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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:climate; State Climatologist; weather hazards; drought; GIS; remote sensing; Vermont; Brazil; Caribbean, climate change; climate variability; historical climate; climate education; satellite climatology; Service-Learning; climate literacy
Biography:Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux is an Associate Professor of Climatology in the Geography Department at the University of Vermont, and the Vermont State Climatologist. She obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Climatology from McGill University (Montreal). 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. Her work on drought characterization and mitigation, published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, has been used by the Vermont Emergency Management in developing a mitigation strategy for the state. Case studies on the dynamics and longer-term moisture implications of the 1998 Ice Storm appeared in Weather as well as the International Journal of Remote Sensing. She has also published articles in Physical Geography, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing as well as Vermont History. 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; NSF-funded Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at the University of Vermont; AAUW Educational Foundation - American Fellowship - 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 has also served on the National Drought Policy Commission and been a reviewer for global change research programs both internationally as well as for the Northeast. 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.