?. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, S1 - S5.
        • Wang, S., Fosu, B., Gillies, R.R, Singh, P., (2015). The Deadly Himalayan Snowstorm of October 2014: Synoptic Conditions and Associated Trends. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, S84-89.
        • Yoon, J., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Kravitz, B., Hipps, L.E, Rasch, P., (2015). Increasing Water Cycle Extremes in California and in Relation to ENSO Cycle Under Global Warming. Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9657.
        • Gillies, R.R, Chung, O., DeRose, J., Wang, S., Sun, Y., (2015). Added value from 576 years of tree-ring records in the prediction of the Great Salt Lake level. Journal of Hydrology, 529, 962-968.
        • Wang, S., Santanello, J., Wang, H., Barandiaran, D., Pinker, R., Schubert, S., Gillies, R.R, (2015). An intensified seasonal transition in the central U.S. that enhances summer drought. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: DOI:10.1002/2015GL065211
        • Wang, S., Huang, W., Hsu, H., Gillies, R.R, (2015). Role of strengthened El Nino teleconnection in the May 2015 floods over the southern Great Plains. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: DOI:10.1002/2015GL065211
        • Wang, S., Promchote, P., Luu, H., Buckley, B., Li, R., Gillies, R.R, Nguyen, T., Guan, B., (2015). Changes in the autumn precipitation and tropical cyclone activity over Central Vietnam and its East Sea. Journal of Earth Sciences, 36, 1-7.
        • Cho, C., Li, R., Wang, S., Yoon, J., Gillies, R.R, (2015). Anthropogenic footprint of climate change in the June 2013 northern India flood. Climate Dynamics, doi: DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2613-2
        • Li, R., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2015). A combined dynamical and statistical downscaling technique to reduce biases in climate projections: An example for winter precipitation and snowpack in the western United States. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, doi–10.
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, van den Dool, H., (2014). On the yearly phase delay of winter intraseasonal mode in western North America. Climate Dynamics, 42:5-6, 1649-1664. doi: 10.1007/s00382-013-1784-y
        • Li, R., Jin, J., Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2014). Significant impacts of radiation physics in the Weather Research and Forecasting model on the precipitation and dynamics of the West African Monsoon. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-014-2294-2
        • Wang, S., Barandiaran, D., Hilburn, K., Houser, P., Oglesby, B., Pan, M., Pinker, R., Santanello, J., Schubert, S., Wang, H., Gillies, R.R, Could the 2012 Drought Have Been Anticipated? - A review of NASA working group research. Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
        • Wang, S., Hipps, L.E, Gillies, R.R, (2014). Probable causes of the abnormal ridge accompanying the 2013–2014 California drought: ENSO precursor and anthropogenic warming footprint. Geophysical Research Letters41, 41:9, 3220-3226.
        • Wang, S., Hakala, K., Gillies, R.R, Capehart, W., (2014). The Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation (QDO): An important precursor toward anticipating major flood events in the Missouri River Basin?. Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 991–997. doi: 1002/2013GL059042
        • Wang, S., Davies, R.E, Gillies, R.R, (2013). Identification of extreme precipitation threat across midlatitude regions based on short-wave circulations. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50841
        • Wang, S., Chia, H.H, Gillies, R.R, Jiang, X., (2013). Quasi-biweekly mode and its modulation on the diurnal rainfall in Taiwan forecasted by the CFS. Weather and Forecasting, 28, 981-993.
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Sun, Y., Chung, O., (2013). Supportive empirical modeling for the forecast of monsoon precipitation in Nepal. International Journal of Climatology, 33, 3047-3054. doi: DOI: 10.1002/joc.3649
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2013). Pacific forcings of the quasi-decadal cycle of monsoon precipitation in Nepal. Climate Dynamics40, 95-107.
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Reichler, T., (2012). Multi-decadal drought cycles in the Great Basin recorded by the Great Salt Lake: Modulation from a transition-phase teleconnection. Journal of Climate, 25, 1711-1721.
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Booth, M.R, (2012). Observational and synoptic analyses of the winter precipitation regime change over Utah. Journal of Climate, 25:13, 4679-4698. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00084.1
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2012). Influence of the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation on the monsoon precipitation in Nepal. Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-012-1376-2
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Huang, W.R, (2012). Observational and supportive modeling analyses of winter precipitation change in China over the last half century. International Journal of Climatology, 32:5, 747-758. doi: DOI: 10.1002/joc.2303
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Martin, R.S, Davies, R.E, Booth, M.R, (2012). Connecting subseasonal movements of the winter ridge in western North America to local-scale inversion climatology in Cache Valley (Utah). Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51:3, 617-627. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0101.1
