WVU climatology lab focuses on the following areas: monsoon climates, land and atmosphere interactions, and climatic impacts on agriculture, forests, and human health. For the details of research, click research

Spatial linear regression trends of fraction (%/year) for (a) croplands, (b) forests, and (c) grasslands from 1982 to 2012. Statistically non-significant areas are masked out and areas significant at the 5% level are shaded. He, Y. et al. (Remote Sens., 2018).
Schematic illustration of the ocean and atmosphere processes over the equatorial western Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, driving wet NEIMR conditions over the southeastern India. Shanmugasundaram and Lee (Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 2018).
1982 annual LULC maps of China, produced by random forest classification. He, Lee, and Warner (Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017).
2013 annual LULC maps of China, produced by random forest classification. He, Lee, and Warner (Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017).
Temples and tanks in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. (a) Nataraja temple and its tank in Chidambaram, and (b) Veeranam Lake in Sethiyathope. Shanmugasundaram et al. (The Anthropocene Review, 2017)
Potential physical processes of the land surface and atmospheric variables associated with the heat waves over the South Central U.S. Lee et al. (JGR-Atmospheres, 2016)
The land use and land cover types of Africa from the MODIS Land Cover Dataset in 2001. The Sahel region is outlined in red. He and Lee (Earth Interactions, 2016)
Time-series of summer precipitation and spring and summer vegetation index (NDVIs) area-averaged over the Sahel region. Lee et al. (Physical Geography, 2015)


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– Yaqian’s second paper from her dissertation published in Remote Sensing (Mar. 23, 2018).

WVU geography alumnus receives national Outstanding Scientist Award. Congrats Dr. Shanmugasundram! (Mar, 2018).

– Jothi’s third paper from his PhD study published in International J. of Climatology (Jan, 2018).

– WVU Climatology Lab contributed to Monsoon study by publishing “Geography of Monsoons” on Oxford Bibliographies in Geography (Nov. 29, 2017).

– Dr. Jothi’s second paper from his PhD works published in Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans (Nov. 16, 2017).

– Welcome Shobha for joining WVU Climatology Lab (Aug. 2017).

– Yaqian’s first paper from her PhD study published in Remote Sensing of Environment (Aug. 31, 2017).

– Jothi successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Congratulations to Dr. Jothi! (Apr. 13, 2017).

– Jothi’s first paper from his PhD study published in The Anthropocene Review (Mar. 2017).

– Congratulating Yaqian for the WVU Outstanding Merit Fellowship for 2017-18 (Mar. 2017).

– A paper in Science (Oct. 2016). Links to WVU Today and Science.

– Welcome Ellie for joining WVU Climatology Lab (Aug. 2016).

– Grant awarded: WVU Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (PSCoR) (July 2016).

– Dr. Lee interviewed with ‘The Register-Herald’ on climate change and deadly flooding in WV (Editor’s pick; July 2016) [Link]

– Congratulations Yaqian! First place in the student oral competition at WV GIS conference (May 2016).

– Congratulations to Jothi for defending his PhD proposal (Feb. 2016).

– Congratulations to Yaqian for defending her PhD proposal (Dec. 2015).