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Johnathan Kirk

Doctoral Student

I am a Doctoral student interested in weather, climatology, GIS, and hazard mapping. My dissertation research focuses on applications of synoptic climatology related to the ongoing drought conditions in the Colorado River Basin in the southwestern US. Some of my other projects emphasize mapping, including the visualization of real-time river forecasts as probabilistic flood maps, comparing digital elevation model data sources as inputs for flood mapping, and designing maps for professional display, including maps of meteorological data and Census-based demographic data.

Thesis:

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.

Education:

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

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

 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Publications:

Collins, Mathias J., Johnathan P. Kirk, Joshua Pettit, Arthur T. DeGaetano, M. Sam McCown, Thomas C. Peterson, Tiffany N. Means, and Xuebin Zhang, 2014: Annual floods in New England (USA) and Atlantic Canada: Synoptic climatology and generating mechanisms. Physical Geography 35, no. 3: 195-219.

 

Presentations:

"Spatiotemporal Trends in the Recent Climatic Landscape of the Southwestern United States" Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 21-25, 2015. Oral.

"Synoptic Classification as an Analytical Tool for Water Resources in the Colorado River Basin" 95th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. January 4-8, 2015. Poster.

"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
Affiliations

American Meteorological Society

Association of American Geographers

National Weather Association

Johnathan Kirk
OFFICE
Department of Geography
OFFICE HOURS

MW 11:00-1:00

McGilvrey 442F

CONTACT INFO
jkirk9@kent.edu