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Reichler, T., (2012). Multidecadal Drought Cycles in the Great Basin Recorded by the Great Salt Lake: Modulation from a Transition-Phase Teleconnection. Journal of Climate, 25:5, 1711-1721. doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI4225.1
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Hipps, L.E, Jin, J., (2011). A transition-phase teleconnection of the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation. Climate Dynamics, 36, 681-693. doi: DOI: 10.1007/s00382-009-0722-5
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Hipps, L.E, Jin, J., (2011). A transition-phase teleconnection of the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation. Climate Dynamics, 36, 681-693.
        • Gillies, R.R, Chung, O.Y, Wang, S., Kokoszka, P., (2011). Incorporation of Pacific SSTs in a time series model towards a longer-term forecast for the Great Salt Lake elevation. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 12, 474-480. doi: 10.1175/2010JHM1352.1
        • Gillies, R.R, Chung, O.Y, Wang, S., Kokoszka, P.S, (2011). Incorporation of Pacific SSTs in a time series model towards a longer-term forecast for the Great Salt Lake elevation. Journal of Hydormeteorology, 12, 474-480. doi: doi: 10.1175/2010JHM1352.1
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, (2011). Observed change in Sahel rainfall, circulations, African easterly waves, and Atlantic hurricanes since 1979. International Journal of Geophysics (Special Issue), (Special Issue):#259529, doi: 10.1155/2011/259529
        • Wang, S., Davies, R.E, Huang, W.R, Gillies, R.R, (2011). Pakistan’s two-stage monsoon and links with the recent climate change. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D16114. doi: doi:10.1029/2011JD015760
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Hipps, L.E, Jin, J., (2011). A transition-phase teleconnection of the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation. Climate Dynamics, 36:3-4, 681-693. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00382-009-0722-5
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Booth, M.R, (2010). Atmospheric scale interaction on wintertime Intermountain West low-level inversions. Weather And Forecasting, 25, 1196-1210. doi: doi: 10.1175/2010WAF2222380.1
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Yoon, J.-, Weaver, S., (2010). CFS prediction of winter persistent inversions in the Intermountain Region. Weather And Forecasting, 25, 1211-1218. doi: doi: 10.1175/2010WAF2222419.1
        • Wang, S., Hipps, L.E, Gillies, R.R, Jiang, X., Moller, A.L, (2010). Circumglobal teleconnection and early summer rainfall in the U.S. Intermountain West. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 102, 245-252. doi: DOI: 10.1007/s00704-010-0260-4
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Jin, J., Hipps, L.E, (2010). Coherence between the Great Salt Lake level and the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation. Journal of Climate, 23, 2161-2177. doi: doi: 10.1175/2009JCLI2979.1
        • Shih-Yu, W., Hipps, L.E, Gillies, R.R, Xianan, J., Alan, M.L, (2010). Circumglobal teleconnection and early summer rainfall in the US Intermountain West. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 102:3-4, 245-252. doi: 10.1007/s00704-010-0260-4
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Booth, M.R, (2010). Atmospheric scale interaction on wintertime Intermountain West low-level inversions. Weather and Forecasting / American Meteorological Society , 25:4, 1196–1210.
        • Gillies, R.R, Wang, S., Yoon, J., Weaver, S., (2010). CFS prediction of winter persistent inversions in the Intermountain Region. Weather and Forecasting / American Meteorological Society, 25:4, 1211–1218.
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Jin, J., Hipps, L.E, (2010). Coherence between the Great Salt Lake level and the Pacific quasi-decadal oscillation. Journal of Climate, 23, 2161-2177 . doi: doi: 10.1175/2009JCLI2979.1
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Takle, E.S, Gutowski, W.J, (2009). Evaluation of precipitation in the Intermountain Region simulated by the NARCCAP regional climate models. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L11704. doi: doi:10.1029/2009GL037930
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Jin, J., Hipps, L.E, (2009). Recent rainfall cycle in the Intermountain Region as a quadrature amplitude modulation from the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L02705. doi: doi:10.1029/2008GL036329
        • Gillies, R.R, (2009). Evaluation of precipitation in the Intermountain Region simulated by the NARCCAP regional climate models. Geophysical Research Letters / American Geophysical Union, 36
        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Jin, J., Hipps, L.E, (2009). Recent rainfall cycle in the Intermountain Region as a quadrature amplitude modulation from the Pacific decadal oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, 36
        • Gillies, R.R, (2009). Recent rainfall cycle in the Intermountain Region as a quadrature amplitude modulation from the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 36
