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Arthur DeGaetano

  • Arthur DeGaetano
  • Dept: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: Room 1119 Bradfield Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-0385
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Art DeGaetano is Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell. He is also the director of the federally-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC)and Associate Chair of Earth and Atmospheric (EAS). The NRCC`s mission is to enhance the use and dissemination of climate information to a wide variety of sectors in the Northeast. Art serves as an editor for the American Meteorological Society Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Art has been at Cornell since 1991 serving as the center`s Research Climatologist until 2001. Prior to his arrival at Cornell Art was an Assistant Professor with the Meteorology Department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. focusing on Climatology and Horticulture from Rutgers University in 1989.

Research Interests

My research focus can best be described as applied climatology. This involves the development of methods and data sets that provide climatological information to decision-makers in a variety of fields. Four more specific research areas make up this general focus, modeling climate influences on man-made and biological systems, documenting observed variations in the climate system, improving climate data quality and assessing climate impacts.

Teaching Interests

My teaching focuses on two main aspects. Foremost is my contribution to a nationally recognized undergraduate program in Atmospheric Science. In addition, I teach a increasingly popular general interest science course on Global Warming, EAS 268. I also teach two required AS courses, EAS 341, Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Hydrostatics, and EAS 447, Physical Meteorology.

Service Interests

My outreach focus is through the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC). The NRCC is one of six federal centers that disseminates climate data, data products and decision tools to regional stakeholders. The NRCC is on the forefront of developing online data disemination systems that are in use nationally. Increasingly, these systems are being tailored to address issues related to climate change adaptation.

Selected Publications

  • Kerr, Gaige Hunter, Arthur DeGaetano, Cathelijne R. Stoof, Daniel Ward. 2016. "Climate change effects on wildland fire risk in the Northeastern and Great Lakes states predicted by a downscaled multi-model ensemble.." Theoretical and Applied Climatology.
  • Castellano, Christopher M., Arthur DeGaetano. 2016. "A multi-step approach for downscaling daily precipitation extremes from historical analogues." International Journal of Climatology 36 (4): 1797-1807.
  • DeGaetano, Arthur, Brian Belcher, William Noon. 2015. "Temporal and Spatial Interpolation of the Standardized Precipitation Index for Computational Efficiency in the Dynamic Drought Index Tool.." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54: 795-810.
  • DeGaetano, Arthur, W. Noon, K. L. Eggleston. 2014. "Efficient Access to Climate Products in Support of Climate Services using the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) Web Services." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Vose, R. S., S. Applequist, M. Bourassa, S. Pryor, et. al., Arthur DeGaetano. 2014. "Monitoring and understanding changes in extremes: Extratropical storms, winds, and waves." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95: 377-386.

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