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Tom Ballinger

Doctoral Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate with interests surrounding climate variability and change, especially in the polar regions.  My dissertation research is primarily concerned with the atmospheric and oceanic causes of regional Arctic sea ice decline and the consequences of these losses as they relate to Arctic and subarctic weather and climate.  I use both statistical and synoptic climatological approaches to evaluate these ice-climate relationships over time.  During Fall 2014, I am teaching Physical Geography.     

 


Education

 

Ph.D., Geography, Present

 

M.A., Geography (Climatology), The Ohio State University, 2011

 

B.A., History, Minor: Geography, Kent State University, 2008

 

 

Publications


Ballinger, T.J., and J.C. Rogers, 2014: Climatic and atmospheric teleconnection indices and western Arctic sea ice variability.  Physical Geography, 35, 459-477, doi:10.1080/02723646.2014.949338.


Ballinger, T.J., and S.C. Sheridan, 2014: Associations between circulation pattern frequencies and sea ice minima in the western Arctic.  International Journal of Climatology, 34, 1385-1394, doi:10.1002/joc.3767.


Ballinger, T.J., M.J. Allen, and R.V. Rohli, 2014: Spatiotemporal analysis of the January Northern Hemisphere circumpolar vortex over the contiguous United States.  Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 3602-3608, doi:10.1002/2014GL060285.

Ballinger, T.J., S.C. Sheridan, and E. Hanna, 2014: Resolving the Beaufort Sea High using synoptic climatological methods.  International Journal of Climatology, 34, 3312-3319, doi:10.1002/joc.3907.

Ballinger, T.J., and J.C. Rogers, 2013: Atmosphere and ocean impacts on recent western Arctic summer sea ice melt.  Geography Compass, 7, 686-700, doi:10.1111/gec3.12077.

 

Ballinger, T.J., T.W. Schmidlin, and D.F. Steinhoff, 2013: The Polar Marine climate revisited.  Journal of Climate26, 3935-3952, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00660.1.

 

Lee, C.C., T.J. Ballinger, and N.A. Domino, 2012: Utilizing map pattern classification and surface weather typing to relate climate to the Air Quality Index in Cleveland, Ohio.  Atmospheric Environment63, 50-59, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.09.024.

 

 

Select Presentations

 

Ballinger, T.J., S.C. Sheridan, and E. Hanna, 2014: Assessing Beaufort Sea High variability using disparate circulation pattern classifications, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.  Tampa, Florida.


Ballinger, T.J., T.W. Schmidlin, and D.F. Steinhoff, 2014: Circulation regimes affiliated with boreal Polar Marine climate and ecological change, 20th International Conference on Biometeorology.  Cleveland, Ohio


Ballinger, T.J., and S.C. Sheridan, 2013: Evaluating post Arctic sea ice minima weather patterns over North America using multiple synoptic climatological approaches, American Meteorological Society 12th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography.  Seattle, Washington.

 

Ballinger, T.J., and S.C. Sheridan, 2013: A synoptic climatology of western Arctic SLP patterns and its relationship to mid-September ice extent, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.  Los Angeles, California.

 

Ballinger, T.J., J.C. Rogers, and M.-P. Hung, 2012: On the statistical relation between the AMO and Beaufort and Chukchi Seas late summer sea ice retreat, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.  New York, New York.

 

Ballinger, T.J., 2011: The influence of atmosphere-ocean teleconnections on western Arctic sea ice, East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers.  Youngstown, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Affiliations

American Meteorological Society

Association of American Geographers

Tom Ballinger
OFFICE
Department of Geography
OFFICE HOURS

McGilvrey Hall 445B

MW 11:30 am - 1:30 pm or by appointment

CONTACT INFO
tballin1@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Fall 2014
  • GEOG 21062 - 002 Physical Geography