        • Gillies, R.R, (2008). GLOBE students, teachers, and scientists demonstrate variable differences between urban and rural leaf phenology. Global Change Biology, 14, 1568-1580.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2008). Visualization and Interpretation of Birth Defects Data using Linked Micromap Plots. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 82, 110-119.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2005). Air temperature retrieval from remote sensing data based on thermodynamics. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 80, 37-48.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2004). Length scale analysis of surface energy fluxes derived from remote sensing. J. of Hydrometeorology, 4, 1212-1219.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2004). Satellite derived impervious surface area as an indicator for water resource impacts in a semi-arid environment, Utah, USA. In: Management Information Systems 2004: Incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing, 231-240.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2003). Determination of scaling characteristics of AVHRR data with wavelets: application to SGP97. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 24 (14), 2.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2003). Effects of urbanization on the aquatic fauna of the Line Creek watershed, Atlanta ? A satellite perspective. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 86, 441-442.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2003). Scale issues in land-atmosphere interactions: implications for remote sensing of the surface energy balance. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 117, 203-2.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2002). Incorporating surface emissivity into a thermal atmospheric correction. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 68(12), 1263-1269.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2001). Implications of feedback processes in plant water usage and resulting climate change. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 37, 305-314.
        • Gillies, R.R, (2001). The simulation of canopy transpiration under doubled CO2: The evidence and impact of negative feedbacks on transpiration in two 1-D soil-vegetation-atmosphere-transfer (SVAT) models. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 106, 21-Jan.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1999). An application of remotely derived climatological fields for risk assessment of vector-borne diseases - A spatial study of filariasis prevalence in the Nile Delta, Egypt. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 65, 1401-1409.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1998). An assessment of satellite remotely sensed land cover parameters in quantitatively describing the climate effect of urbanization. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 19, 1663-1681.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1997). Verification of a method for obtaining surface soil water content and energy fluxer from remote measurements of NDVI and surface radiant temperature. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 18:3145-31.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1995). A new look at the simplified method for remote sensing of daily evapotranspiration. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 54, 161-167.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1995). An interpretation of NDVI and radiant surface temperature as measures of surface soil water content and fractional vegetation cover. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 77, 191-205.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1995). An overview of the workshop on thermal remote sensing held at La Londe les Maures, France. Sensing Reviews, 12, 147-158.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1995). Thermal remote sensing of surface soil water content with partial vegetation cover for incorporation into climate models. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 34, 745-756.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1993). An overview of the workshop on thermal remote sensing held at La Londe les Maures, France. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 77, 141-151.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1993). An overview of the workshop on thermal remote sensing held at La Londe les Maures, France. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology., 77, 141-151.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1993). A method to make use of thermal infrared temperature and NDVI measurements to infer surface soil water content and fractional vegetation cover. Remote Sensing Reviews. Special Issue on Recent Advances in Remote Sensing Scien, 52, 45-59.
        • Gillies, R.R, (1991). Transient water stress in a vegetation canopy; simulations and measurements. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 35, 175-186.
        • Professional Journal

        • Wang, S., Gillies, R.R, Dool, H.V, (2013). On the yearly phase delay of winter intraseasonal mode in the western United States. Climate Dynamics, 42:Issue 5-6, doi: 10.1007%2Fs00382-013-1784-y

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                PSC 3250 - Aviation Weather, Spring 2016

                PSC 3250 - Aviation Weather, Spring 2015

                PSC 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2014

                PSC 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2014

                PSC 3250 - Aviation Weather, Spring 2014

                PSC 3250 - Aviation Weather, Spring 2013

                PSC 3250 - Aviation Weather, Spring 2012

                PSC 3250 - AVIATION WEATHER, Spring 2011

                PSC 3820 - CLIMATE CHANGE (DSC)(QI), Spring 2011

                WATS 3820 - CLIMATE CHANGE (DSC)(QI), Spring 2011

                CLIM 3250 - Aviation Weathr, Spring 2010

                CLIM 3280 - Climate Change, Spring 2010


                        Creative Works - Other

                        • Another #$@%! climate talk, Other, TedxUSU Talk - 2015
                        • Another #$@%! climate talk, Other, TedxUSU Talk - 2015

                        Graduate Students Mentored

                        Martin Schroeder, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2013