Currently, the Department of Geography has three climatologists and a social scientist associated with the Climate Research Lab: Dr. Gregory Carbone, Dr. April Hiscox, Dr. Cary Mock and Dr. Kirstin Dow. Our research and teaching interests cover a variety of temporal and spatial scales and we employ both modeling and monitoring approaches in our research. Areas of specialty include:
The Department's Climate Research Lab is equipped with instrumentation, computers, and extensive data holdings. We also maintain a weather station on the USC campus. We maintain strong links with the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the South Carolina State Climatology Office, the National Weather Service, the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the USC School of the Environment.
- climate change and variability
- synoptic climatology
- climate impacts
- physical climatology
- historical and paleoclimatology
- human dimensions, vulnerability and adaptation
- aerosols and climate
- air pollution
Climate research in the Department is funded by grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency, the Southeast Regional Climate Center, and the US Department of Agriculture. Climate faculty and graduate students have published their research in internationally recognized climate and interdisciplinary journals.
The Department of Geography offers a concentration in climatology and meteorology within its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students can concentrate on meteorology and climatology for any of the Geography Department degrees (BA/BS,MA/MS, and PhD); we also offer a minor in meteorology and climatology. Graduates from the program typically find employment in academic institutions, the private sector, as well as government agencies such as the EPA, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Department of Natural Resources.
Courses taught by climate faculty.