Weather and Climate Studies of the Rocky Mountain West: I

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Water Resources Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 8:40 AM / 9:55 AM
Room: Governors Square 9, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Brandon Vogt
Chairs: Brandon Vogt

Call for Submissions

WEATHER AND CLIMATE STUDIES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST session seeks papers that examine changes, impacts, perspectives, variability, and case studies in weather and climate as manifest across the North American Rocky Mountain West.

This session is aligned with the AAG 2020 theme The Changing North American Continent.

Present in this interdisciplinary, regional geography session and meet others with interests in meteorology / climatology and a passion for the North American Rocky Mountain West.

Email your AAG PIN, paper title, and abstract to Brandon Vogt ( ) by Friday, November 18, 2019.

Brandon J. Vogt, PhD
Associate Professor & Graduate Director
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
University of Colorado Colorado Springs


Aligned with the AAG 2020 theme 'The Changing North American Continent,' these three sessions present papers that examine changes, impacts, perspectives, variability, and case studies in WEATHER and CLIMATE as manifest across the NORTH AMERICAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST. Meteorological elements (temperature, moisture, wind, and pressure) interact at micro-to-synoptic spatial scales and weather-to-climatological temporal scales with basins, mountain ranges, plateaus, urban areas, and the endless array of terrain features that define this region. Documenting these atmosphere / landscape interactions and understanding their sensitivities to change are geographical problems that impact, sometimes in profound ways, the core elements of physical, societal, and human-environmental systems, including health, ecosystems, air quality, food, water / cryosphere, energy, climate, droughts, floods, erosion, extreme weather events, excessive heat, wildland fire, recreation, and transportation. Session I focuses on historical Western climatologies, Colorado snowpack, and Colorado mountain meteorology; Session II focuses on fire regimes in Alaska, glacial ice loss in Wyoming, and climate change in New Mexico and Colorado, and session III focuses on climate change, drought, and deserts in California.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Erik Smith*, Kent State University, Trends in atmospheric circulation patterns across North America 15 8:40 AM
Presenter Cary Mock*, University of South Carolina, Historical Climatology, Weather Experiences, and 1849 Overland Trail Emigrants in the Rocky Mountains 15 8:55 AM
Presenter Jase Bernhardt*, Hofstra University, Mining Weather and Climate Data from the Diary of a Forty- Niner 15 9:10 AM
Presenter Chris Hancock*, University of Denver, Changes to Colorado’s Alpine Snowpack and Snowmelt Hydrology 15 9:25 AM
Presenter Brandon Vogt*, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Terrain-Tied Meteorology: Start Early and Bring a Camera, a Helmet, Shorts, and a Parka 15 9:40 AM

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