Publications

Peer-reviewed Research:


January, 2020, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society— Providing climate information via trusted communicators in local media is an effective approach to increasing understanding and acceptance of, concern about, and engagement with climate change across the political ideology spectrum.

October 2019, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society— Television weathercasters are uniquely situated to inform their audiences about the local impacts of global climate change and a growing number of them are adopting the role of climate change educator.

October 2019, Nature Communications— By 2050 sea level rise will push average annual coastal floods higher than land now home to 300 million people.
 
March 2018, Remote Sensing of the Environment — This paper Introduces an improved global coastal elevation dataset, called CoastalDEM, and the methodology used to develop it.

October 2017, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — More than 90% of weathercasters indicated that climate change is happening and approximately 80% indicated that human-caused climate change is happening in this survey update.

2017, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — Findings from the most recent surveys of TV weathercasters – which are methodologically superior to prior surveys in a number of important ways – suggest that weathercasters' views of climate change may be rapidly evolving.

June 26, 2017, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — Droughts of the 21st century are characterized by hotter temperatures, longer duration and greater spatial extent, and are increasingly exacerbated by human demands for water.

June 2017, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — American Meteorological Society (AMS) members have long played leading roles in climate science research in the United States and internationally.

August 2016, Oxford  — Global climate change is influencing the weather in every region of the United States, often in harmful ways. Yet, like people in many countries, most Americans view climate change as a threat that is distant in space.

2016, Frontiers in Earth Science  — Elevation data based on NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) have been widely used to evaluate threats from global sea level rise, storm surge, and coastal floods.

June 2016, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — Broadcast meteorologists are ideally positioned to educate Americans about the current and projected impacts of climate change in their community.

2015, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  — Anthropogenic carbon emissions lock in long-term sea-level rise that greatly exceeds projections for this century, posing profound challenges for coastal development and cultural legacies.

January 2014, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society  — The nation’s TV meteorologists and weathercasters the vast majority of whom work in local TV—are a potentially important source of informal science education about climate change for a wide cross section of the U.S. population.

2014, Earth's Future  — Sea-level rise due to both climate change and non-climatic factors threatens coastal settlements, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

2012, Environmental Research Letters  — Because sea level could rise 1 m or more during the next century, it is important to understand what land, communities and assets may be most at risk from increased flooding and eventual submersion.

2012, Environmental Research Letters  — Sound policies for protecting coastal communities and assets require good information about vulnerability to flooding.

Other Reports:


March 2017  — The aim of this survey is to explore weathercasters’ views about climate change, and to better understand their interests and activities in reporting on the local impacts of climate change.

July 2016  — In records running back to 1900, Philadelphia has never seen waterfront flooding that reaches 4 feet above the local high tide line.

March 2016  — The aim of this survey is to explore weathercasters’ views about climate change, and to better understand their interests and activities in reporting on the local impacts of climate change.

February 2016  — Human-caused climate change is contributing to global sea level rise and consequently aggravating coastal floods.

November 2015  — Carbon emissions causing 4 degrees Celsius of warming (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) — a business-as- usual scenario — could lock in enough eventual sea level rise to submerge land currently home to 470 to 760 million people globally.

August 2015  — Low-end sea level projections lead to a greater than even chance of record-breaking floods exceeding 6 feet above the high tide line by 2040 at Grand Isle, Louisiana, on the sinking Mississippi Delta.

August 2015  — Low-range sea level projections lead to an even chance of floods exceeding 6 feet above the high tide line by mid-century, at sites across Mississippi’s coastline, exposing nearly $1.5 billion in today’s property.

August 2015  — Low-range sea level projections lead to an even chance of floods exceeding 6 feet above the high tide line by mid-century at sites across Alabama’s coastline, exposing more than $8 billion in today’s property.

April 2015  — The aim of this survey is to explore weathercasters’ views about climate change, and to better understand their interests and activities in reporting on the local impacts of climate change.

September 2014  — Floods exceeding today’s historic records are likely to take place within the next 20 to 30 years at sites across Virginia under mid-range sea level rise projections.

September 2014  — An intermediate high sea level rise scenario leads to better than even chances of record-breaking coastal floods within the next 60 years in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas, and as soon as 20 years in other parts of the state.

September 2014  — Washington, D.C. is likely to see record flooding by 2040 under a mid-range sea level rise scenario. A low-range scenario leads to a better-than-even chance by 2030 of flooding more than 6 feet above the local high tide line – a level topped just once in the last 70 years.

September 2014  — Under a low-range sea level rise scenario, Delaware is likely to see record-breaking coastal floods within the next 20 years, and near certain to see floods more than 5 feet above the high tide line by 2100.

July 21, 2014  — Floods exceeding today’s historic records are likely to take place within the next 20-30 years in the Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach areas, about 3.5 feet above the local high tide line, under mid-range sea level rise projections.

July 15, 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

June 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

April 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

April 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

April 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

April 2014  — Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause.

2013  — An electric car is only as good for the climate as the electricity used to power it. And in states that rely heavily on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for their electricity there are many conventional and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

May 2013  — Knowing how much methane is leaking from the natural gas system is essential to determining the potential climate benefits of natural gas use.
A Roadmap to Climate-Friendly Cars
2012  — America’s high-carbon electricity grid is shortcircuiting efforts to give consumers climate-friendly, electric-vehicle options.
Can U.S. Carbon Emissions Keep Falling
October 2012  — A Climate Central analysis of the American energy economy shows that the nearly 9 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions in the U.S. since 2005 is unlikely to continue in the years ahead without major departures from the ways energy is currently produced and used.

April 2012  — Sea level rise from global warming is well on the way to doubling the risk of coastal floods 4 feet or more over high tide by 2030 at locations nationwide.

March 14, 2012  — Global warming has raised sea level about eight inches since 1880, and the rate of rise is accelerating. Scientists expect 20 to 80 more inches this century, a lot depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky.

March 14, 2012  — Simple, quotable information on odds of extreme floods with and without global warming; historic and projected sea level rise; population, homes and land at risk; and towns, cities and counties facing the largest threats; plus research notes and reusable graphics.

June 2011  — Among the most trusted and familiar sources of informal science education for most Americans, weathercasters are optimally positioned to help enhance public understanding of climate change, including how it is influencing local and regional weather patterns across the United States.