University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Faculty - Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Professor, Department Chair

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., McGill University (1996)
  • C.V.
  • On Sabbatical


Area of expertise

Climate variability and change, historical climatology, climate literacy, severe weather hazards, drought, remote sensing, Geographic Information Science, New England, Brazil, Caribbean.

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An applied climatologist by training, Dr. Dupigny-Giroux's research interests intersect a number of interdisciplinary fields including hydroclimatic natural hazards and climate literacy as well as the use of remote sensing and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in the fields of spatial climate and land-surface processes. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux is also the State Climatologist for Vermont. Her work takes her across Vermont to assist colleagues in State Agencies (transportation, emergency management, agriculture, forestry and legislators) to help plan for and adapt to climate change. She is an expert in floods, droughts and severe weather and the ways in which these affect Vermont's landscape and people. She also works extensively with K-12 teachers and students, bringing the use of satellites and understanding climate to all levels of the pre-university curriculum. She is the lead editor of Historical climate variability and impacts in North America, the first monograph to deal with the use of documentary and other ancillary records for analyzing climate variability and change.

Dr. Dupigny-Giroux' awards and grants include the University of Georgia Franklin Visiting Scholar Inclusion and Diversity Leadership; NSF-funded Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) professional development program for in-service K-12 science and mathematics teachers; NSF-funded Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance diversity in climatology; AAUW Educational Foundation Shirley Farr Fellowship; AAAS Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program; Vermont EPA EPSCoR-funded drought baseline studies in Vermont; Vermont NASA EPSCoR-funded multiangular, polarized and hyperspectral imagery studies.

Nationally, she serves on two NOAA Science Advisory Board Committees related to climate research across the US. She is also a contributing author to the Climate Change in the Northeast: A Sourcebook, for the NorthEast Region chapter of the 2013 National Climate Assessment report, US Global Change Research Program.

Dr. Dupigny-Giroux teaches introductory courses in physical geography and remote sensing. Her intermediate and advanced level courses include topics on Climatology, Remote Sensing, Advanced GIS Applications, and Satellite Climatology and Land-Surfaces Processes. Many of her courses are Service-Learning based in conjunction with State and Federal agencies in Vermont. She holds a B.S. in Physical Geography and Development Studies from the University of Toronto (1989), an M.S.(1992) in Climatology and Hydrology and a Ph.D. (1996) in Climatology and Geographic Information Systems from McGill University.

Quote: “Sharing knowledge and giving back to my community (of scholars, peers, students) are my two axioms in life. Watching students mature and flourish in their four years with us is a great privilege and the best part about being a teacher-scholar here at UVM.”