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Scott Sheridan

Department of Geography
Professor and Chairperson
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Room 413 McGilvrey Hall
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My research interests are in synoptic climatology, climate change, and bioclimatology. Perhaps foremost, I've worked on addressing the problem of heat vulnerability through a number of different avenues, from survey work on heat perception, to the development of over 30 heat-warning systems across the globe, and projections of future vulnerability. I am also interested in all other aspects of applied climatology, including climate and crime, atmospheric composition, and agriculture. I also serve as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Biometeorology.



PhD, Climatology, University of Delaware


Climatology, Biometeorology, Climate, Climate Change, Climate And Health, Applied Climatology, Health


  • Sheridan SC, Lee CC, Adams RE, Smith ET, Pirhalla DE, Ransibrahmanakul V. Temporal Modeling of Anomalous Coastal Sea Level Values Using Synoptic Climatological Patterns. Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 124, 14pp. DOI: 10.1029/2019JC015421.
  • Sheridan SC, Lee CC, Allen MJ. 2019. The mortality response to absolute and relative temperature extremes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 1493.
  • Sheridan SC, Lee CC. 2019. Temporal trends in absolute and relative extreme temperature events across North America. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 123, 11889-11898.
  • Smith ET, Sheridan SC. 2019. The Influence of Atmospheric Circulation Patterns on Cold Air Outbreaks in the Eastern United States. International Journal of Climatology, 39, 2080-2095.
  • Smith ET, Sheridan SC. 2019. The Influence of Extreme Cold Events on Mortality in the United States. Science of the Total Environment, 67, 342-251.
  • Lee CC, Sheridan SC. 2018. Trends in weather type frequencies across North America. npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 1, 41.
  • Lee CC, Sheridan SC. 2018. A new approach to modeling temperature-related mortality: Non-linear autoregressive models with exogenous input. Environmental Research, 154, 53-64.
  • Sheridan SC, Allen MJ. 2018. Temporal trends in human vulnerability to excessive heat. Environmental Research Letters, 13, 043001, 12 pp.
  • Cerveny R, et al., including Sheridan SC. 2017. WMO Assessment of Weather and Climate Mortality Extremes: Lightning, Tropical Cyclones, Tornadoes, and Hail. Weather Climate and Society, 9, 487-497.
  • Sheridan SC, Dixon PG. 2017. Spatiotemporal trends in human vulnerability and adaptation to heat across the United States. Anthropocene, 20, 61-73.
  • Lee CC, Sheridan SC, Barnes BB, Hu C, Pirhalla DE, Ransibrahmanakul V, Shein K. 2017. The development of a non-linear auto-regressive model with exogenous input (NARX) to model climate-water clarity relationships: reconstructing an historical water clarit
  • Allen MJ, Sheridan SC. 2016. Evaluating Changes in Season Length, Onset, and End Dates across the United States (1948 – 2012). International Journal of Climatology, 36, 1268-77.
  • Ballinger TJ, Sheridan SC. 2015. Sea ice impacts on polar surface weather types in the North American Arctic. Climate Research, in press.
  • Allen MJ, Sheridan SC. 2015. Mortality risks during extreme temperature events (ETEs) using a distributed lag non-linear model . International Journal of Biometeorology, in press.
  • Pirhalla DE, Sheridan SC, Ransi V, Lee CC. 2015. Assessing Cold-snap and Mortality Events in South Florida Coastal Ecosystems: Development of a Biological Cold Stress Index using Satellite SST and Weather Pattern Forcing. Estuaries and Coasts, 38, 2310-23
  • Sheridan SC, Allen MJ. 2015. Changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme temperature events and human health concerns. Current Climate Change Reports, 8 pp., DOI 10.1007/s40601-015-0017-3.
  • Ballinger TJ, Sheridan SC. 2015. Regional atmospheric patterns and the delayed sea-ice freeze-up in the western Arctic. Climatic Change, 131, 229-243.
  • Phillips MCK, Cinderich AB, Burrell JL, Ruper JL, Will RG, Sheridan SC. 2015. The effect of climate change on natural disasters: a college student perspective. Weather Climate and Society, 7, 60-68.
  • Spencer JM, Sheridan SC. 2015. Web-based hypothermia information: a critical assessment of Internet resources and a comparison to peer-reviewed literature. Perspectives in Public Health, 135, 85-91.
  • Allen MJ, Sheridan SC. 2014. High-mortality days during the winter season: comparing meteorological conditions across 5 US cities. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58, 217-225.
  • Ballinger, T.J. and S.C. Sheridan, 2013: Associations between circulation pattern frequencies and sea ice minima in the western Arctic. International Journal of Climatology, 10 pp., in press.
  • Sheridan, S.C. and C.C. Lee, 2013: Synoptic Climatology. Oxford Bibliographies, in press.
  • Sheridan, S.C., D.P. Pirhalla, C.C. Lee, and V. Ransi, 2012: Evaluating Linkages of Weather Patterns and Water Quality Responses in South Florida Using a Synoptic Climatological Approach. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 425-438.
  • Sheridan, S.C., C.C. Lee, M.J. Allen, and L.S. Kalkstein, 2012: Future heat vulnerability in California Part I: Projecting future weather types and heat events. Climatic Change, 115, 291-309.
  • Sheridan, S.C., M.J. Allen, C.C. Lee, and L.S. Kalkstein, 2012: Future heat vulnerability in California Part II: Projecting future heat-related mortality. Climatic Change, 115, 321-326.
  • Sheridan, S.C., and A.J. Kalkstein, 2010: Seasonal variability in heat-related mortality across the United States. Natural Hazards, 55, 291-305.
  • Sheridan, S.C., and C.C. Lee, 2010: Synoptic climatology and the general circulation model. Progress in Physical Geography, 34, 101-109.
  • Hajat, S., S.C. Sheridan, M.J. Allen, M. Pascal, K. Laaidi, A. Yagouti, U. Bickis, A. Tobias, D. Bourque, B.G. Armstrong, T. Kosatsky, 2010: Which days of hot weather are identified as dangerous by Heat-Health Warning Systems? A comparison of the predict


Association of American Geographers, International Society of Biometeorology, American Meteorological Society


Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative