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Johnathan Kirk

Doctoral Student

Currently, I am a first year Doctoral student interested in weather, climate, GIS, and hazard mapping. My Masters thesis focused on riverine flood inundation mapping by digitizing a river in a hydraulic model to generate inundation output based on real-time hydrologic forecasts and observations. The probabilities of inundation were then calculated in a GIS environment to express the likelihoods of flood depth and extent on an event-by-event basis.


Kirk, Johnathan P. "A methodology for developing GIS-based probabilistic riverine flood inundation maps for Tonawanda Creek in western New York." Master's thesis, Kent State University, 2013.


M.A., Geography, Kent State University; 2013

B.S., Atmospheric Science, Minor: Communication, Cornell University; 2011


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Collins, Mathias J., Johnathan P. Kirk, Joshua Pettit, Arthur T. DeGaetano, M. Sam McCown, Thomas C. Peterson, Tiffany N. Means, and Xuebin Zhang, 2013: Annual floods in New England (USA) and Atlantic Canada: Synoptic climatology and generating mechanisms. Physical Geography.



"Relating Atmospheric Circulation Pattern Frequencies to Water Resources in the Colorado River Basin" Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. April 8-12, 2014. Oral.

"A Methodology for Developing Probabilistic River Flood Inundation Maps" 94th Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting. Atlanta, GA. February 2-6, 2014. Poster.

"A Proposed Methodology for Creating a Probabilistic Riverine Flood Inundation Map for Tonawanda Creek in Western New York" 93rd Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting. Austin, TX. January 6-10, 2013. Poster. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA; April 9-13, 2013. Oral.

"Categorization and Spatial Analysis of Flooding Storms in New England and Atlantic Canada" 92nd Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting. New Orleans, LA; January 22-26, 2012. Poster. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. New York, NY; February 24-28, 2012. Oral.

"Synoptic Categorization and Data Analysis of Historical Flood-Inducing Storms in the Northeast" 91st Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting. Seattle, WA; January 22-27, 2011. Poster. 36th Annual Northeastern Storm Conference (NESC) Taunton, MA March 11-13, 2011. Oral. 19th US-Canadian Great Lakes Operational Meteorology Workshop (GLOMW) Cornell University; Ithaca, NY; March 21-23, 2011. Oral.

Research Areas
  • Weather
  • Climatology
  • GIS
  • Hydrology

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Johnathan Kirk
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