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Cameron C. Lee

Research Faculty

My main research interests are in applied climatology, focusing on utilizing synoptic methods in a variety of applications. My master's thesis focused on joining synoptic methods with global climate model output data in order to project future tornado day frequency and seasonality in the US. My dissertation research focused primarily on the development of a gridded synoptic weather typing classification for the United States, which will be useful in a number of applications.

My current research applies synoptic methods in the development of a water clarity index as an indicator of climate change in the coastal southeastern US. Previous grant-based research includes assessing the impacts of climate change on hazardous heat events in California, and studying the relationship between synoptic weather types and asthma in New York State. Other non-grant related research has included studying the relationship of air pollution to synoptic weather types and atmospheric circulation patterns in Cleveland; the association of circulation patterns to chlorophyll levels near the Florida Gulf Coast, and the impact of transitional weather types on winter mortality.

Research Interests: Applied Climatology, Synoptic Methods, Severe Weather, Climate Change, Air Quality


 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Pirhalla, D.E., Sheridan, S.C., Ransibrahmanakul, V., Lee, C.C. (2014): Assessing Weather‐related Causal Factors to Cold‐snap Mortality Events and Impacts in South Florida Coastal Ecosystems. (Manuscript currently in peer-review).

Lee, C.C. (2014): The Development of a Gridded Weather Typing Classification Scheme. International Journal of Climatology. (Accepted, In Press).

Sheridan, S.C., Lee, C.C. (2013): "Synoptic Climatology." In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York City, USA, Oxford University Press.

Allen, M.J., Lee, C.C. (2013): Investigating High Mortality During the Winter Season: Mapping Patterns of Temperature and Pressure. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. (Accepted, in press).

Sheridan S.C., Pirhalla, D.E., Lee, C.C., Ransibrahmanakul V. (2013): Evaluating Linkages of Weather Patterns and Water Quality Responses in South Florida Using a Synoptic Climatological Approach. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 52(2), 425-438. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0126.1.

Lee, C.C., Sheridan, S.C. and Lin, S. (2012): Relating Weather Types to Asthma-Related Hospital Admissions in New York State. EcoHealth 9(4). DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0803-5.

Lee, C.C., Ballinger, T.J., Domino, N.A. (2012): Utilizing Map Pattern Classification and Surface Weather Typing to Relate Climate to the Air Quality Index in Cleveland, Ohio. Atmospheric Environment 63, 50-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv2012.09.024.

Lee, C.C. (2012): Utilizing Synoptic Climatological Methods to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change on Future Tornado-Favorable Environments. Natural Hazards 62(2), 325-343. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9998-y.

Sheridan, S.C., Lee, C.C. (2012): Synoptic Climatology and the Analysis of Atmospheric Teleconnections. Progress in Physical Geography 36(4) 548-557. DOI: 10.1177/0309133312447935.

Sheridan, S.C., Allen, M.J., Lee, C.C., Kalkstein, L.S. (2012): Future heat vulnerability in California Part II: Projecting future heat related mortality. Climatic Change 115(2), 311-326. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0437-1.

Sheridan, S.C., Lee, C.C., Allen, M.J., Kalkstein, L.S. (2012): Future heat vulnerability in California Part I: Projecting future weather types and heat events. Climatic Change 115(2), 291-309. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0436-2.

Lee, C.C., Sheridan, S.C., and Lin, S. (2011): Seasonal and Lagged Effects of Synoptic Weather Types on Asthma-Related Hospital Admissions in New York State. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Biometeorology.

Lee, C.C. and Sheridan, S.C. (2011): A Six-Step Approach to Developing Future Synoptic Classifications Based on GCM Output. International Journal of Climatology 32, 1792-1802. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2394.

Sheridan S.C., Lee C.C., Allen M.J., Kalkstein L.S. (2011): A spatial synoptic classification approach to projected heat vulnerability in California under future climate change scenarios. Final report to California Air Resources Board, Agreement number 07-304, 153 pp.

Sheridan, S.C. and C.C. Lee (2011): The Self-Organizing Map in Synoptic Climatological Research. Progress in Physical Geography 35(1), 109-119. DOI: 10.1177/0309133310397582.

Lee, C.C. (2010): The Relationship of Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation Patterns to Tornadoes and the Impacts of Climate Change. Masters Thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA, 263 pp.

Sheridan, S.C. and Lee, C.C. (2010): Synoptic Climatology and the General Circulation Model. Progress in Physical Geography 34(1), 101-109. DOI: 10.1177/0309133309357012.

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS:

110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Florida, April 2014; Utilizing a New Gridded Weather Typing Classification Scheme to Evaluate the Relationship between Meteorological Conditions and Cardiovascular-Related Mortality.

29th Annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium; Kent, Ohio; April 2014 (Poster); Cardiovascular-Related Mortality and Links to Multivariate Surface Weather Types.

Geosciences Seminar Series at the University of Akron; Invited Presentation; February 2014; Climate and Air Quality in Cleveland, Ohio: A Combined Synoptic Climatological Approach.

The Annual Water Research Symposium at Kent State University, Kent, OH, November 2013 (Poster); Assessing the Link between Weather Patterns and Water Quality using a Synoptic Climatological Approach.

13th European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting and 11th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology; Reading, UK; September, 2013; The Development of an Automated and Gridded Synoptic Classification for Surface Weather Types.

13th European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting and 11th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology; Reading, UK; September, 2013; Linking Synoptic Weather Types to Asthma-Related Hospital Admissions in New York State.

28th Annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium; Kent, Ohio; April, 2013; Circulation and Weather Type Associations with the Air Quality Index in Cleveland, Ohio.

109th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers; Los Angeles, California; April, 2013; Relating Climate to the Air Quality Index in Cleveland, Ohio Using a Combined Synoptic Climatological Methodology.

24th Annual Conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology; Columbia, South Carolina; August, 2012; Projecting Future Heat-Related Mortality in California Using Synoptic Methods.

27th Annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium; Kent, Ohio; April, 2012; The Impacts of Short-Term Weather Variability on Chlorophyll Levels near the Florida Gulf Coast.

108th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers; New York, New York; February, 2012; Relating Chlorophyll Levels near the Florida Gulf Coast to Regional Synoptic Sea Level Pressure Patterns.

International Congress on Biometeorology; Auckland, New Zealand; December, 2011; Seasonal and Lagged Effects of Synoptic Weather Types on Asthma Related Hospital Admissions in New York State.

26th Annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium; Kent, Ohio; April, 2011; Associating Asthma Admissions to Synoptic Weather Types in New York State.

A Spatial Synoptic Classification Approach to Projected Heat Vulnerability in California Under Future Climate Change Scenarios. Invited presentation to the California Air Resources Board, February 2011. Co-presenter with Dr. Scott Sheridan.

107th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers; Seattle, WA, April, 2011: Relating Weather Types to Asthma-Related Hospital Admissions in New York State.

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Invited Presentation at the Fall 2010 Meeting; Kent, Ohio; September, 2010;  Projecting Future Tornado Days with Synoptic Methods

106th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers; Washington, D.C., April, 2010: The Relationship of Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation Patterns to Tornadoes and the Impacts of Climate Change.

Research Areas
  • Climatology
  • Climate Change
  • Synoptic Climatology
Affiliations

Member of the Association of American Geographers

Member of the American Meteorological Society

Member of the International Society of Biometeorology

Cameron C. Lee
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