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. 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.

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Climate variability and change; climate education and literacy; climate hazards; drought; New England and Vermont


  • Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University. Climatology & Geographic Information Systems 1996
  • Master of Science, McGill University. Climatology and Hydrology. 1992 Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto (High Distinction). Physical Geography and Development Studies. 1989
  • G.C.E. (Cambridge) Advanced Level, St. Joseph's Convent (Trinidad). 1979-1986


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Office Location:

200 Old Mill Building