- GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
- City and Community Studies Initiative
- Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability
I am currently a third-year PhD student, ABD. 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 focuses primarily on the development of a gridded synoptic weather typing classification for the United States, with an application to ozone levels in urban and rural areas of Northeast Ohio.
As a Graduate Research Assistant, additional 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. More recently, I've been looking into 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. Other research has been conducted on forest microclimates and edge impacts. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I have been the instructor of record for the Geography of the United States and Canada, and Physical Geography.
Research Interests: Applied Climatology, Synoptic Methods, Severe Weather, Climate Change, Air Quality
Dissertation: The Development and Application of a Gridded Weather Typing Classification Scheme
Advisor: Dr. Scott C. Sheridan
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Allen, M.J., Lee, C.C. (2013): Investigating High Mortality During the Winter Season: Mapping Patterns of Temperature and Pressure (Manuscript currently under review).
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. (2013): Relating Weather Types to Asthma-Related Hospital Admissions in New York State. EcoHealth. (In Press). 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.
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, 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.
25th Annual Kent State University Graduate Student Colloquium; Kent, Ohio, April, 2010: A Synoptic Climatology of United States Tornado Days and the Impacts of Climate Change
- Climate Change
- Synoptic Methods
Member of the Association of American Geographers
Member of the American Meteorological Society
Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society
Member of the International Society of Biometeorology
OFFICEDepartment of Geography
407 McGilvrey Hall
Summer 2013:Available by appointment
COURSES TEACHINGSpring 2013
- GEOG 21062 - 002 Physical Geography
- GEOG 17064 - 003 Geog Us And Canada