Gund Fellow, Professor, Department of Geography

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. Dr. Dupigny-Giroux is an expert in floods, droughts and severe weather and the ways in which these affect Vermont's landscape and people. 

Dr. Dupigny-Giroux 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.



  • Dupigny-Giroux, L-A.. and Mock, C.J. (co-editors) (2009) Historical climate variability and impacts in  North America, Springer Publishers.
  • Dupigny-Giroux, L.A., E.L. Mecray, M.D. Lemcke-Stampone, G.A. Hodgkins, E.E. Lentz, K.E. Mills,  E.D. Lane, R. Miller, D.Y. Hollinger, W.D. Solecki, G.A. Wellenius, P.E. Sheffield, A.B. MacDonald, and C. Caldwell, 2018: Northeast. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH18
  • Oswald, E.M. Pontius, J., Schaberg, P., Rayback, S.A., Wilmot, S.H. and Dupigny-Giroux, L.-A., (2018)  “The complex relationship between climate and sugar maple health: climate change implications for a key northern hardwood species, Forest Ecology and Management,
  • Dupigny-Giroux, L-A., Goff, J., Kilbride*, J., Marshall, J.D., Leidinger*, S., Fooks*, P. and Moir, M.  (2017) “Improving situational awareness for flash flood forecasting in a small urban catchment by integrating meteorological analysis into a geospatial framework,” Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, online 12 September, [part of the special issue on “Using remote sensing capabilities to address stakeholder needs in data-sparse contexts” that I guest edited]
  • Oswald, E. M., Dupigny-Giroux, L.-A., Leibensperger, E., Poirot, R. and Merrell, J. (2015) “Climate  controls on air quality in the Northeastern U.S.: An examination of ozone statistics during 1993-2012," Atmospheric Environment,  doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.04.019. Available at

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow - American Meteorological Society    
  • Fellow - Gund Insitute for Environment
  • Association of Women Geoscientists Professional Excellence Award in the Academia/ Research  category. For “distinguished contributions in their professions throughout their careers” 
  • Keynote speaker - Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, Narragansett RI
  • International Joint Commission, Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study, US Chair, Public Advisory Board       
  • Featured in “Voices of Geography” of the Directions Magazine. In recognition of ‘positive, meaningful contributions to geography.’      
  • Fellow - Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering    
  • Goddard College - Commencement Speaker - Graduate Institute and Scholar in residence
  • University of Georgia - Franklin Visiting Scholar (Inclusion and Diversity Leadership)  
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Educational Foundation Fellow     
  • University of Vermont - Dean’s Lecture Award, Sustainability Faculty Fellow,  Faculty Fellow in Service-Learning,  Fellow - Center for Research on Vermont    

Associations and Affiliations

  • Vermont State Climatologist
  • President - American Association of State Climatologists
  • Secondary appointment - Department of Geology; College of Education & Social Services; Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources.
  • Adjunct Professor - School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • American Association of State Climatologists
  • American Association of Geographers (formerly the Association of American Geographers)
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet)
Gund Faculty Fellow Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate variability and change, geospatial climate, National Climate Assessment, K-12 climate education and literacy, floods and droughts, human vulnerability


  • PhD, Climatology & Geographic Information Systems, McGill University
  • MS, Climatology and Hydrology, McGill University
  • BS, Physical Geography and Development Studies, University of Toronto


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