Professor

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 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.”

 

Spring 2020 Syllabi:

GEOG 040: Weather, Climate, and Landscapes (PDF)

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Dupigny-Giroux' awards and grants include: the 2018 Association for Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award in the Academia/Research category; the University of Georgia Franklin Visiting Scholar for Inclusion and Diversity Leadership; the NSF-funded Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) professional development program for in-service K-12 science and mathematics teachers; the NSF-funded Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance diversity in climatology; AAUW Educational Foundation Shirley Farr Fellowship; and funding from the AAAS Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program.

Associations and Affiliations

Nationally, she is the lead author for the Northeast Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment of the US Global Change Research Program. She also serves on the NOAA Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group helping to guide climate research across the US. Statewide, she is the Co-Chair of the State’s Drought Task Force, and works closely with the Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on the climatology related sections of the FEMA-mandated Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan. In 2014, she was a Scholar-in-Residence for the Sustainability Graduate Institute at Goddard College, and their Commencement Speaker in Spring 2015. Also in 2015, Dr. Dupigny-Giroux was elected a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering  in recognition of her academic and outreach contributions to the state.

Professor Lesley-Ann Dupigny Giroux

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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

Education

  • Ph.D. , McGill University (1996)

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-2146
Office Location:

Old Mill Rm 202

Office Hours:

Fall 2020: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 pm, Wednesdays 3-5 pm via Teams

Courses Taught

GEOG 040 - Weather, Climate & Landscapes

Introduction to the fundamentals of weather, climate, landform evolution, and plant distribution using a systems approach. Focus on variation in processes over space and time.

GEOG 143 – Climatology

Polar Vortex, “Godzilla El Niño,” mega droughts in California, Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene, Lake Champlain flooding. Why do these events occur? How do they fit into their geographic climatic locales vis-a-vis our changing climate? This class will equip you with the statistical techniques, tools and fundamental concepts to answer and explore these questions in much the same ways that climatologists do. Historical and near real-time data will be manipulated via statistics, weather map interpretation, indices, modeling and remote sensing. The various sub-fields of climatology will be explored as we delve into what drives climates, instrumentation challenges, teleconnections such as the North Atlantic Oscillation and El Niño-Southern Oscillation, hydroclimatological extremes and anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change.

GEOG 281 – Adv Topic:GIS & Remote Sensing

Forest fires in southern Canada and Alaska. Climate change impacts on water resources. Multi-view angles for quantifying wetland stress. This applied, capstone course will weave together the ENVI and IDRISI remote sensing packages with climate models and techniques to explore a) atmospheric issues at varying temporal and spatial scales, as well as b) the influence of topography, vegetation and land-water boundaries. Public and private sector data and professionals will enrich the course. The course is divided into three parts. In the first section, you will acquire the advanced techniques with which to interpret the land-surface. This will be followed by analysis of vegetation and surface moisture characteristics.